Pathways to Health

April 14, 2020


Did You Know?

If you are looking to volunteer, SWCAHEC has set up a new page on their website called Medical Reserve Corps. MRC volunteers assist with activities to improve public health in their community. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. Visit the MRC page.

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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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Four Corners OBGYN is OPEN!

We are seeing OB patients & limited GYN patients.

We also offer telehealth.

Please call us at 970-382-8800

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The Durango Business Improvement District, Local First and the Durango Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create an online store for businesses in Durango sell products, services and gift cards online. The online store is an online auction site, which BID has purchased an account to create one place for the public to support your business.

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...

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.
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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5 Health Personalities: The Smart Way to Improve Member Engagement
Thu, Apr 16, 2020 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM MDT

The biggest problem in health and wellness – whether you’re an employer or a wellness vendor – is how to engage more members. SelfHelpWorks recently began leveraging over 20 years of research to enhance engagement through custom communications based on health personality type.

By attending this webinar, you will:
1. Learn about the 5 distinct health personalities
2. See how each personality is motivated
3. Find out what messaging they respond to
4. See the results of case studies


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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

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State of Colorado COVID-19 Response

We are looking for volunteers and donations to help at-risk individuals across our state get through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more..

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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 (such as transitioning to telehealth); answer questions and discuss de-identified patient cases and more.Participants may join and attend sessions at any time.
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HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-ImplementationThe Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has extended the application deadline for its three-year program to implement a set of core prevention, treatment, and recovery activities in rural communities. Applicants can view an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions on eligibility and application requirements (under the tab “Related Documents”), view an archived recording of the technical assistance webinar, and send questions to ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov.
Due Date Extended to May 26.

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.
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 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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