Pathways to Health

November 24, 2020


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There are many ways we can feel connected this holiday season even though we may be miles apart.

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The COVID 19 pandemic has revealed challenges and opportunities of
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Studies have shown that social isolation negatively impacts health. Social needs screening in Southwestern Colorado reveal that community members in our region also struggle with loneliness and feeling disconnected from others. November 2019 showed the highest rates of social isolation of the year and data from September and October 2020 show increasing rates of reported social isolation.

Reaching out to others in a safe way this holiday season is important for our physical and mental health. Visit CHAC La Plata to learn about Connectedness.

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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La Plata County moved to Level Red: Severe Risk on Friday, November 20. The main changes for the community are:

  • In-person social gatherings with people outside your household, in any setting, are prohibited, even with social distancing.

  • Restaurants may only offer takeout, curbside, delivery, and outdoor (open-air) service. Outdoor on-premise service may be used by one household per table.

  • Last call is moved to 8 pm to reduce the chances of late-night social spread of the virus.

  • Office-based businesses must reduce their in-person workforce to 10%.

  • Gyms and fitness centers must reduce their indoor capacity to 10% or no more than ten people per room, whichever is smaller, by reservation only.

  • Indoor events and entertainment venues will be closed. Outdoor event venues may remain open with additional restrictions.

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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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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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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: Do you pride yourself in effectively helping your community? Do you enjoy working with others who share your desire to make a meaningful difference in the well-being of others? If so, TCHNetwork is seeking a Food Bank Coordinator who will assist regional food banks increase participants and provide an inclusive space for diverse community members, including adults 65+, Latinx, and low-income families.

Interested candidates must be a strong collaborator with experience in volunteer programming, including recruiting, growing, and organizing volunteers. The Spanish-speaking Food Bank Coordinator must have prior experience with logistics, planning, and program management and successful experience in community engagement and outreach to underserved populations. The ideal candidate will have lived or worked in a rural community for 2+ years, have knowledge of food insecurity and food systems, and have experience as a facilitator or consultant. She/he/they must have a bachelor’s degree or 4 years relevant experience. Ability and willingness to travel locally with reliable transportation. People of Color candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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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