Pathways to Health

April 21, 2020


Did You Know?

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22 at 12:00-1:00pm via ZOOM, SWCAHEC has organized a lunch hour information session on implementing telehealth in your healthcare practice. Amanda Harrison, Nurse Manager/Telehealth and Outreach Manager and Alex Schackel, Billing Team Lead from Pediatric Partners of the Southwest will share practical information about office processes, clinical best practices, and billing and coding from their eight years of experience offering telehealth services at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest in Durango.

Join the Zoom Meeting - https://zoom.us/j/93957670639

Meeting ID: 939 5767 0639

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What is Telehealth?

The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and wireless communications.

Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.

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Telehealth Resources During COVID-19

Covid 19 Health Trainings and Education

SWCAHEC is committed to supporting our local health professionals with useful online resources for healthcare professionals. Our resource page will be updated regularly with information.

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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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We're bringing the Durango community together to help support both front-line health workers and local independent restaurants. We are implementing a program created by one of the country's foremost chefs and restaurateurs that lets the community donate meals from local restaurants to healthcare workers on the front-lines and others in need. Healthcare workers get a nourishing meal, and local restaurants get badly needed business to keep running and keep staff employed.
We need your help to support healthcare heroes and our local independent restaurants!
DONATE TODAY! https://foundation.local-first.org/feed-frontlines/
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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


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.

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Executive Order aids student nurses, CNAs;
expands workforce during crisis

Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 038 on April 15, 2020, removing regulatory barriers that will provide nursing and nurse aide students in educational programs throughout Colorado avenues towards spring and summer graduation, while bolstering the ability of nurses and Certified Nurse Aides to enter or remain in the workforce.

Read the full bulletin.


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


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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USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities
Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide can help rural communities, organizations and residents impacted by COVID-19. It is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

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.
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


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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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Job Opportunities



Position: Full Time
Tri-County Health Network is seeking a value-driven, process-oriented Programming Director, who has extensive experience managing people and projects.

Applicant should have substantial knowledge of one or more of the following:
1) Health Insurance
2) Economic security programs (e.g., Medicaid, CHP+, SNAP, LEAP)
3) Non-emergent transportation
4) Behavioral health education/training
and / or
5) Systems analysis

We are looking for someone who has exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organizational skills. The ideal candidate is someone who is interested in removing barriers to care that results in healthy communities where everyone has the opportunity and ability to thrive. Candidates must have the ability and willingness to travel with reliable transportation.

Starting salary range is $65,000 - $80,000 based on experience. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to om@tchnetwork.org with “Programming Director” in the subject line.
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.

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,
Click HERE

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