Pathways to Health

November 17, 2020

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We will need to continue to be careful in the coming weeks and you may need to utilize telehealth for a healthcare visit. If you have not accessed telehealth services yet and want to know more about what to expect and how to prepare, click on the link below.

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According to AHCM data, there are housing struggles within the SW Colorado region

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Read the full blog to connect with community partners addressing these barriers.

Note* This Accountable Health Communities Model is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $4.51 million with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement,
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Due to the health risks of having COVID-19 and the flu simultaneously as well as the danger of overwhelming our hospitals, it’s especially important to get your flu shot this year. *Cost of flu shots is covered by insurance or free to un- or under-insured.

Thursday, Nov 19, 1-4 pm, SJBPH Pagosa Springs, Flu shots only

Free. Donations accepted.

All children and adults welcome.

Please do not attend if you are experiencing a fever, cough, or other illness.

For questions, contact Ashley at 970.335.2015 or agonzalez@sjbpublicheath.org.

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Community Compassion outreach

Community Compassion Outreach is looking for people to pickup meals from Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango at 11:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


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Thank a Nurse Today

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Add your tribute to our recognition wall…for a nurse who made an impact either in your care or that of a loved one, a thank you to a colleague, family or friend, or a general acknowledgement to all nurses for all they do.

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Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop for Tribes

“Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities”

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations - Regions 6, 7, and 8, Heartland, Southwest, and the Great Plains Telehealth Resource Centers, North Dakota Department of Health, and the Spirit Lake Tribe invite you to a special virtual training event.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Thursday, November 19, 2020

• Introduction to Telehealth
• Building a Telehealth Business Plan

• Telehealth Standards, Guidelines, and Evaluation

• Telehealth Technology and Facility Design

• Policy Trends and Considerations

• Funding to Support Telehealth Efforts

• Successful Tribal Telehealth Programs (Medication Assisted Treatment, Prenatal Care, • Remote Patient Monitoring, Home Visiting Programs)

• Resources

*There is no registration fee.*

For more information, contact Lilia Salazar at 214-767-3073 or at LSalazar@hrsa.gov.

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COVID-19 Fatigue Got You Down?
Thursday, November 19

1pm MT | 2pm CT | 3pm ET

We are all tired of COVID, but the hits just keep on coming, and are disproportionately affecting the long-term care space. As we prepare for the challenges of fall and winter, please join us for this interactive Office Hours session that will feature special guest speaker Dr. Lea Watson. Dr. Watson will discuss the importance of recognizing COVID “fatigue” and how to manage the chronic stress it has caused. It is easy to become desensitized to the magnitude of loss, which is dangerous and unhealthy. The antidote is mindful awareness, resilience training and gratitude for the good that is always present. She will also highlight the importance of meeting this moment as one of opportunity to advocate for reform in our industry. In doing so, we can find purpose in a time of chaos and uncertainty. Like no other time, we are all in this together. Dr. Christine LaRocca, Telligen Medical Director, will join the conversation.


Describe three examples of why nursing homes have disproportionate
stress during COVID

Discern the difference between acute and chronic stress

List three traits of resilience that can be practiced and cultivated

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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Water Quality Laboratory Technician. The position, as assigned, will perform biological and physical laboratory analyses of water and wastewater samples, adheres to quality control procedures, maintains and provides data, reporting, and data analysis, receives and responds to routine inquiries from the public, performs billing for laboratory services, and performs routine maintenance of laboratory instrumentation, equipment and work spaces. An associate’s degree in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or a related field is sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job; laboratory experience and a bachelor’s degree are preferred. The position is scheduled to close on November 16, 2020, or when an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $19.24 to $27.90 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 .

San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring for an Administrative Assistant devoted to supporting COVID-19 response activities. Incumbents, as assigned, perform central reception by greeting, screening and directing visitors and patients at community testing sites and providing information; providing test results and providing information to those who participate in SJBPH sponsored community testing; create and maintain files; process, prepare and distribute various documents, correspondence and informational flyers; enters and updates data in automated systems; verifies data input and makes corrections; retrieves basic report information; schedule appointments as needed; collect and maintain specimens; and maintain an inventory of supplies and materials. This position is scheduled to close 11/29/2020, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $14.91 to $18.27 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.

San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring for a Communicable Disease Specialist II. This person will assist with the planning, operating or coordinating of Points of Distribution (PODs) for communicable disease testing and flu/COVID-19 vaccination in cooperation with local healthcare partners; prepare, manage and train potential volunteers; obtain, manage and distribute supplies as required; prepare ongoing documentation and reports; assists the ESF8 lead during Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations; and work collaboratively to resolve problems within established standards and guidelines. Incumbents may act as a lead worker assigning and reviewing work activities, providing input into performance evaluation and acting as a resource for other staff. This position is scheduled to close 11/29/2020, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $19.24 to $23.57 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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OPEN JOB SUMMARY: Community Programs Supervisor who will oversee multiple Community Programs across our rural region.

This position is responsible for developing a team to assist clients in accessing health equity programs; identifying needs and generating referrals to community services; conducting social determinants of health assessments; supporting community programming; assisting with insurance enrollments; completing applications for financial assistance. The supervisor will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations; developing the field team; establishing relationships with stakeholders; promoting programs; improving staff productivity; increasing client participation; and ensuring program sustainability.
OPEN JOB SUMMARY: Community Mobilizer Administrator
The Community Mobilizer is responsible for leading youth and adult community coalitions and workgroups, currently focused on youth substance prevention, in Telluride and surrounding communities. Utilizing the Community That Cares framework and through partnership with local schools, the Mobilizer will lead the implementation of a community youth substance prevention action plan, developing membership in coalition work, and build relationships with community leaders, government officials, educators and other key stakeholders to support the coalition’s goals. Responsibilities also include advocating for community-driven practices and emphasizing capacity building of coalition and community members and engaging local youth to support, grow & lead community initiatives to engage the overall community toward shared goals around youth substance prevention.
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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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