Pathways to Health

October 20, 2020

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Together, We Can Increase Wellness in Our Region!

SWCAHEC is committed to understanding issues related to health and wellness in Southwestern Colorado. We have partnered with the Accountable Health Communities Model (AHCM), supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to support screening for the social and economic barriers to health that impact our communities. Area clinical partners participating in the AHCM project include; Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, Southwest Health System, Axis Health System, and Every Child Pediatrics.

Screening data from patients allow healthcare providers to understand barriers to health in our region and to develop plans with local community organizations to address such things as food security, transportation, housing, utilities, and social isolation. Weekly data reports offer timely feedback to practices and their community partners allowing the development of targeted support services and collaborations. These reports, known as DOMO reports, are always available online and can support grant applications or other programs and initiatives that need to understand current areas of need.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to highlight the most recent data on social and economic barriers to health in Southwestern Colorado. We will also highlight some of the community organizations partnering with our healthcare professionals to address these barriers and provide support and resources to community members.

Note* This Accountable Health Communities Model is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $4.51 million with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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SWCAHEC offers an AHEC Scholars Program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This statewide program focuses on
interdisciplinary practice and education (IPE) while bringing a cohort of students together to learn from each other.

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Students explore topics beyond the classroom, gain a competitive edge, and learn about emerging issues in healthcare.

Get Into the Halloween Spirit

• We invite you to design Halloween-inspired mask (Covid style).

• Submit it to pathways@swcahec.org or via Facebook messenger to Facebook.com/swcahec.

• Submissions will be judged on funniest, scariest and most creative.

• Winner in each category receives a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Gift Certificate.

• The mask design deadline has been extended until Oct. 27th.

Be Creative, Have Fun, and Let's Stop the Spread!

“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $190,910 with 50 percent funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.”
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The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) is leading Telemedicine Hack 2.0 and already have 4 exciting telehealth mini-series planned.

10/21: Telehealth Technology Trends - Click here to register

10/26: Building Accessible Telehealth for Patients with Disabilities
from the Ground Up
- Click here to register

11/10: Licensure and Patient-Provider Relationships - Click here to register
11/18: Privacy and Liability - Click here to register

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October 20
9-11 am, Manna Soup Kitchen

October 21, 1-4 pm, Durango Public Library overflow parking lot

October 26, 1-4 pm, SJBPH – Pagosa Springs location

October 28, 1-4 pm, Durango Public Library overflow parking lot

*More flu clinics to be added in November.
*Cost of flu shots is covered by insurance or free to un-or under-insured.

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

This ECHO series offers health care providers and other staff working in health care settings strategies to navigate, normalize and hold space for worries and experiences during this pandemic. Each session provides helpful, tangible 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

Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
October 20 - December 15 (No session the week of Thanksgiving)

Eight weekly ECHO sessions held virtually - The first two sessions are required

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Telligen QI Connect™ partnering to improve health outcomes
through relationships and data. Join us today!

Next learning opportunity will be held on

Thursday, October 22nd

11:30am MT |12:30pm CT

Featuring experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health to provide a comprehensive Motivational Interviewing training, please follow the following link to REGISTER for this free event.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast cancer awareness is important and so is breast health awareness. Get the FAQ's.

Download the free eBook, Breast Problems That Aren’t Breast Cancer, to learn about common breast problems you may not know about.

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Rural Practices Telehealth Stipend - Applications Due October 22, 2020

The “Supporting Providers and Families to Access Telehealth and Distant Care Services for Pediatric Care” project is a grant between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support telehealth access and infrastructure for the provision of comprehensive care to children and adolescents, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and other vulnerable pediatric populations, utilizing a medical home approach during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of this grant, the AAP is launching a program that will provide small stipends to practices serving pediatric patients and families. The stipend program will offer $5,000 to community-based practices that serve rural areas (with an emphasis on underserved populations in those areas) and are new to telehealth implementation. The program will support practices with the implementation of telehealth and distance care through participation in a 6-month virtual learning community. Applicants can include practices with non-pediatrician physicians, such as pediatric nurse practitioners and family physicians.
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The Lift The Label campaign is actively working to better understand the stigma around opioid addiction specifically in the Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx communities in Colorado so they can refine communications to more equitably and effectively connect with all Coloradans to remove this stigma. To do this, they are conducting research via phone interviews with people from these communities who have personally experienced opioid use disorder (OUD) to learn about their experiences and give a voice to their community on how they can improve the campaign.

