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Andrea Carlstrom, who has served on the board of Solvista Health since 2016, has been named Board Member of the Year by the organization. Carlstrom is the executive director of Chaffee County Public Health, moving into that position following her time as an employee of Solvista Health. She is a strong advocate for the need for more mental health and rural health services.

“I am humbled by the recent recognition as Board Member of the Year,” said Carlstrom. “It is an honor to represent Solvista Health, and I look forward to the challenging, but promising, the road ahead to improve and expand behavioral health services and support in our rural area.”

Chaffee County Executive Director of Public Health Andrea Carlstrom has been named Solvista Board Member of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

Carlstrom says that she has seen firsthand how the local community mental health center serves Chaffee, Fremont, Custer and Lake counties.

“Solvista Health goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our region,” said Carlstrom.  “The passion, dedication, and empathy that Solvista Health gives to the communities it serves are unparalleled.”

Solvista Health CEO Brian Turner is equally enthusiastic about Carlstrom’s dedication to health and wellness and her board service. “Andrea is passionate, kind, dedicated, and the first to roll up her sleeves in service to our communities,” said Turner. “She embodies the spirit of Solvista Health. She knows the best path forward and is always working together to give everyone the best opportunity for health, wellness and purpose.”

Carlstrom’s entire career has been spent in community health and wellness. Before her current role, she has worked in healthcare systems, community health foundations, residential mental health, community mental health and public health. In 2019, she was honored at the 2019 Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council’s Annual Conference with the Age of Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to advance behavioral and public health in rural Colorado.

In her spare time, she continues to focus on community health, volunteering with helping local non-profits, including Ark Valley Helping Hands and Sage Generation. According to Carlstrom, she is also an enthusiastic advocate for Mental Health First Aid, Safe Zone education, parental wellness, legislation and public policy, health equity. She is an active participant with the regional substance abuse coalition.