Pathways to Health

December 17, 2019


Did You Know?

Here are some great tips for managing holiday stress.
1. Determine what really matters.
2. Don't be afraid to say no.
3. Set limits with troublesome family members.
4. You don't have to be perfect.
5. Remember why you are doing this.

6. Make your own traditions.
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We invite YOU, our Healthcare Professions Partners,
Adopt an Anatomy in Clay Maniken

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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...


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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Axis Health System CEO retires after 19 years of leadership

Durango, CO: The Board of Directors of Axis Health System (AHS) announce the retirement of their Chief Executive Officer, Bern Heath, Ph.D. Dr. Heath has served as CEO for more than 19 years. Over that tenure, he has overseen tremendous growth of the organization and the transformation from a traditional community mental health center to a health system that brings together primary care, mental health, substance use treatment and oral health in one setting.

Under his leadership, AHS returned an inpatient, psychiatric resource to the region with the construction and operation of the first State-licensed Acute Treatment Unit. Axis also established the third Crisis Intervention Team (law enforcement partnership) in the State and the very first in the nation in a rural/frontier setting. Other accomplishments include the construction of three clinical facilities, the expansion of crisis services and the establishment of AHS as both a State-designated Community Mental Health Center and a federally designated primary care Community Health Center (FQHC) – the only such combined designation in Colorado and one of only a handful in the country.
Read the entire press release here.

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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.
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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.
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Clinical Scholar Workshop: February 10 -14, 2020

Clinical Scholar Workshop:
Are you an experienced nurse who would like to share your wealth of knowledge with men and women entering your profession? If so, we need nurses like you to become Clinical Scholars!

What is a Clinical Scholar?
A Clinical Scholar is a Baccalaureate level or more highly academically prepared registered nurse who will work with a school of nursing to instruct nursing students in a clinical setting. In general, Clinical Scholars maintain their current employment in a clinical facility and ideally host nursing students there. Clinical Scholars assist with the valuable, hands-on instruction that can only be provided by skilled, seasoned nurses. Additionally, Clinical Scholars will be involved in the evaluation of nursing students.

Upon completion of the five-day course, the expectation is that the Clinical Scholar will be actively involved in teaching nursing students. Because of the high demand for this education, you should only register if clinical teaching is something that you want to pursue at the present time and fits within your current employment situation.

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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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Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration (NEPQR: BHI)

Fiscal Year 2020 Application Due Date: February 19, 2020

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the NEPQR: BHI Program. The fiscal year 2020 application cycle opened on December 4 and closes on February 19, 2020 in Grants.gov.
The purpose of this program is to increase the access to and quality of behavioral health services through team-based care models in interprofessional nurse-led primary care teams in rural or underserved areas.
The NEPQR: BHI program will train and educate the future nursing workforce to provide integrated behavioral health services in rural communities. Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities, or partnerships of such schools and facilities.
HRSA expects approximately $8,500,000 to be available in FY 2020 to fund an estimated 17 cooperative agreements.

Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals Online

Dates: March 6, 2020 to April 24, 2020

Topics in this comprehensive “Level 1” training include patient communication, health promotion and professional conduct.

This 8-week virtual course will include both online coursework (reading, quizzes, assignments) as well as Live Learning Sessions via Zoom. Live Learning Sessions will be held on Fridays at noon Mountain Time during the course.

Register here



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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
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Prevention Services Division

Applications will be considered from current Colorado residents

· Working title: Term-Limited Overdose Project Evaluator (#5217)
· Classification: Statistical Analyst II
· Status: Full time
· Funding: Term-limited funding (funding cannot be guaranteed beyond August 31, 2022)
· FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation)
· Job location: Denver, CO

Please contact Britt Hoerauf at brittany.hoerauf@state.co.us or 303-692-2083 if you have any questions.


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.

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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,
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