Participants that this research is confidential, and participants are not required to be featured in the Lift The Label campaign. Additionally, they will be compensated for participating in this research.

Trainings held every two months

November 9-14

December 14-18

Feb. 8-12th

April 26-30th

June 7th-11th

Aug 23-27th

Data Driven Telehealth: Understanding the Impact & Measuring Satisfaction

Join our interactive learning series led by multiple experts and practitioners to discuss emergency preparedness, operations, and clinical care during COVID-19.
These sessions are designed for primary care practitioners & care teams.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Online Course

Oct. 22, 2020 - Feb. 18, 2021

Participants will take their understanding of social determinants of health as they identify actionable steps to impact the root causes resulting in poor health outcomes in their communities.

More Info & Registration

Community Engagement & Coalition Building Virtual Workshop

Oct. 23, 2020

Learn about the principles of community engagement and how to optimize recruitment, meeting planning & design, decision-making strategies, and how different coalition structures can help support different coalition needs & goals.

More Info & Registration

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behavioral health and wellness summit

November 9 through November 12, 2020

The Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit will bring together clinicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers as well as leaders in the field of behavioral health on November 9 through November 12, 2020. The event is a collaboration between the Mental Health Center of Denver, the University of Denver, and Envision: You, an initiative focused on LGBTQ+ behavioral health concerns. Participants will be able to discover new tools and resources, discuss practical strategies for change, and connect with colleagues and experts alike.
This year they will be offering all the content online in a variety of formats including live-streaming as well as video and audio podcasting. Participants will have the opportunity to virtually interact with presenters from anywhere in the world. Issue briefs and resources will be available to download on demand.


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Four Corners OB/GYN is hiring a Medical Assistant or LPN. Duties include patient intake, assistance with procedures, phone management, test collection and ordering, test result communication, medication administration, and related support for our 11-provider group. Candidates must have excellent organizational and communication skills. Patient relations and teamwork are essential. Medical office experience required. Competitive wages and benefits. Background check required.
Seeking a remote Health Outreach Coordinator. Do you have a desire to help people in Colorado? We are seeking a care coordinator to screen Medicaid members by phone for social needs (food, housing, transportation, utilities, interpersonal violence) using a standardized assessment. Provide information on community resources to members who have identified social needs. Demonstrate multicultural sensitivity and effective communication skills with Medicaid members.
Position is full time, 8-5 Monday - Friday, November - April with opportunity to stay on when funding is renewed. The position will be remote (work from home).
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Behavioral Health Counselor
Pediatric Partners of the Southwest (PPSW) is hiring a third licensed behavioral health specialist to join our well established PPSW (fully) Integrated Behavioral Health Team. Therapist will assist families with identifying needs by implementing appropriate screening tools, providing support and counseling to our patients and families, as well as collaborating with health professionals in care coordination, triage and referral.

This is a full-time, benefitted position. E
arly childhood experience and familiarity with IEP and 504 plans desired. Experience in an integrated pediatric practice or children's hospital a plus!

Tri-County Health Network is seeking an Enrollment Navigator to join our team. Are you passionate about helping your community? Do you want to empower, organize, and advocate on behalf of the multicultural population throughout Montrose County? If so, join TCHNetwork’s team as an Enrollment Navigator! The Enrollment Navigator will engage and provide enrollment assistance to clients seeking access to benefit programs and will build partnerships with community-based organizations to better connect people to resources that support health and wellbeing. TCHNetwork values equity and diversity; people of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Resident of the community for at least the past 2 years.
  • Knowledge and experience working in/with clinical or social service agencies in rural communities.
  • Experience working with disadvantaged/underserved populations.
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume to info(at)tchnetwork.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
JOB TYPE: Part-time (20 hours)
PAY: $18,000 – $20,000 annually
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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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