Pathways to Health

December 3, 2019


Did You Know?

December 1–7 is National Influenza Vaccination Week
Previous flu vaccination coverage data have shown that fewer people get vaccinated against influenza after the end of November.

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Anatomy in Clay® is a program that increases knowledge of human anatomy by using a hands-on approach to learning in which students build anatomical features on to a model (or Maniken®). This approach allows students to build anatomical features from the inside out on scale-model skeletons that gives them a three-dimensional perspective of the human body. This increased perspective, along with the interactive, kinesthetic act of building with clay, increases student understanding and retention of human anatomy.

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We invite YOU, our Healthcare Professions Partners, to Adopt an Anatomy in Clay Maniken

Your donation of $576...
• Helps educate area students by showing them how to work with a three-dimensional perspective of the human body
• Gives your organization community recognition - a plaque will be placed on the Maniken® and on all supporting educational materials
• Supports and inspires aspiring healthcare professionals in Southwestern Colorado. READ ON...


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Dear Southwestern Colorado Healthcare Providers,

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC) is a healthcare workforce capacity building organization that works to inspire community members to become healthcare professionals, to educate healthcare professions students about rural and underserved communities, and to provide area healthcare professionals with continuing education that is relevant and meaningful to their work. Our goals are to bring more healthcare professionals to our part of the state and to support the healthcare professionals that provide care in our communities.

As part of our growing programming, we would like to offer continuing education and trainings that give you the skill and knowledge that you need to address the health needs of Southwestern Colorado. We would like to understand what kind of educational opportunities you would like to see offered in our region. These educational opportunities could be for you, your partners, or your staff.

Please take a moment to fill out the Healthcare Professional Training Needs Assessment survey below. The survey is short and the information that you provide to us will be used to create a locally-based training series. The survey specifies some of the areas that are most often cited as healthcare training needs in rural communities but please feel free to write in any topics that may be missing at the end of the survey.

We are grateful to you for your dedication to increasing the wellness of Southwestern Colorado. Thank you in advance for giving us a few minutes of your time!!

Click here to take a brief survey

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What to Expect: Texting with Crisis Services
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has created a short video explaining what to expect when reaching out to the Colorado Crisis Services hotline via text. The video is intended for youth audiences, but is a useful resource for anyone wondering what it is like when they text the word TALK to 38255. The short answer is that they will have a free and confidential conversation with a live, trained clinician who can provide support and resources no matter what the situation or time of day. We invite you to share the video with your networks.

FREE Peer Recovery Coach Training
Save the Date January 6-9th
Durango, CO

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy is a 4-day intensive training workshop focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This prepares participants by helping them to actively listen, ask really good questions and discover and manage their own stuff. This free training is open to anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery.

Who can be a recovery coach?

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HRSA’s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has teamed up with SAMHSA's Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) to connect qualified medical and behavioral health providers to free Medication-Assisted Treatment training, professional development resources, and an opportunity to obtain the DATA 2000 Waiver. The collaboration helps increase access to quality substance use disorder and opioid use disorder treatment in hard hit rural and underserved communities throughout the U.S. Click here


Upcoming Echo Schedule

Pediatric Autism Enhanced Case Management
This monthly opportunity is for primary care providers and clinical psychologists who have completed the Pediatric Autism ECHO series to share current patient cases and receive feedback from a team of specialists. Click here.

School Nurses Managing Neurological Conditions
Up to 11 percent of children and 28 percent of adolescents have reoccurring headaches. This series supports building capacity for school nurses to help students with neurological conditions. Click here.

Team-Based Care Coordination
Care coordination is a set of shared strategies for preventing and managing chronic conditions. This series helps non-licensed care coordinators, patient navigators, and community health workers better understand, communicate, and work at the top of their scope. Click here.


Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry

Fiscal Year 2020 Application Due Date: February 12, 2020

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2020 Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry program.
The application cycle closes on February 12, 2020.
The program provides funding to improve access and delivery of oral health care services for all individuals, particularly vulnerable populations and individuals located in rural and/or underserved areas.
Eligible applicants include entities that have programs in dental schools, or approved residency or advanced education programs in the practice of general, pediatric or public health dentistry, which may include dental schools, public or private not-for-profit hospitals, or other public or private non-profit entities, including faith-based and community based organizations.
HRSA expects approximately $13,000,000 to be available in FY 2020 to fund an estimated 28 eligible grantees.


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Upcoming Trainings, click here

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) is housed within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. We are one of the 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to provide training to professionals addressing public health issues. We serve Region VIII – which includes Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
RM-PHTC works in partnership with subject matter experts to develop a skilled workforce, prepared to address public health needs in their communities. Our expertise in adult learning theory and instructional design ensures engaging, relevant trainings.
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New Jobs
Health Career Announcement

OPEN POSITION: TCHNetwork is hiring a full-time Regional Health Connector (RHC) to advance health and address the social determinants of health in our rural, 6-county region (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties). To accomplish this, the RHC will build relationships with and improve coordination between local medical providers, governmental agencies, and community-based organizations. The RHC will also partner with clinics to support staff as they screen patients for social determinants of health within their practices.

Job Type: Full-time
Montose, CO - No relocation assistance available.

Visit https://tchnetwork.org/jobs/ for full job description.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to info@tchnetwork.org with “Regional Health Connector” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
OPEN POSITION: TCHNetwork is hiring a Community Outreach Manager to support the continued growth and development of TCHNetwork’s health equity work through internal capacity building, community engagement, and by building community relationships. The Manager helps empower, engage, organize, and advocate on behalf of our multicultural population and is responsible for community outreach and engagement, cultural inclusivity & advocacy activities, and providing cultural competency education and resources throughout the region.

Starting salary range is $53,000 – $65,000 based on experience
Great benefits: health & dental insurance, 10 paid holidays, PTO, & employer-matched retirement.

Telluride, CO - No relocation assistance available.

Visit https://tchnetwork.org/jobs/ for full job description.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to lynn@tchnetwork.org with “Community Outreach Manager” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Employment Opportunities


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Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Pagosa Springs, Click HERE

Southwest Health System, Cortez, Click HERE

Axis Health System, Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs,
Click HERE

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