Pathways to Health

October 5, 2021


Did You Know?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on screening,
with some cancer screenings declining by 90%.

The NFL league and the American Cancer Society have allocated resources dedicated to safely restarting cancer screenings in communities with the most need.

This month, the NFL launched its “Crucial Catch” initiative which focuses on people getting screened to catch cancer early when it may be easier to treat.

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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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Imo Succo, SWCAHEC staff member and Regional Health Connector enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

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DEA will hold the National Prescription Drug TakeBack (NTBI 21) on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Unused expired, and unwanted medicines left in home cabinets are at risk for abuse, misuse, and theft. #SecureYourMeds while you’re at home during the #COVID19 pandemic. More information at https://go.usa.gov/xGeXX

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PCCSW - Practical Nursing Certificate Flyer - September 2021

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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Rheumatology in Primary Care
This ECHO series creates a virtual space where primary care providers and specialists can collaborate to increase access to care for patients with rheumatologic disease and promote awareness of the impact of rheumatologic disease on the health and wellness of patients in the primary medical home. The series will focus on early disease identification, efficient and effective evaluations, improved transitions of care for patients in need, and broaden the range of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions appropriate for the primary medical home. We will build connections between healthcare providers to maximize patient evaluation and to facilitate consultations and co-management.

Primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) and registered nurses (RN) in Colorado

Ongoing weekly ECHO sessions held

Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

First session October 26

Registration is ongoing

CME for this series is pending approval by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians

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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

La Plata County Human Services Seeking a motivated and compassionate Family Therapist to provide clinical and case management services to children, adolescents, and families involved in child welfare. May provide treatment in family’s homes, school or office. May work independently or with a team. Serves biological, foster, and adoptive families. Requires excellent organizational and communication skills. Requires after-hours and on-call availability several times per year. Experience with evidenced-based, trauma-informed therapeutic treatments and knowledge of child development and attachment theory preferred. Master’s degree in behavioral or mental health required. 4-5 years experience preferred. Deadline October 14, 2021. $53,180/yr + benefits. Apply online at http://co.laplata.co.us or at computer kiosk @ 1101 E 2nd Ave, Durango.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a part time Nurse Practitioner to work in the Sexual Health and Immunization clinic. Primary functions include providing female annual/gyn exams, STI testing and treatment, PrE, contraceptives, and child and adult immunizations. Schedule will include 2-4 clinic days per month at the Durango or Pagosa Springs clinic site. Colorado Nurse Practitioner license, CPR certification. Are required for this position. 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. Benefits for part time employees include Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program and Supplemental Insurance. This position is scheduled to close 10/20/2021, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $31.22 to $46.84 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.


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.

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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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