Pathways to Health

January 12, 2021


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The CDC has recently issued a Health Advisory about opioids and fatal opioid overdoses during the COVID19 pandemic.

Data included in the report show a marked increase in opioid overdose deaths in the state of Colorado. Recommendations include increasing Naloxone education and availability in communities and continuing provider and community education about the danger of opioids and risk factors for opioid overdose.

SWCAHEC is committed to work with community partners to prevent opioid overdose deaths through education and training.

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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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Telehealth resources available in multiple languages to reach our diverse Southwest region! Factsheets in English, Spanish and Navajo for providers and patients.

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Community COVID-19 Vaccinations are Coming Soon! Sign up below to register and receive updates as they become available.

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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.


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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Certified Nursing Assistant Workshop

January 29, 2021 at 8 am.



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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.
TCHNetwork is hiring a Community Outreach Manager to support the continued growth and development of TCHNetwork’s health equity work through internal capacity building, community engagement, and by building community relationships. The Manager helps empower, engage, organize, and advocate on behalf of our multicultural population and is responsible for community outreach and engagement, cultural inclusivity & advocacy activities, and providing cultural competency education and resources throughout the region.

· Managing team members, including hiring, training, goal setting, performance monitoring, regular team and one-on-one meetings, employee engagement and satisfaction, and termination
· Coordinating and implementing health equity work which requires proactively engaging with multisectoral partners to examine and reshape practices, power and influence for more equitable outcomes and move them towards inclusivity
· Oversight and delivery of diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) curriculum
· Assessing client satisfaction with services and evaluating community needs and revising programs when necessary to meet evolving needs
· Participating in state-wide and local coalitions to bring best practices in health equity to our rural region
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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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