Pathways to Health

November 19, 2019


Did You Know?

National Rural Health Day is on November 21

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day (NRHD) as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. Read on...

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The nominations are now open for the Nightingale Luminary Awards.

Nominate a dedicated and deserving nurse today for
Colorado's highest nursing honor.

Click here for details. REGISTER HERE!

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Durango Opioid Crisis Regional Forum

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Wed, November 20, 2019 - 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM MST

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301

The second annual Opioid Crisis Response Forum will provide participants with an update of efforts related to Opioid Use Disorder, Medication Assisted Treatment, Opioid Treatment Programs, and the Opioid Crisis nationally and in Colorado.

Register here

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Colorado Grant Writing Assistance for Prevention, Intervention,
Treatment, and Recovery of Substance Use Disorders

To be eligible for Grant Writing Assistance through the Colorado Consortium program, please register your intent for assistance at least three weeks prior to the deadline of the grant for which you plan to apply.

In responding to opioid and other substance use disorders, representatives of frontier and rural communities expressed a need for grant writing assistance. In response to this need, the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee proposed funding from the Colorado General Assembly for a grant writing assistance program. This was approved as part of Senate Bill 2019-228, allocating $250,000 for the program and designating the University of Colorado, Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (the Center) as the administrator of the program.

Per statute, the funds are intended to “aid local communities in need of assistance in applying for grants to access state and federal money to address opioid and other substance use disorders in their communities.” This is inclusive of a continuum of strategies related to prevention, harm reduction, intervention, treatment, and recovery.

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Rural Suicide Prevention in Farm and Ranch Communities
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 3:30-4:45 pm (Eastern Time)
Hosted by HRSA's Office of Regional Operations-Denver

This FREE Webinar is designed for rural providers, organizations, and communities across the nation.It is being presented to commemorate National Rural Health Day, in conjunction with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's multi-day activities.

The purpose of this webinar is to enhance knowledge of stress and suicide in rural areas, with a focus on farm and ranch communities, and to highlight stress/suicide prevention activities. The webinar will feature examples of suicide prevention programs designed to address agricultural stress and suicide from a community-based perspective. Presenters include Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), LivingWorks, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Suicide prevention resources will be provided.

To join the webinar, Click on the Link and Use the Dial-In information below:
Link: https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/rsp-farm-ranch-communities/
Dial-In: 888-989-7695; Participant Passcode:6473800
No registration is required. For questions, contact KPatton@HRSA.gov
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HRSA Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites

Make an impact by practicing in an underserved rural community. Attend the next HRSA Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites and explore loan repayment opportunities as well.

November 20, 2019
6:45 to 10:45 PM ET

Use a computer, smart phone, or tablet with Internet to access the virtual job fair

Visit our website

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Outbreak Response Training

November 22 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CU AMC, Health Sciences Library, HS Reading Room

Presented by Elaine Scallan, PhD (ColoradoSPH) and Ingrid Hewitson, MPH (CDPHE)

This intensive half-day course will train students in interview techniques used in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. Students who complete the course will be added to a “Rapid Responder” list and could be invited to assist in outbreak investigations coordinated by the CDPHE and possibly other local public health agencies. ColoradoSPH AMC students in the beginning or middle of their program are encouraged to attend. An additional training for CSU students will be offered in spring 2020.
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Save the Date - July 6 - 10, 2020

Nurse Educator's Conference 2020
You are invited to submit an abstract for the Nurse Educator's Conference in the Rockies, which will be held July 6 - 10, 2020, in beautiful Copper Mountain, Colorado. Note: preconference sessions will be on Monday and Tuesday, with the full conference beginning on Wednesday the 8th.
This will be the 30th anniversary of the Nurse Educator's Conference. The theme for our 30th year is Pearls of Wisdom for Academic Practice: 30 Years and Beyond. If you have any questions about this form,
please email us:
Submissions Due Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5pm MT

Click Here for Abstract Form


School Nurses working in Colorado and managing the care of one or more students with a neurological condition
(i.e., seizures, non-epileptic events or headaches)

Four weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 PM MST
New dates coming soon!

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FREE Peer Recovery Coach Training

Save the Date January 6-9th

Durango, CO

CCAR Recovery Coach Academy is a 4-day intensive training workshop focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or sustain long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. This prepares participants by helping them to actively listen, ask really good questions and discover and manage their own stuff. This free training is open to anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery.

Who can be a recovery coach? (These are suggestions, anyone can be a recovery coach!)



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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.
RM-PHTC works in partnership with subject matter experts to develop a skilled workforce, prepared to address public health needs in their communities. Our expertise in adult learning theory and instructional design ensures engaging, relevant trainings.
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring
a Community Engagement and Prevention Specialist

This position is responsible for performing community-wide outreach and program promotion in support of Communities That Care and youth substance use prevention 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 through understanding of community organizing, sustainability and equity concepts; supporting required monthly reporting and program evaluation for funders and internal needs; utilizing data collection tools and methodologies for program analysis; evaluation, monitoring program data and risk indicators to assess conditions; and assisting in writing grant proposals, concept papers and other materials to obtain funding. The Qualifications for this position are an Associate's degree and two years of healthcare, public health or related experience. A bachelor's degree and experience with community organizing is preferred. This position is scheduled to close 11/26/2019, 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.

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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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