Pathways to Health

July 14, 2020

Did You Know?
The Colorado Gov't of Public Health and Environment has recommended guidelines to protect patients
in a healthcare setting

  • Continue to conduct telehealth appointments whenever possible

  • Provide service by appointment only (no walk-ins or waiting)

  • Require patients to wear face coverings or masks, unless must be removed for service or would inhibit the patient’s health

  • Conduct symptoms check for customers of high contact services before they enter for their appointment and do not serve symptomatic clients

  • Provide contactless payment options whenever possible

  • Provide virtual waiting rooms - patients wait in their vehicle until their appointment begins



What Are YOUR organization's healthcare guidelines
for protecting patients?

Most patients want to understand what their health environment will look like before they make a doctor/dentist appointment and enter into a healthcare facility. SWCAHEC's Pathways weekly newsletter is a great way to educate people about "safer office" practices. Feel free to send an announcement and we will run it for FREE for 4 weeks.
Please email: pathways@swcahec.org

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Self-Certify Your Business for Safe Re-opening

According to San Juan Basin Public Health, more than 1,000 local businesses have self-certified, verifying safety guidelines as part of a safe re-opening. Self-certification is recommended to inform customers
that health safety is a priority.

Complete the certification:

Self-certification for businesses, events, and workplaces Here

Self-certification for restaurants Here

Find a list of all the businesses who are currently certified:

Self-certified businesses - Here

Self-certified restaurants - Here


SWCODA Launches Online PPE Store

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA) and the La Plata County Economic Recovery Task Force has a new online e-commerce platform for local businesses and individuals to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep the communities of Southwest Colorado safe. Order online while supplies last and pick up at the Durango Chamber of Commerce, Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. SWCODA.org.

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San Juan Basin Public Health will no longer provide the Healthy Communities programs, Health First Colorado (Medicaid), and Colorado Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+).

Questions concerning Health First Colorado can be addressed by Rocky Mountain Health Plans at 1-888-282-8801 or by your county's Department of Human or Social Services, whose number can be found at:


Questions concerning CHP+ can be addressed by calling CHP+ Customer Service at 1-800-359-1991 or by visiting:


If you have questions about these changes, please contact Amber Beye, Care Coordination Services Program Manager, at 970-335-2073 or abeye@sjbpublichealth.org or Kalisha Crossland, Prevention and Population Health Director, at 970-335-2002 or kcrossland@sjbpublichealth.org.

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Past the Pandemic:
Mental Well-being for You and Your Patients

This ECHO series offers health care providers and staff working in health care settings strategies to navigate, normalize and hold space for worries and experiences during this pandemic. Each session provides helpful, basic tools in a psychoeducational, didactic format. By understanding stress along a continuum, participants will learn how to manage stress and loss, increase capacity to prevent burnout, elevate connectedness and mindfulness, and promote quality patient care.

AUDIENCE: Providers and staff working in health care settings

Eight weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
July 21 - September 8


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As Colorado’s older adult population grows, so too does the need for caregivers. By 2030, Colorado will be home to 1.2 million people over age 65, many of whom will require assistance with activities such as preparing meals, dressing, bathing, and taking medication.
The question is: Who will care for them?
Read the Full Report

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Safe Opioid Prescribing 201 - Don Teater, MD, MPH

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Opioids: Weaning, Tapering, and Discontinuation - Joshua Blum, MD

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The North Colorado Health Alliance and other organizations are hosting a film series leading up to Overdose Awareness Day.

Website: https://www.nocooverdoseawareness.com/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TreatAddictionSaveLivesFilmSeries/

Tickets: https://www.nocooverdoseawareness.com/event-dates.html




This comprehensive weekly ECHO series will cover endocrine and diabetes issues commonly encountered in the adult primary care setting. The series will be arranged into five topic blocks: diabetes, lipid disorders and obesity management, thyroid disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, and bone and calcium disorders.

AUDIENCE: Prescribing providers and nurses (MD, PA, NP, DO) in Colorado

Ongoing weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
Beginning August 3

CME for this series is pending approval by the
Colorado Academy of Family Physicians



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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
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Southwest Women’s Health Associates (SWHA)

Seeks a LPN, Certified MA or CNA

The position includes phone communication and triage, scheduling and coordinating patient care visits, back office duties, assisting with procedures and working with an exceptional, cohesive team. Competitive benefits package. 32-40 hours a week. Please send letter of interest with 3 professional references, resume and copy of current license or certificate to SWHA 1305 Escalante Drive Suite 201, Durango CO 81303
or fax to 970-259-8837.


Faculty - Nursing - SW Mancos Campus
Salary $43,700.00 - $53,700.00 Annually
Location Mancos, CO

Department/Division Purpose (brief description of main function):
Nursing faculty provide students with classroom and clinical instruction to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills identified in course objectives using varied and appropriate teaching methods. They plan learning activities to meet program outcomes based on the standards set by policies, legal and other regulatory requirements, and acceptable practice.

Learn more and apply here...

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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Substance Use Prevention Coordinator. The position is responsible for performing community-wide outreach and program promotion in support of contracts. Successful applicants will have experience in organizing community members involvement in local public health initiatives; collaborating with partners and stakeholders to provide timely education and communication regarding program initiatives; providing trainings and technical assistance to community stakeholders to build their capacity to engage in initiatives; supporting required monthly reporting and program evaluation for funders and internal needs; utilizing data collection tools and methodologies for program analysis; evaluation and monitoring program data and risk indicators to assess conditions; and assisting in writing grant proposals, concept papers and other materials to obtain funding. This position requires an Associates degree and two years of healthcare, public health or related experience. A bachelor's degree in a related field and experience with youth substance use prevention and/or tobacco use prevention is preferred. This position is scheduled to close 7/17/2020, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $17.80 to $25.21. New hires are typically made at or near the minimum of the hiring range; the full wage range is included on the job description. To view the complete job description and/or apply go to www.sjbpublichealth.org.

Public Health of Boulder County is Hiring a Harm Reduction Manager

Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) holds a non-punitive stance on drug use, recognizing that the value of an individual is not diminished by their substance use. A harm reduction approach is both a set of strategies to minimize the negative impacts of drug use and a movement for social justice built on a belief in and respect for the rights of people who use drugs. Under minimal supervision from the Communicable Disease and Emergency Management (CDEM) Division Manager, this position serves in a leadership role to reduce morbidity, mortality, and other harms associated with substance use in Boulder County.

The position oversees three program areas, including syringe access services, early intervention services, and community engagement initiatives to address opioid and other substance use across systems. Together with the CDEM Leadership Team, the position works to maintain a high-functioning division, identify innovative strategies, and implement new solutions to help improve public health outcomes. The position is responsible for the direct supervision of as-signed staff and serves as a member of the division and agency leadership teams.
Work hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm, flexibility required for some nights and weekends. This position will work remotely the majority of the time. Under FSLA guidelines this position is exempt.
Hiring Salary Range: $59,604.00 - $72,720.00 Annually
Classification Salary Range: $59,604.00 - $85,836.00 Annually

Apply here


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Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

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