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October 12, 2021

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President Biden proclaimed Monday, Oct. 11, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, becoming the first U.S. president to formally recognize the day.

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.

The contributions that Indigenous peoples have made throughout history — in public service, entrepreneurship, scholarship, the arts, and countless other fields — are integral to our Nation, our culture, and our society. Indigenous peoples have served, and continue to serve, in the United States Armed Forces with distinction and honor — at one of the highest rates of any group — defending our security every day. And Native Americans have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working essential jobs and carrying us through our gravest moments. Further, in recognition that the pandemic has harmed Indigenous peoples at an alarming and disproportionate rate, Native communities have led the way in connecting people with vaccination, boasting some of the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group.


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Rural Americans are dying of COVID at twice the rate of those in urban areas. According to data from the Rural Health Policy Institute, mortality rates are accelerating in rural areas where vaccination rates tend to be lower. Contributing factors such as overall health status, limited access to health care, and healthcare staffing shortages cannot be ignored either for these communities. Nurses and other healthcare providers are burned out and either leaving local jobs for higher paying travel or temp agencies or quitting altogether. Although the fear that pending vaccine mandates will exacerbate the staffing issue, vaccinations are the most effective way to slow rural COVID deaths/

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SWCAHEC Community Health Workers (CHWs), funded by the Vaccinate Colorado!

We have been working to increase health equity and to decrease the impacts of COVID-19 in rural SW Colorado. Our CHWs have been increasing access to vaccines and vaccine information through creative programming and education campaigns that target diverse community members. Stay tuned for more information and if you are interested in becoming a SWCAHEC CHW, please contact kate.hartzell@swcahec.org
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High School Students Interested in Health Careers

Additional ProgrammingThe 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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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.

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Join us at a half-day Learning Institute before the APHA Annual Meeting to learn how the Public Health Learning Agenda Toolkit can help public health organizations and their partners create a plan for learning to address and achieve systems change.
The Learning Institute takes place virtually on
Saturday, October 23
9:00am - 12:00pm MST

The cost is $215 and 3 CE credits are available. You do NOT need to be registered to attend the APHA Annual Meeting to attend.


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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The pandemic presented a historic challenge to Coloradans and their institutions — lost jobs and insurance, lack of access to health care, soaring needs for mental health support.
How did Coloradans meet the challenge? The 2021 Colorado Health Access Survey will have some answers. The every-other-year survey is the state's leading source of data on the systemic factors that influence health. This year, it will provide the first detailed look at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado.
We invite you to join us online Wednesday, October 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for the debut of the 2021 survey report.
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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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Social Work Position
Hospice of Montezuma is seeking a part time social worker to help patients and families experiencing end of life and related issues. Candidates must demonstrate excellent assessment skills and enjoy home visits. This position requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or have 1 year of social work experience in a healthcare setting with a degree in psychology or sociology or other field related to social work. Computer skills, flexibility, and teamwork are skills vital for success. Other job skills can be discussed to accommodate a full time position. See full job description and requirements on website at hospiceofmontezuma.org/join-us/job-opportunities/


La Plata County Human Services Seeking a Motivated and
Compassionate Family Therapist

Must 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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