Pathways to Health

March 3, 2020


Did You Know?

Every year SWCAHEC sponsors the San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair which was held February 25th in Durango. The Science Fair inspires and equips community youth to be the innovators of the future. A big congratulations to Kylie Guiles, this year's winner of SWCAHEC's Health Careers Institute scholarship.

Kylie’s project: Creating Crosslinking Compounds to Cure Cancer made waves in the community as she was also selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, competing against 1,800 students from about 80 different countries. Read the Durango Herald Article - Mancos high-schooler competes in international science fair.

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Care Coordination Collaborative SWCAHEC

The Care Coordination Collaborative Meeting
March 4 at 3:30-4:30pm

Zoom link: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/144496479

As an agency, SWCAHEC recognizes the vital role that you play in increasing the wellness of Southwestern Colorado. You generously collaborate with healthcare organizations, medical practices, and community organizations to provide the most comprehensive care to patients and clients in our region. As a capacity building organization, we would like to support you by providing high quality and meaningful training and coaching opportunities. To this end, we would like to convene a Care Coordination Collaborative to provide the opportunity to discuss what kinds of continuing education will most effectively facilitate your practice. These meetings will allow you to discuss the issues that you face in providing care, and to brainstorm about opportunities that provide knowledge and strategies to address these issues.
The first Care Coordination Collaborative Meeting will be held on March 4th at 3:30 PM. Our meeting will be both in person, and via ZOOM. Our SWCAHEC office is located at 701 Camino del Rio in the Commons Building in suite 320. Our initial meeting will give participants an opportunity to discuss common issues and identify education and training needs. Please R.S.V.P to Kate.Hartzell@swcahec.org
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Rural Health and Hospitals Conference is a great opportunity to network with peers and hear from national experts on the issues impacting rural hospitals and rural health care in Colorado. Join fellow health care leaders to discuss innovative models for rural health care delivery and share strategies that accelerate the shift to an integrated, high-performing and sustainable rural health care system. Sign up...

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Suicide Prevention Symposium

Thursday, March 5

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 Tufts Ave., Denver

Presented by Rotarians for Mental Health

Free and Open to the Public. Learn more...

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RFA for Harm Reduction Grant Funding Opportunity The CDPHE Overdose Prevention Unit is excited to announce the release of a Request for Applications for the Harm Reduction Grant funding opportunity. Eligible entities that can apply for funding under this opportunity include local law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and nonprofit community-based organizations. The purpose of this funding is to reduce health risks associated with drug use by improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and community-based organizations. Grantees must be willing to provide services to people across the full spectrum of substance use including those who are not yet ready to seek addiction treatment services or those who are in recovery. Applications are due March 20, 2020. Click here
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Eliminating health disparities and improving health among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals is imperative to achieving health equity. This introductory online course is about understanding the issues - we will examine ourselves and work to better understand the experience of those in the LGBTQ community.

This six-week online learning experience approaches the issue of LGBTQ health from multiple perspectives.

Spring 2020 - (April - May) Registration Open


Colorado Rural Health Center’s Annual Rural Health Forum
April 15th-17th
Renaissance Denver-Stapleton Hotel
The Colorado Rural Health Center’s Annual Rural Health Forum is in its 20th year of service. The Forum provides an opportunity for Colorado’s 49 certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), rural clinics, and other rural providers and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about rural specific healthcare to convene, learn and network together.
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38th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
March 29–April 1, 2020
Denver, Colorado

Each year, NICWA hosts the largest national gathering on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) child advocacy issues. With over 1,400 attendees—and growing every year—this four-day conference has become the premiere national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems. Learn more...


Adolescent Reproductive Health in Primary Care
Primary Care Providers (MD/DO, APP)

Six weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 AM MST
April 9 - May 14 - (Registration closes April 2)
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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.
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RN/Registered Nurse Oncology Patient Navigator

The RN Navigator serves as the primary point of contact and is responsible for coordinating the care and services of the identified patient populations for an extended period of time across the continuum of care. The incumbent promotes effective resource utilization and assumes a leadership role with the multidisciplinary team to identify and eliminate barriers to care in order to achieve an optimal clinical outcome for the patient and their caregivers. Apply here

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Comfort Keepers is hiring a Director of Nursing/Alternate Administrator

The Director of Nurses/Alternate Administrator ensures Comfort Keepers high standards of professional nursing through overseeing medical and non-medical directed services, providing education on health maintenance and disease prevention, and providing case management. The Director of Nurses/Alternate Administrator will travel to client homes within the service area to ensure proper care is being provided, and that procedures and policies are being followed. This position will oversee daily operations and a team of Care Coordinators.
The ideal candidate is a graduate of an accredited school of Nursing, holds a current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse in this state, and has three to five years of nursing experience with at least one year of home health experience and two years in a management or supervisory position. He or she must have a current CPR certification and a copy of an updated TB test results/chest x-ray. In addition, he or she has a genuine desire to work with the elderly or disabled, reliable transportation, a valid driver's license, a clean driving record, and current automobile insurance and fluent English speaking and writing skills. Visit Comfort Keepers for a job description.
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Community Health Programs Supervisor (Telluride, CO)

Salary: $40,000-$50,000

Tri-County Health Network is seeking a Community Health Programs Supervisor to support our programs that advance food security in our region and empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing!
We are expanding our health food prescription program (FoodRX) in area clinics, partnering with area clinics to build a regional standard of health, replicating evidence-based practices and expanding telehealth services for our Community Health Workers to use with clients, and determining new initiatives that will continue to improve the health and wellbeing of our region’s residents. We need an action-oriented, results driven professional to lead our highly motivated team! To view a full job description and information on how to apply, visit www.tchnetwork.org/jobstri

School Nurse at Mountain Middle School

Regionally competitive annual salary with full healthcare benefits. The position is 180 days a year
following our school calendar with Summer off as well as all School breaks. The Nurse shall meet the following requirements:

BS Degree in Nursing (BSN)

Current license and certification required by the State of Colorado to practice as a Registered Nurse
and​ ​Colorado Department of Education School Nurse; Certification upon employment or within 12
months of employment if new graduate or

A registered nurse who completed RN training in an associate degree program and must be enrolled
in an approved BSN program and provide evidence of continuing enrollment in the program which will meet the requirements for a school nurse and must complete the program within three years. While in the BSN program you must obtain a TEE authorization through the Colorado Department of Education under the supervision of a Colorado professionally licensed person in the same discipline

Current Basic Life Support certification and knowledge of AED use

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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,
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