Pathways to Health

October 27, 2020

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Did You Know?

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition.

Visit NAMI and send a Sentimoji™ to show care and support for friends and loved ones.

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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.

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Telehealth Etiquette: Learn how to develop good “screen-side” manner for your telehealth visits with patients in this video series.


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Social and economic barriers to health impact the health of many community members in Southwestern Colorado. These barriers include access to healthy food, safe and affordable housing and utilities, and transportation. Social isolation and threats to personal safety also negatively impact health. Clinics in our region are screening their patients about these barriers and using this information to provide more comprehensive care. According to the CDC, Community- Clinical linkages create a network of resource provision that can prevent chronic disease and increase overall mental and physical wellness. SWCAHEC strives to create the linkages that will help address social and economic barriers to health. If you are a clinic with an innovative approach to addressing these issues and/or a community organization that offers services and resources for our region, please contact us at Pathways@swcahec.org to be featured in Pathways, in monthly Lunch and Learns and on our website.

We look forward to increasing wellness in Southwestern Colorado by strengthening the connections between our healthcare providers and those
organizations supporting our community members.

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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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Colorado’s dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level. It is a tool for counties to use to make life during the pandemic more sustainable, allowing us to balance, to the greatest extent possible, controlling the virus with our social and economic needs.

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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.
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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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COVID-19 Fatigue Got You Down?
Thursday, November 19

1pm MT | 2pm CT | 3pm ET

We are all tired of COVID, but the hits just keep on coming, and are disproportionately affecting the long-term care space. As we prepare for the challenges of fall and winter, please join us for this interactive Office Hours session that will feature special guest speaker Dr. Lea Watson. Dr. Watson will discuss the importance of recognizing COVID “fatigue” and how to manage the chronic stress it has caused. It is easy to become desensitized to the magnitude of loss, which is dangerous and unhealthy. The antidote is mindful awareness, resilience training and gratitude for the good that is always present. She will also highlight the importance of meeting this moment as one of opportunity to advocate for reform in our industry. In doing so, we can find purpose in a time of chaos and uncertainty. Like no other time, we are all in this together. Dr. Christine LaRocca, Telligen Medical Director, will join the conversation.


Describe three examples of why nursing homes have disproportionate
stress during COVID

Discern the difference between acute and chronic stress

List three traits of resilience that can be practiced and cultivated



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Health Career Announcement
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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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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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