Pathways to Health

April 7, 2020


Did You Know?

It is National Public Health Week

It's the 25th anniversary of National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2020

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the issues that are important to improving our nation's health. During each day of National Public Health Week, APHA asks the nation to focus on a particular public health topic and to identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic.

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Thank You to Our Public Health Workforce

SWCAHEC would like to express our appreciation to our local health departments and their front line work coordinating efforts to fight COVID-19 in Southwestern Colorado.

Thank you to San Juan Basin Public Health, Montezuma County Public Health Department, Dolores County, San Miguel County, Ouray County Public Health Agency, Hinsdale County Public Health Agency, San Juan County Public Health Agency, Southern Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Health, and Towaoc Public Health.

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Thank You Notes to Local Heroes

There are thousands of Coloradans, from healthcare workers to grocery store employees, who are on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus and risking their health to keep Coloradans safe and healthy. Click here to send a digital note to front line health care staff, first responders, and other essential workers in the community.

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Covid 19 Health Trainings and Education

Setting Up Practices During COVID-19

SWCAHEC is committed to supporting our local health professionals with the latest practice information and related education and training during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We will be updating our Education and Training Resource page frequently with online resources for healthcare professionals.

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On Wednesday, April 8th from 3:00-5:00, SWCAHEC will plan to hold a virtual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Healthcare Sector Partnership Alliance at the time listed above in order to provide a venue to discuss any pressing needs-especially related to needed workforce trainings and education. SWCAHEC is currently creating trainings to meet immediate workforce gaps and would like your feedback in creating a workforce that is prepared during and after this COVID-19 outbreak. We know that you all are busy on the front lines of this emergency, so this is just an opportunity to convene. We are here to help.

Kathryn Hartzell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Southwest Colorado Healthcare Sector Parntership Alliance Meeting
Time: Apr 8, 2020 03:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting - https://zoom.us/j/366452051
Meeting ID: 366 452 051
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San Miguel County’s innovation in the availability of county-wide testing has drawn the interest of the nation.

United Biomedical, Inc.
(UBI) has partnered with San Miguel County to test all residents with their COVID-19 antibody test for SARS-CoV-2 virus. The free testing is being administered by the Public Health Department
with the goal of showing that mass testing and strategic isolation can work effectively together to stop the spread of infection, as demonstrated by a similar test conducted in Vo, Italy, with the rate of infection lowered by 90%. Mei Hu and Lou Reese, co-founders of UBI’s c19, are residents of San Miguel County.

The San Miguel Public Health Department reported that
as of Monday, 4,285 of the county’s 7,900 residents were tested for COVID-19, the county has reported 7 positive tests.
Read more here...
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Southwest Colorado Community Business Support!

Businesses can explore financial support through a number of entities to assist as we make it through this challenging time

  • First Southwest Community Fund - Emergency Micro-Grant Program aims to provide immediate relief for small businesses and nonprofits in Southwest/Southern Colorado.
  • SBA Disaster Loans - up to $2 million, low interest, generous repayment terms
  • Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9) Disaster Assistance Loan Fund. Applications and information now available on Region 9’s website.
  • Federal Stimulus Package, Payroll Protection Program (PPP is the part that is set aside for small businesses, $350 billion). Click Here for a FAQ.
  • The Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance Task Force is working on a plan to make all of this easier to navigate. SWCODA.org
  • Women’s Resource Center helping:The WRC is assisting families via the phone with resource and referral, food assistance information, housing resources, low cost consultations, financial assistance and more. WRCDurango.org.
Community Foundation serving SW Colorado and the United Way of SW Colorado partner to support the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). As with other disaster response initiatives, the objective is to provide leadership and collaborative funding to support those who face the greatest need. Learn more...
Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, and many other practices are looking for the following:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Eye Protection
Please call 970-375-0100 for drop off details and information. Visit www.ppswdurango.com.
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.
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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Medical Professionals for Covid-19 Telehealth Response in Colorado

The Colorado Covid-19 Innovation Response Team has recently been set up by Gov. Polis. In the coming days, this team will be introducing a telehealth/telemedicine service providing support to ~800,000 uninsured and under-served Coloradans. Their goal is to provide health services while reducing strain on our healthcare facilities, leaving hospital beds open to the most severely ill.
They urgently need medical professionals and administrators to donate their time to provide these free telehealth visits. This work will be performed entirely from home, primarily via telephone and/or video calls. Callers will provide their symptoms over the phone, and those who need medical attention will be triaged to a queue for telephone-based care.
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What is the difference between telehealth and nurselines?

  • Telehealth is connecting with a doctor through a live-video call. Using telehealth, a doctor can assess you, give you a treatment plan that fits your needs, recommend you for COVID-19 testing if applicable, or prescribe a medication. At this time, there is no vaccine available for COVID-19.
  • Calling a nurseline can give you more information about what to do next. A nurse can help you decide when to contact your doctor or visit a health care facility, understand your medications, or give you more information about preventative care. Learn more...


Ongoing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00AM to 8:00AM MT. There is no formal commitment; participants may attend any session(s).

COVID-19 Just-in-Time ECHO for Primary Care is a state-wide partnership bringing you up-to-the-minute information and answering your questions about COVID-19.

In this ongoing series offered three times a week, an interdisciplinary panel of public health, clinical, and pharmacotherapy experts will:

- Provide updates on testing locations, availability, and guidelines
- Debunk myths around medication management in the community
- Address challenges in primary care practice management (like transitioning to telehealth)
- Answer questions and discuss de-identified patient case

Register here

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Introduction to Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET)
CDC’s Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) webinars help emergency responders and health communication professionals learn more about CERC principles so that they can communicate more effectively during emergencies. Register here

We serve as a trainers and educators for Trauma Informed Care & Trauma Informed Schools about the impact of trauma on brains, bodies, and behaviors. We’re trained to help organizations infuse trauma sensitive practices while building the resilience of their members. Our mission is to build trauma sensitive communities across the state of Colorado. Learn more

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

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.

Resource link 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.
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For Colorado Nursing Community News. Click here

New Jobs
Health Career Announcement
Position: Full Time
Location: Telluride
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!

The Community Health Programs Supervisor will oversee multiple Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) Community Health Programs across our rural region. The Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations; developing the field team; establishing relationships with stakeholders; promoting programs; improving staff productivity; increasing client participation; and ensuring program sustainability.

It’s an exciting time for Community Health Programs. 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 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 motivated team! Salary starts at $40,000-$50,000 per year.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to info@tchnetwork.org with Community Health Program Supervisor” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
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

Employment Opportunities


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New Public Health Job link for Colorado Jobs

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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