Pathways to Health

January 5, 2021


Did You Know?

By vaccinating people who are most likely to get COVID-19 first, we can slow the spread of the virus across the state and keep more Coloradans safe. Learn more...

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The Nightingale Luminary Awards, given since 1985, are Colorado’s highest nursing honor.

The nomination deadline for the Nightingale Luminary Awards has been extended to Feb. 19th, 2021.

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Need Comparison with all AHCM Screenings Completed Region-wide


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. Compared to other screening regions in Colorado, Southwestern Colorado is showing higher levels of need. 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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Racism and Oppression in Health Care Webinar January 19th


In recognition of the deleterious effects of racial disparities in health care, SIG 31 and the Colorado Nurses Association is sponsoring a virtual presentation entitled: Checking our Vital Signs: Racism & Oppression in Health Care, a web-based training that will take place on January 19, 2021, from 6 to 9 PM. There is no cost to attend this event but you must register and space is limited.
We are pleased and honored to have presenters who have a depth of experience training health care professionals using an Intercultural Development Continuum and a program they have developed to help us identify and think through ways of addressing systemic oppression both in our internal experience and our professional roles. The presenters are led by Ms. Deran Young, LCSW, MSW, MPA, who has vast experience in intersectional mental health, diversity, social justice, and organizational behavior. She is an innovative leader, social worker, and activist. She has global clinical experience with a work history that spans the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. She and her team will bring the Intercultural Development Continuum training to Colorado Nurses. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to explore the topic of racial disparities from the inside out. Register early, space is limited.
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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.


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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St. Mary's Addiction Medicine Clinic in Grand Junction, CO is looking for an experienced behavioral health clinician to join their growing addiction medicine team.
Their clinic offers outpatient integrated medical and behavioral health services for people and their loved ones whose lives have been interrupted by addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Their team is motivated to address the complex disease of addiction based on an individual’s unique needs and concerns, and are searching for a like-minded behavioral health clinician to expand their services.
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.
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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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