Pathways to Health

December 15, 2020

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On behalf of the Southwestern Colorado Nursing Award Committee, Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education is pleased to announce the
winners of the 2020 Nursing Awards.

Nightingale Luminary Winner_Taylor Sifrit

2020 Nightingale Luminary Award Winner for the Southwestern Region

Taylor Sifrit

Taylor is an RN with Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. She was nominated in the Leadership category for implementing improvements for psychiatric patient care in the emergency department and for creating a peer support group for first responders and emergency department staff. Thank you Taylor for your commitment to mental health support and resources for both patients and healthcare providers!
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2020 Shining Star Award
Shannon Wells

Shannon is an LPN with Four Corners Youth Clinics in Cortez. She was nominated for her 22 years of dedication to the Four Corners Clinic and diverse students of Southwest Open School. Thank you Shannon for your exceptional nursing care and compassion and for providing students wrap around services for all their needs!
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2020 Rising Star Award

Kathryn Beck

Kathryn is an RN with Telluride Medical Center in Telluride. Kathryn was nominated for her passion, commitment and community collaboration in addressing the specific challenges for patients in remote, rural community including social and economic barriers to health such as homelessness. Thank you Kathryn for your leadership and problem solving in providing patients with the care they deserve!


Thank you all for the excellent care you provide to your patients
and to your communities!

We appreciate you and all that you do!

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we were unable to hold our 2020 annual
award event; winners will be recognized at our 2021 award event TBA.


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Care Coordination Collaborative SWCAHEC
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 AHCM 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.


Congratulations to our Fort Lewis intern Mckayla Keams.
You are truly an influencer in your Navajo community! Thank you for hand-making over 300 masks, giving them out for FREE and saving lives!

We are so proud of you!

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HHS Amends the PREP Act, to include expanded access to COVID related services via telehealth.

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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/
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Durango 2020 Noel Night

Noel Night will be the month of December and is taking place predominantly online through various virtual platforms.
The Durango Herald Noel Night insert is currently in circulation, and contains Noel Night deals, discounts and more... Visit

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Community Compassion outreach

Community Compassion Outreach needs volunteers to donate one home-cooked food item every Saturday for 20 Grab-N-Go Bags distributed to the homeless and food-insecure.

The Coffee & Conversations with the Homeless is held at the front entrance of Durango’s Schneider Park on Roosa Avenue, north of 9th Street Bridge. Individually packaged donations are accepted between Noon and 12:15pm. Two masked volunteers remain to sort donated food in plastic grocery bags to hand out with a bottle of water for 20 individuals who come by our station weekly. Sometimes we have only three items to distribute in each bag when volunteers are not in town. At other times, we may distribute an 8–course meal with desserts.


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Health Equity: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners (Jan. 20th - Mar. 10th)

This course is for public health practitioners who are serious about walking their health equity talk but aren't quite sure how to get started. Participants will consider how to close gaps that result from systemic, avoidable, and unjust policies and practices that create barriers. This course includes on-you-own work, complimented by weekly, live, interactive Zoom sessions.

More Information & Registration



Health organizations quickly adapted to delivering care via telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis. However, a strategic approach is critical to the sustainability of telehealth well beyond the pandemic. The goal of this three-part series is to provide support for telehealth delivery and sustainability through brief updates on best-practices and extended Q&A with leading telehealth implementation experts: Prime Health Executive Director Rachel Dixon and Telehealth Consultant Sam Lippolis.

Colorado-based primary care team staff including clinicians and other
decision-makers in the realm of clinical strategy and health technology

Three weekly ECHO sessions held virtually

Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

January 13 - 27, 2021



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Looking for a meaningful job that makes a positive impact?
Become a host home provider through Community Connections, Inc!
Community Connections Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Durango, Colorado that enriches the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through supporting them to achieve their goals.

As a host home provider, you will play an integral role in the life of an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability. Get paid to provide essential care and support in the comfort of your home.
Even through a pandemic, our host homes have had job security the entire time.
As an independent contractor, you have a great deal of flexibility in how you provide services. Not only is this type of work personally rewarding but financially as well since payment is tax-free.
Training and support are available.

Visit www.communityconnectionsco.org “Adults” tab or contact Sarah Lipp at (970) 385-3449
or (970) 946-8641 for more information.
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 – Bilingual in Spanish 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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