Pathways to Health

January 19, 2021


Did You Know?

According to the CDPHE, the first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine provided 46,800 vaccine doses, and the Moderna vaccine provided 95,600 doses. The vaccines are scheduled to go to health care workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. Get the Facts.

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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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Opioid training Durango CO

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 Hack Webinar Series-Session 2, January 27th

NCTRC Telehealth Hack - Post-Acute Care and Long Term Care Facility
Pandemic Response Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Optimal processes for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infections and outbreaks in post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) facilities has proven to be one of the most critical challenges of the COVID-19 era. High risk populations, especially older adults, who are facility-dwelling have accounted for approximately 25-40% of all mortality in the United States since March 2020. Telehealth services and technologies can serve as key tools to address this major challenge. This webinar reviews the principles and practices of the Geriatric Engagement and Resource Integration for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities (GERI-PaL) program, a collaborative and interprofessional telehealth endeavor serving these high-risk populations in central Virginia.
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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 COVID-19 Vaccinations are Coming Soon!
Sign up below to register and receive updates as they become available.

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With the vaccine starting to roll out to the general population, employers will quickly be faced with complex issues that must be navigated. In this webinar,
expert panelists who are leaders in vaccine distribution, legal and HR issues,
will take on answering difficult questions. Learn more

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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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Ripple Effect – Learning Sessions
6 sessions – one per month beginning January 20

This learning series will be facilitated by Deb Center, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC, Chief Program Officer in collaboration with an expert presenter and panelist at each session.
Each session will provide different tools to help participants walk away with a toolbox of strategies to empower their journey and support them as they begin to replant themselves firmly while continuing to have the agility needed to navigate their boat through the next wave of the storm.
To ensure a high level of engagement and interactivity, learning sessions will have no more than 25 participants. Questions about this program should be directed to Deb@ColoradoNursingCenter.org.


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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Eight weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
January 27 - March 17
This series will empower PCPs with tools and knowledge to enhance their narrative voice and to articulate issues more clearly for consumption by both policymakers and the public. Across eight weeks, PCPs will learn how to better share their stories and experiences by collaborating with an expert in public narrative in order to promote positive change in communities and clinics
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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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