Pathways to Health

December 22, 2020


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Two-thirds of adults say they are experiencing social isolation, and 66 percent say their anxiety levels have increased during the pandemic, according to survey results the foundations released
in “The Pandemic Effect: A Social Isolation Report.”
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Want to find out more about Medicaid and Telehealth?

The Center for Connected Health Policy presents this series for experts to share insights about what works during this unprecedented time and beyond.

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Screenings for social and economic barriers to health have revealed that our regional community members are struggling with issues related to food, housing, transportation, social isolation, and safety. SWCAHEC, along with our partners, is using this social needs screening data to create programs to address these needs. As we head in to a new year, we are inspired to continue to work on behalf of our region to address social and economic barriers to health and to increase wellness.

Let’s make 2021 healthier for everyone in Southwestern Colorado!

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,
by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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Community Volunteers Launch "CoronaDoc" Information Program

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is pleased to announce CoronaDoc, a confidential volunteer program to assist local employers, agencies, schools, and other organizations in educating their employees/members about COVID-19 and best practices for prevention, reducing spread, treatments, upcoming vaccine distribution, and more. The program is focused on short presentations delivered by medical professionals followed by question and answer sessions for participants.

The program is approved and supported by SJBPH but implemented by volunteer administrators and doctors.

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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 Navigation Fundamentals

Topics in this comprehensive “Level 1” training include patient communication, health promotion and professional conduct. Don‘t miss this opportunity to network with other navigators!

This 8-week virtual course will include both online coursework (reading, quizzes, assignments) as well as Live Learning Sessions via Zoom. Live Learning Sessions will be held on Wednesdays at noon Mountain Time (11 am PT/1 pm CT/2 pm ET) during the course. Participants should plan to attend all sessions:
Jan 13 – LLS 1 (Course Orientation)
Jan. 20 – LLS 2
Jan 27 – LLS 3
Feb 3 – LLS 4
Feb 10 – LLS 5
Feb 17 – LLS 6
Feb 24 – LLS 7
March 3 – LLS 8
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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.



Three weekly ECHO sessions
held virtually

Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

January 13 - 27, 2021

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 experts.

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Certified Nursing Assistant Workshop

January 29, 2021 at 8 am.

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START DATE: 1/26/2021
This ECHO series offers health care providers and other staff working in health care settings strategies to navigate, normalize and hold space for worries and experiences during this pandemic. By understanding stress along a continuum, participants will learn how to manage stress and loss, increase capacity to prevent burnout, elevate connectedness and mindfulness, and promote quality patient care.


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Health Career Announcement
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Position Title: Street Outreach Specialist
Reports to: Resource Center Manager
Position Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt, and Hourly
Work Hours: 32 hours per week; variable days and hours depending on need.
Source of Funding: This position is fully funded by the ESG-CV2 grant from 1/1/2021 to 9/30/2021.

Mission of the Manna is to provide, in the spirit of faith and love, nourishing meals and supportive services in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring for those in need.

Summary of Position:
This job description is in compliance with the ESG-CV2 grant requirements.
The Street Outreach Specialist engages with and provides services, case management, and community-based resource referrals and advocacy for Durango’s homeless population. The Street Outreach Specialist will assist persons experiencing homelessness in staying safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic.
The Street Outreach Specialist works with all partner agencies and the unhoused to
facilitate delivery of services as needed.
Please provide a cover letter, resume, and three references. Deadline: December 28th, 2020.
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Substance Use Prevention Coordinator. This position is responsible for performing community-wide outreach and program promotion in support of contracts. Successful applicants will have experience in organizing community members involvement in local public health initiatives for youth such as substance misuse prevention, tobacco prevention, suicide prevention or other behavioral health/healthy behavior needs. This position collaborates with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders to provide timely education and communication regarding program initiatives; providing trainings and technical assistance to community stakeholders to build their capacity to engage equitably in public health initiatives; provide education directly to youth and caregivers to support building healthy communities; supporting required monthly reporting and program evaluation for funders and internal needs; utilizing data collection tools and methodologies for program analysis; evaluation and monitoring program data and risk indicators to assess conditions; and assisting in writing grant proposals, concept papers and other materials to obtain funding. The qualifications for this position are an associate degree and two years of healthcare, public health or related experience. A bachelor's degree in a related field and experience with youth substance use prevention and/or tobacco use prevention is preferred. This position is scheduled to close 1/3/2021, or until an adequate pool is reached. This hiring range for this position is $17.80 to $25.21. 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.
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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