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May 19, 2020


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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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.

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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.


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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Post-Acute Care Collaborative Office Hours (Colorado)

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am MDT

Post-Acute Care Collaborative: Your Role Today in Safer Care Transitions

Post-acute care transitions play a critical role in the next steps for COVID-19 care and infection prevention. Whether discharged from a hospital, social distancing at home (sheltering-in-place), or returning to a nursing home facility there are still so many unanswered questions about how to care for and support patients and families during this challenging time.

Our Post-Acute Care Collaborative Office Hours will feature COVID-19 and Infection Prevention speakers from across the care continuum including subject matter experts, local stakeholders, and partners from your state. This interactive session will conclude with an opportunity to answer questions.

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Webinar: Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for
Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19

June 2nd, 2:00 PM in Central Time (US)

• Explore mental health integration tools and resources for rural primary care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Discuss the operational components of implementing suicide screening and referral to services for rural primary care providers, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Identify local, state and national resources for rural primary care providers supporting patients with suicidal ideation.
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Colorado-based primary care team staff including clinicians and other decision-makers in the realm of clinical strategy and health technology

Seven weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MST
June 1 - July 13


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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...


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


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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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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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,
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