Pathways to Health

December 7, 2021


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The COVID-19 Public Education Campaign is an initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures.
Click here for Outreach Resources.

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Things To Say To Someone Who is Vaccine Hesitant

Millions of people in the United States have received the COVID-19 Vaccine and complications are rare. One risk that many associate with the COVID vaccine is Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. The risk of Myocarditis is low among people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Out of 100,000 people vaccinated, 12 people were diagnosed with this condition. Your risk of myocarditis is much higher if you contract COVID-19. Out of 100,000 COVID-19 patients, 132 were diagnosed with myocarditis. Get the vaccine and protect yourself again COVID-19!

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The free, lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Colorado residents ages 5 and older. Youth ages 5 through 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

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Given recent increases in overdose deaths among LatinX communities and the dire need for evidence-based, culturally appropriate prevention resources, Addiction Policy Forum is launching the Opioid Prevention Campaign for LatinX communities. Materials will be provided in both English and Spanish, and will feature primary prevention, intervention, and educational resources. This campaign is made possible by funding from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.

Full-day workshop Managing and Understanding Dementia

The topics covered will include understanding the aging process, connecting you with local resources, effective communications and much more.

December 15, 2021 from 9am-5pm.

Meeting is virtually over Zoom for a full day of interactive learning

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THEARI Leads Major Nurse Refresher Change

After more than a year of THEARI’s efforts to measure and document outcomes and advocate for Colorado’s nurse refresher students, the Colorado State Board of Nursing voted (October 27, 2021) to allow nurses with inactive licenses for 5-10 years the option to demonstrate clinical competency 100% virtually, beginning December 30, 2021, in addition to 120 hours of theory. Nurses who have inactive licenses for more than 10 years may complete up to 75% of their requisite clinicals with simulation. This decision situated Colorado as a state leader in improving and expanding clinical education for previously licensed nurses that will transform the way nurses can re-enter the workforce, while helping to remove barriers for rural and disadvantaged nurses.
Phase 1 of THEARI’s RN Refresher course was developed to reduce barriers to re-entry by providing an entirely online, didactic course. However, for Phase 2, our RN Refresher course relied on in-person clinical training at local, and often remote sites, creating additional, prohibitive barriers for relicensing during the pandemic when clinical sites closed their doors to students. To address the needs of the community, THEARI collaborated with nurses, educators, and technology specialists, to develop
the Virtually Simulated Clinicals (VSC) program for Phase 2, specifically for the RN Refresher course in Fall 2020.
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This series will review important adolescent reproductive health topics such as taking an adolescent sexual health history, minor consent and confidentiality, and STIs in teens. It will also provide an overview of available contraceptive methods, patient-centered contraceptive counseling, and strategies for addressing common concerns and side effects of birth control methods.

Nurses, educators and other health professionals who work in a primary care clinical setting (i.e., pediatric office, family practice office, school-based clinic) and commonly work with adolescent patients and their reproductive health concerns

If you are a prescribing provider (NP, PA, CNM, MD, DO) please do not register for this series. The series designed for prescribing providers is offered 3-4 times each year and the next one begins January 13, 2022.
Click here to learn more and register.

Six weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM MT
January 27 - March 3
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Improving Equity in Menopause Care

The goal of this series is to improve patient care experiences and access to high-quality healthcare for women from diverse racial and ethnic groups who are experiencing menopause. The seven-session series will provide an evidence-based, comprehensive curriculum covering the current state of knowledge on racial and ethnic disparities, opportunities to increase provider self-awareness and confidence and opportunities improve communication with patients. Sessions include short lectures and case-based discussions.

Women's health clinicians (MD, DO, NP, PA, PhD, PsyD) who care for menopausal women in primary care, obstetric or mental health settings

Seven weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
January 19 - March 2

Register today for an online presentation of managing the cost of cancer care with Cancer Support Community of Southwest Colorado and guest speakers Laura Addington, CFP and Dan Rieber, CPWIC

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Between one and two percent of Coloradans identify as Native American, American Indian or Indigenous. It’s a population often forgotten in research and omitted from data that claims to accurately describe the experiences, perspectives and priorities of the people living in our state.
  1. The cost of housing is contributing to financial insecurity.
  2. Many Native Americans are experiencing challenges with their mental health and well-being.
  3. Native Americans perceive they are more likely than White Coloradans to experience unfair treatment.
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Community members across the state are working toward a Colorado where all people have access to affordable, healthy food in their communities. The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger partnered with the Colorado Health Institute to create The Anti-Hunger Community Toolkit. This toolkit aims to support community leaders across Colorado as they assess the strengths and gaps in their local food systems, and advocate for change by building public awareness and political will within communities.


This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, program best practices, and resources that can be used by your organization to implement substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. Click here for more information.



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Email cover letter and resume to heatherh@ecclaplata.org
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Title: Intake Coordinator

Reports to: Programs Director

Position type: Non-exempt, 32 hours/wk.

Salary range: $16-$17/hr. DOE

Eligible for Benefits: yes

Position Summary

This position is the frontline liaison for the agency, assisting clients and staff in a professional and supportive manner. The purpose of this position is to screen general inquires to the agency, briefly assess needs, and connect people with appropriate resources within the agency and make referrals to outside sources. The Intake Coordinator also manages the equipment and supplies of the agency and provides administrative support to staff.

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Title: Programs Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Position type: Exempt, FT

Salary range: $60,000- $65,000/annual DOE

Eligible for benefits: yes

Position Summary:

Responsible for overseeing federal, state and locally funded housing assistance programs to ensure compliance with program requirements. Position will be responsible for direct supervision of employees working in multiple housing assistance programs.

The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center is seeking a Registered Nurse for our Nurse Coordinator position (full-time at 32 hours/week). The position requires a minimum of a BSN degree. Preferred candidates demonstrate the ability to work independently and within a team, have good supervisory skills, and are committed to improving the health of the San Luis Valley. Excellent benefit package.

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to: career@slvahec.org.

We are looking for professionals who want to make a meaningful difference in their communities. Some positions include hiring bonuses. If you are interested in a mission-driven healthcare job in Colorado, Axis Health System may be a great fit for you.

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The Consortium is now accepting applications for an External Relations Professional to serve the southeast quadrant of Colorado. This position will build and maintain partnerships with stakeholders in the region; provide technical assistance and expertise to coalitions and organizations working to combat drug misuse; connect community members with local, state and federal resources; collaborate with elected officials as they plan for opioid settlement funds.

Click here to the full job posting

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.
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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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