Pathways to Health

March 24, 2020


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Tuesday, 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.

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• Naloxone Training, Fort Lewis College, March 24th
(offered via ZOOM). Contact mary.frey@swcahec.org

• AHEC Scholars Collaborative Meeting, SWCAHEC Office, March 30
(offered via ZOOM). Contact heather.sorensen@swcahec.org


• QPR Training, Fort Lewis College, April 7th - New Date TBD

• QMAP Training, SWCAHEC Office, April 9th and 10 - New Dates TBD
• Nursing Education and Celebration Event, May 7th - New Date TBD

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Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, and many other practices are looking for the following:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Gowns

  • Masks

  • Eye Protection

    Please call 970-375-0100 for drop off details and information. Visit www.ppswdurango.com.

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The Durango Network is a locally owned and operated network for independent health care providers.

View a list of private practices.

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COVID-19 Mutual Aid is a local effort to organize food and supply distribution to help the community share resources during the pandemic.

The Sharehouse, 30-D N. Beech, is accepting food, supplies, and financial donations, and is the base of operations for packing food/supply boxes and coordinating volunteers for doorstep deliveries. Get more information.

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San Juan Basin Public Health responds to conditions that impact the quality of life in southwest Colorado. They are committed to informing the community on issues related to public health. Get the latest news on their website.

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A Telluride couple is paying for their entire county’s coronavirus tests. They hope the results will stop the disease everywhere.
Read the full article.

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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.

Text-to-911 now available

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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Federal Loan Assistance for Small Businesses

Governor Jared Polis announced today that Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises impacted by COVID-19 can seek federal loans to pay key needs such as fixed debts, payroll, and accounts payable.
Apply for SBA Loans
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Federal and state agencies, along with national organizations are sharing resources and guidelines to help all communities and healthcare facilities, including rural areas, respond to the virus..MORE...

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What we can learn from the past to deal with coronavirus: A Colorado nurse’s diary recounts battling the Spanish Flu

From typhoid to smallpox to the Spanish Flu, we’ve had no shortage of epidemics in the US in the last 100 years and no shortage of nurses to help care for the ill. Now, it’s the coronavirus. Precautions were simple 100 years ago – isolation, bloodletting, inhaling steam and ice baths. But not very effective. In some ways, we’ve come a lot farther and in others, we are resorting to the same tried and true methods of containment. Digging deep into the CU Nursing archives at the Anschutz Medical Campus uncovered a real-life account of a nurse who helped battle the Spanish Flu of 1918 and survived one of the most devastating pandemics in history. Read the full story
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Aurora, Colo. (March 19, 2020) -- The University of Colorado College of Nursing has received a #8 placement for its Nurse-Midwifery program, and a top 10% ranking for its Master’s in Nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s program was ranked against 578 programs, while the Nurse-Midwifery program was compared 36 programs throughout the country. In addition, the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program ranked #48 out of 319 programs, placing it in the top 15% of DNP programs. The 2021 rankings were released on March 18. Read the full press release.
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As healthcare organizations face increasing pressure to meet consumers’ demands for convenience and affordability, a meaningful telemedicine strategy will be critical to organizations looking to offer convenient alternatives to accessing care. The goal of this series is to educate participants on a range of telehealth options, to give them the knowledge to be able to evaluate those options, and to ultimately engage participants in building a strategy for implementing a telehealth model into their practice.


Seven weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MST
April 6 - May 18
Colorado-based primary care team staff including clinicians and other decision-makers in the realm of clinical strategy and health technology
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
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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 for more information.

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 for more information.



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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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Health Career Announcement

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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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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