Pathways to Health

August 18th, 2020


"When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change" ~ Wayne Dyer

ASTHO and the Big Cities Health Coalition a joint campaign urging Americans to show their concern for the health of others by wearing mask. What does your mask say about you? It says you care about others. So, mask up. And save lives.” #MaskUp - Astho

Did You Know?

Limited space available for the FREE QMAP Training held on August 21st. Sign up at swcahec.org/qmap-training

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AidtoAll is a 501(c)(3) public charity. They provide Disaster Relief – funding financial hardships caused by Covid-19. If you, or those in your household, have lost a job, or your income has been reduced beyond your ability to pay your monthly bills, you're eligible to apply.

How it Works?

For anyone living in La Plata County, Colorado, they are accepting applications until 10PM on August 16th. Grants are approved on a monthly basis and they will be distributing individual grants that range between $250 and $1500 to cover monthly expenses.To get aid or to help with any kind of donation, visit AidToAll.org

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Energize Colorado is a nonprofit that brings a diverse professional community together to provide relief to local small businesses, supporting them in recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19.

They mobilize generous Coloradans to provide resources and relief to small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, supporting them in recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19.

Energize Colorado has announced a grant and loan fund. Grants will be up to $15,000, and loans will be up to $20,000. The funds are for small businesses with fewer than 25 FTEs. Learn more here https://energizecolorado.com/gap-fund/


Are you uncertain and worried about your child’s high school education this fall? Looking for STABILITY and a school with EXPERIENCE educating students online for 13 years?

If yes, lean on GOAL High School in Durango for a FREE quality online curriculum. GOAL Academy strongly believes in equal educational opportunities for all students, regardless of any disabilities they may have. The GOAL Academy Community works closely together to remove any barriers that prevent student success for anyone who may have physical or mental disabilities. CARING staff provide personalized support for reaching student goals. When needed, the local center is set up for social-distancing with strict attention to covid-19 protocols.
Find us on Facebook/GOAL Academy High School. Call: 1 877-776-4625. #changeyourworld.
ENROLL at goalac.org.
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Back-to-School Safety During the Coronavirus


As summer winds down and school is on the horizon, two issues weigh heavily on parents’ minds: What will education look like this fall, and what’s best for my child and family during the coronavirus pandemic?

Children’s Hospital Colorado is helping parents and caregivers make informed decisions based on facts, and they understand that every family’s situation is different. For some families, working from home, virtual learning or homeschooling are viable options. Other families are choosing for kids to return to school for social interaction with peers and in-person learning. And for others, schools play an essential role in children’s access to technology, mental health services, physical exercise and food.

Get more information on their website.

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Assisting Nursing Homes to Remain Prepared During the Ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
September 9, 202011am MT | 12pm CT | 1pm ET
Join us for an upcoming webinar focused on Assisting Nursing Homes to Remain Prepared During the Ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. You will learn about approaches that nursing homes can take to better prepare for COVID-19 surges. Speakers will also review the CMS hot spot strategy, which directs additional resources to nursing homes in COVID-19 hot spot areas, and define what hot spots are. Be on the lookout for additional details in the coming weeks. Registration is required.
Register here

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Chronic Kidney Disease Learning Series

Telligen is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to offer online continuing medical education (CME) to primary care teams that are interested in assessing and improving chronic kidney disease (CKD) care for their patient populations. This three-module learning experience provides a framework for implementing CKD population health strategies and highlights the integration of the NKF Chronic Kidney Disease Change Package into primary care workflows.

To register and learn more about this opportunity and other educational CKD-specific offerings for practices and patients, visit the promotional packet here.


Grant Writing Assistance

Senate Bill 19-228 provided funds to the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to assist with grants for prevention, harm reduction intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders. These funds are intended to aid local government and non-profit organizations with grant writing services when applying for funding to address opioid and other substance use disorders in their communities.

How to Apply

If you have a grant application that you would like assistance with, please submit the brief Grant Writing Assistance Form between July 13, 2020 and December 11, 2020. Grant assistance must be requested at least 3 weeks prior to the submission deadline of the grant, except for small pandemic relief fund applications. Funds are available on an ongoing basis through December 30, 2020 or until all dollars are allocated to grant writing services.

Please visit https://www.corxconsortium.org/grant-assistance/ for more information. If you have questions about the program, please email pm@corxconsortium.org

Applications are currently only open July 13, 2020 to December 11, 2020!

August 26th - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Benzos: Boon or Blunder

September 2, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (Mountain)
Urine Toxicology Interpretation

September 9, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (Mountain)
Women and Substance Use Disorder

September 23, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (Mountain)
Motivational Interviewing
September 30, 2020 - 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (Mountain)
Introduction to Counseling and Recovery

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Aug 20, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
NCTRC Webinar - Novice to Expert: A Guide to Comprehensive Patient Assessment Using Telehealth in the Home
Telehealth use has increased 8,776%. Video conferencing and associated technology have been quickly implemented so healthcare providers could “see” patients in the safety of their home. Technology mediated home visits have an advantage of eliminating vulnerable patients’ exposure to health complications, but compromises the use of touch and vision to gain knowledge. Commonly when senses are compromised, tools are needed to enhance existing senses. A tool, such as a guide, can enhance tele-homecare providers’ abilities to assess and communicate with patients and their families. Without a guide, the potential brevity of videoconferencing visits puts providers at risk for missing cues to potential problems. The purpose of this presentation is to examine Comprehensive Patient Assessment using Telehealth in the Home (CPATH) as a validated guide to prompt telehealth providers to ask to observe items in the home within key domains of concerns.
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Adolescent Reproductive Health For Primary Care Providers

This series offers clinically relevant topics for primary care providers who provide or are looking to build, expand, and improve care to preteens through young adults. Once completed, participants will be able to evaluate and manage common conditions in adolescent reproductive health. Over the course of six sessions, the series will include an overview of adolescent reproductive health issues, best practices in adolescent contraception and common adolescent gynecology concerns.
AUDIENCE: Colorado-based primary care providers (MD, DO, APP)

Six weekly sessions held virtually
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 AM MT
October 15 - November 19
CME: This ECHO Colorado series will be reviewed and acceptable for up to six credits by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.





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Seeking a Regional Health Connector

The Regional Health Connector (RHC) for HSR-9 supports practice transformation of practices; serves as a crucial point of connection between primary care practices, other health care providers, public health, and community resources; engages primary care in local community health planning and improvement efforts; and aligns public health and community resources in efforts to transform and improve primary care. The RHC is critical for achieving successful interventions for social determinants of health through partnerships between primary care and community organizations and will support the development of cross-sector partnerships.

The Regional Health Connector will preferably live in La Plata County and be willing and able to travel independently throughout the assigned region up to 50 percent of the time, including during inclement weather. This position may require some evening and weekend events. *Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings are limited at this time.

This is a part-time (approximately 18-20 hours per week), non-exempt position with the potential of increasing to a full-time role and is supervised by the Executive Director. Professional development budget is included. Neither medical nor retirement benefits are provided. This position will be eligible for medical benefits should it increase to full-time. Compensation will be $25.00-$30.00 per hour.

Click here for the job description.
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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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