Pathways to Health

September 28, 2021


Did You Know?

The SWCAHEC Health Careers Institute was held July 31st -August 3rd
at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

The Institute was four days of presentations and hands-on experiences introducing high school students to careers in healthcare and public health. Local health professionals inspired students by sharing their professional experiences and their educational journeys. Fort Lewis College faculty introduced students to educational opportunities that lead to health careers and facilitated lab experiences so that students could experience first-hand health-related research and exploration. We could not have asked for a more engaged and dynamic group of students and we are grateful for the volunteers who so generously shared their time and professional journeys. Our “Health Careers Institute 2021 Report” highlights the activities and learning that took place at the Institute. Please take a minute to read more about the 2021 SWCAHEC Health Careers Institute- the future of healthcare in Southwestern Colorado looks bright!

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High School Students Interested in Health Careers: Additional Programming

The HOPE Institute is a year-long health careers enrichment program for students interested in health careers. Presentations and related Hands-On activities will take place on the third Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30. The HOPE Institute will be held in Durango but additional locations can be found if students are interested in participating. Please see the flyer below for details. Come and learn more about health careers from state specialists! Questions email Kate Hartzell at kate.hartzell@swcahec.org

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SWCAHEC was proud to celebrate area nurses at the SWCAHEC 2021 Star and Nightingale Awards Ceremony. Award nominees and their families, friends and
co-workers gathered to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of
nurses throughout Southwestern Colorado.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and award winners!


A SPECIAL THANKS to Heather Sorensen for her commitment to supporting,
recognizing, and celebrating our regional nurses.
Thank you Heather for a beautiful event!

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The next training is on October 1st.

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The training program, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is intended to be similar to a standard CPR course, which teaches non-medical professionals to assist
with cardiac emergencies.

QPR is a brief (1.5 hours) gatekeeper training that teaches individuals how to support people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts while also seeking professional services.

It is an evidence-based training that teaches participants how to recognize possible signs of suicidal ideation (serious thoughts about taking one's own life), suicide plans and suicide attempts, how to talk with someone who is contemplating suicide, and how to connect with resources for the individual.

QPR instructors are available to facilitate trainings on campus and in the community.

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Level 2: Care Coordination Online (Fall 2021)

10/01/2021 - 10/29/2021

This course focuses on the role of the health navigator in team-based care coordination. In this course, we will explore care coordination and related concepts, including their application to practice and commonly encountered challenges. You will be guided step-by-step to learn the basic skills and advanced strategies to enhance team-based care and client engagement for better health outcomes, patient safety, and workflow efficiency.

This course is designed for care coordinators, case managers, patient navigators, health navigators and others who want to provide high quality, coordinated care to their clients.

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CNA Annual Conference Postponed to February 2022

Colorado Nurses Association has made the difficult decision to postpone their in-person conference scheduled for October 1 & 2, 2021, at the Hilton Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colorado, to February 25 & 26, 2022.

After weeks of discussion and considerations, the CNA Board of Directors made this decision and believes it is in the best interest of the organization.

CNA will still hold the membership meeting virtually on Saturday, October 2. Please save Saturday October 2, 2021 for the Annual Membership Assembly. Agenda and details to follow. Click here to register to attend the Membership Assembly.


October 7-8

1st Responder Conferences presents a two day mental health and wellness
seminar for all first responders and their families.

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Hosted by 1st Responder Conferences and Blue H.E.L.P.

Co-hosted by Operation True North Colorado

This training is for all 1st responders, police, fire, military/veterans, corrections, dispatchers, chaplains, retired 1st responders, spouses, professional staff, clinicians, spouses and all who work in the public safety field.

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Prescribing providers (MD, DO, APP) in Colorado and surrounding areas

Five weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
October 20 - November 17

October 20: What is Autism?
October 27: Screening for Autism & Sharing Difficult News
November 3: Medical Work Up
November 10: Basics of Behavior
November 17: Resources and School (IEP)


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Health Career Announcement

Part-time Instructor – Nurse Aide Program (Durango, Mancos, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs

We are seeking part-time instructors who are responsible for teaching nurse aide courses as assigned within instructor work load guidelines. We are seeking someone with the flexibility to teach from Durango, our PCC Mancos campus, our PCC Bayfield site, and/or Pagosa Springs. The minimum qualifications included being a licensed practical nurse and holding an unencumbered professional nursing license. For more information, please contact Cheri Johnson at cheri.johnson@pueblocc.edu or give her a call at
(970) 564-6207.
Visit here for full job description.


San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring an Administrative Support Assistant II.

The Administrative Support Assistant II will act as a lead for our Front Desk and Vital Statistics programs by providing training and serving as a mentor to new and less experienced staff members. This position will lead the team in delivering outstanding customer service, ensuring proper cash handling, distributing mail, answering phones, scheduling appointments, reviewing client billing, and completing end of day reports. This position will provide leadership for the Vital Statistics program by maintaining procedural documentation, processing client's requests, having knowledge of relevant information and serving as accounts receivable and accounts payable by invoicing local mortuaries. We seek a candidate with exceptional organizational skills, the ability to multi-task with efficiency, and a strong familiarity with data entry and computer skills. Benefits for exempt employees and non-exempt employees, 80% or more, are Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program, Paid Time Off, Retirement Plan, Life Insurance and Supplemental Insurance. This position is scheduled to close 9/30/2021, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $16.36 to $20.04 an hour. 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,
Click HERE

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