Pathways to Health

May 12, 2020

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While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Below is a link to practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency.

Download The 2020 Mental Health Month Toolkit

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Telemedicine is gaining popularity in remote Southwest Colorado

Health practitioners in Colorado say social-distancing efforts have added momentum to the growth of telehealth and telemedicine, and created opportunities to fill a growing gap in access to health care in
rural areas like Southwest Colorado.

Read the Article.

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Welcome Ann, SWCAHEC's New Intern


Ann hails from Newberg, Oregon

and is currently a Senior at Fort Lewis College studying Public Health and minoring in Chemistry. Along with studying, she plays NCAA D2 lacrosse and received Honorable Mention All-Conference for defense (2018) as well as Honorable Mention Academic All-Conference (2019/2020). After graduating from FLC she plans on attending an accelerated nursing program to become a registered nurse.

Welcome Ann!

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COVID / testing information: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) reminds community members that the La Plata County Call Center is a resource for general questions about COVID-19 testing, testing locations, Health Care Providers accepting new patients (to assist in providing testing orders), Executive and Public Health orders, reopening guidance for businesses, and other COVID-19-related information. Appointments for testing are not made through the call center, however to schedule a testing appointment with Cedar Diagnostics, visit cedardx.com or call 247.0937. To reach the La Plata County Call Center call 970.385.8700, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The La Plata County Automated information line is available 24-7 at 382.6205.

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San Juan Basin Public Health and Mercy Regional Medical Center Increase Community Testing Capacity for COVID-19 in La Plata County

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and Mercy Regional Medical Center are partnering to provide diagnostic (PCR) COVID-19 testing 6 days a week at Mercy’s Horse Gulch location. Testing will be available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 1 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Testing will start on Thursday, May 7th. Read the release

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Outreach and Telemedicine Clinic List Download

January 2020 through June 2020

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Now more than ever, it is important to raise the visibility of the critical work nurses do by honoring nurse heroes, innovators and leaders.

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Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit

Request for Presentations

Submission deadline: Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:59 pm MST

The Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit is currently seeking proposals for presentations on relevant and/or emerging topics on the behavioral health field including substance use and wellness programming. The Summit will engage the Colorado community to break down silos statewide and to bridge gaps in communication and collaboration. Additionally, the Summit will feature a series of workshops and trainings focused on the LGBTQ+ community. We invite you to submit a proposal to share your expertise at the Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit. More information...

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $165 million to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in rural communities. These investments will support 1,779 small rural hospitals and provide additional funding to 14 HRSA-funded Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) to provide technical assistance on telehealth to help rural and underserved areas combat COVID-19. Read the release.


Here are some ways that you can #SupportHealthcareHeroes
and make a difference.

Tell congress to increase protective equipment for nurses
Give nurses a social-media shoutout
Donate what supplies are available
Send 'em money through Venmo
Help nurse parents with childcare
Cook them a healthy meal
Thank a nurse

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Support group for Colorado RNs and LPNs are on the front line dealing with the Coronavirus public health crisis
Colorado Nurses Association is offering voluntary support groups to aid in shared problem solving.
The group is facilitated by experienced RNs and APRNs and hosted through a
HIPAA compliant telephonic platform.
When: Tuesdays, 7pm – 8pm and groups will run weekly through June 23, 2020.
Cost: No-cost for all Colorado RNs and LPNs.
Peer support groups are not intended to replace treatment, therapy or self-help groups.
Attendance is limited for each scheduled group and registration is on a first come first served basis.
Register here
Are you a CU Nurse? Celebrate the year of the nurse with us! Download our I Am a CU Nurse flyer, take a photo of yourself holding the sign, along with any other CU Nurse alumni, and tag us with your name(s), degree(s), year(s), and where you work. Then post to Facebook (@CUCollegeOfNursing), Twitter (@CUNursing) or Instagram (@CUCollegeOfNursing).

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What should architecture be beyond COVID-19 for Medical facilities, Housing, Public spaces, Transport facilities, and the Workplace?

Architects, urban designers and interior designers (student also welcome) are invited to submit projects that provide possible solutions to how the built environment should be re-designed to prevent the spread of future pandemics.

Registration through May 20, 2020
Submission deadline June 15th 2020
Publication release 1 Aug 2020

Learn more 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

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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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