Pathways to Health

December 1, 2020


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Open Enrollment is the time to shop and compare plans for 2021 health coverage. Apply for financial help and enroll in your coverage by Dec. 15 for Jan. 1 coverage.
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Using Care Coordination to Address
Social and Economic Barriers to Health

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Current data shows that the majority of patients screened for social needs use navigation services, or care coordination, to meet their healthcare needs. Care Coordination is the organization of patient and client care between partners to deliver the most comprehensive and effective care. In Southwest Colorado, care coordinators work with healthcare providers and community organizations to address specific patient needs, to prevent disease and to increase wellness. SWCAHEC hosts the Care Coordination Collaborative which convenes those involved in care coordination in the region to discuss resources and services, barriers to care, and training needs. Please visit the Care Collaboration Collaborative webpage for information and resources at https://swcahec.org/career-advancement/care-coordination-collaborative/

The Care Coordination Collaborative will be meeting on Wednesday December 16th at 3:30 to begin a conversation about the social needs screenings happening in the region and how we can use the data collected to better inform our work in addressing social and economic barriers of health in our region.
SWCAHEC will share the data with you from the AHCM program and begin to identify where gaps in community resources exist and how best to address those gaps. We hope we can continue to support care coordinators by providing this opportunity to share, collaborate and partner.
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 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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According to the Colorado Health Institute, the pandemic has demonstrated that mental health is a central part of daily life for all of us, not a specialized corner of health care.


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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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