Pathways to Health

March 17, 2020

SWCAHEC is committed to the safety and well-being of our community members. With this in mind, we are taking the following measures to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. SWCAHEC is putting the following guidelines in place:
  • As of Monday, March 16, the SWCAHEC office at 701 Camino de Rio, Suite 320 will be closed until April 13th. The situation will be assessed at that time for future closure.
  • SWCAHEC staff will be working remotely and available via email. We will continue all programming virtually until further notice.
  • All meetings and/or trainings will take place by phone or Zoom video conferencing, rather than in person.
  • The following in-person events have been postponed except ones offered via ZOOM:
    • Naloxone Training, Fort Lewis College, March 24th (will be offered via ZOOM)
    • AHEC Scholars Collaborative Meeting, SWCAHEC Office, March 30 (will be offered via ZOOM)
    • QMAP Training, SWCAHEC Office, April 9th and 10 - New Dates TBD
    • QPR Training, Fort Lewis College, April 7th - New Date TBD
    • Nursing Education and Celebration Event, May 7th - New Date TBD
  • Information about in-person events after May 15th will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your consideration of these guidelines. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Hartzell, Executive Director, at kate.hartzell@swcahec.org.
The following are some links with updated information related to both local disease information as well as the larger disease outbreak.
San Juan Basin Public Health Information: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/
National Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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Naloxone training scheduled for March 24th Online Via ZOOM

Time: Mar 24, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

A free training in the administration of Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses. Learn how to save a life, reversing the effects of heroin or prescription opioid overdoses with a short training on the basics of Narcan administration. No prior medical knowledge or skills are required. The training is comprised of a short lecture on the brain science behind opioid overdoses, safety protocol, and an overview of Colorado Good Samaritan Law.

Cancelled Until Further Notice!

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training
We feel that the in-person component of the training is very important, and cannot be replicated online.
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Remote Learning

Spring break will be extended by one week and will begin Monday, March 16. This extra week will allow us to transition most courses to remote learning so we can minimize the number of people on campus and practice social distancing with courses that will still need to be held in person. We will begin this new format on Monday, March 30. CCCOnline classes will continue as scheduled. PCC Online students should contact their instructor to see how the class will proceed.

Visit www.pueblocc.edu/COVID-19 for the latest news

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City Closing Facilities and Canceling/Modifying Upcoming Meetings
Durango, CO: As a proactive mitigation effort, the City of Durango is coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health and La Plata County to take measures to ensure our staff and community members are not exposed to or contributing to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID- 19).
City of Durango facility closures effective Monday, March 16:

Durango Community Recreation Center
Chapman Hill
Durango Gymnastics
Durango Public Library
Visit City of Durango website for detail.

Other helpful resources include the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the CDC and the COHelp line at 877-462-2911.

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The Durango/La Plata 911 Emergency Communication Center now has a Text-to-911 option for emergencies designed to assist those who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired or who may be unsafe if they were to be heard making a voice call. Learn more...

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Providers who choose to join the Child Abuse Response and Evaluation (CARE) Network will attend the new provider training, a two day in-person conference. Topics will include best practices for medical assessment and behavioral health screenings, as well as skills to improve collaboration with other family-serving professionals. This initial training will be followed by ongoing tele-education and mentorship, including case review and consultation. Designated providers receive enhanced reimbursement for evaluations. The CARE Network is funded through the Department of Public Health and Environment. The Kempe Center serves as the resource center for training and support for designated CARE Network providers.

Applications are being accepted to join the CARE Network. The first new provider training will be held in Vail, CO on May 3 & 4, 2020. Training and accommodations are free for those who join the CARE Network. Visit our website kempeCAREnetwork.org to find out more information about this exciting new initiative and how to join as a designated provider!

Visit https://www.kempecarenetwork.org/2020-new-provider-training for latest up to date information. Have questions? Email CAREnetwork@ucdenver.edu


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