Pathways to Health

February 16, 2021


Did You Know?

Each February, NHLBI and The Heart Truth® celebrate American Heart Month by motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease.

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Last Chance to Sign up for the
FREE Opioid Education and Naloxone Training this Month!

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Connect for Health Colorado is offering an uninsured enrollment period
February 8-May 15, 2021 for those who are currently uninsured or have recently lost their insurance or will soon lose their health insurance.

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Using Social and Economic Barriers to Health Data to Inform Programming


How do you read the data?

This week, SWCAHEC is posting the AHCM data on social needs and letting YOU read it! AHCM data is aggregate data based on patient screenings in participating clinic settings and healthcare facilities. This data gives us information about the barriers to health faced by community members in Southwestern Colorado. We use this data to create care plans, to coordinate care, and to link with community organizations to increase the wellness of everyone in our region. We also use the data to create new programming and to support existing programs that already serve our region. Please answer the following questions:

1. When you look at the data above, what do you think it means for our region? Your experience will give you a unique perspective on the numbers in the graph above.

2. What do the numbers tell us about social and economic barriers to health in Southwestern Colorado?

3. Given your interpretation of the numbers in the graph, what action would you take to address the community need expressed through the data?

Please send your response to Kate at kate.hartzell@swcahec.org We will publish the responses in next week's Pathways. We will also enter your name in a drawing for a Rocky Mountain gift card. We look forward to sharing ideas about how data on social and economic barriers to health can impact how we can increase wellness 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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Nurses Leading the Way in Primary Care

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The 4-day workshop will be held virtually March 2-5, 2021. The workshop will be held from 7:45 am - 4:00 pm each day. Participants are expected to attend all four days of the workshop, as the content is sequential and builds on itself. Participants who complete all hours of the workshop will be eligible to receive nursing contact hours.*

Registration is open now, but closes on February 19th, 2021. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Cost: $85

COAHEC NEAR Lite Virtual Sessions

CU School of Medicine Curriculum: Reform, Revision, Redesign

Presented by CU, School of Medicine Recorded 1 hour session, available November 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021

Jennifer Adams, MD, FACP

Registration Link

A Pathway for Rural Health Care to Thrive
in a Post COVID-
19 World
Recorded 1 hour session —available - March 1, 2020 Benjamin D. Anderson, MBA, MHCDS
Lauren Hughes, MD, MPH
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Burnout and Healing in the Face of Global Pandemic

Recorded 1 hour session —available - March 1, 2020

Benjamin D. Anderson MBA, MHCDS

Registration Link

Basics of Gender Affirming Care

1-hour session presented live, January 14, 2021, Recording available
90 minutes session presented live Thursday, January 14, 2021, Recording available
Liv Kvach, MD , MA and Andrew Miller, MA

Registration Link

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Transgender Health: Comprehensive Approaches in Primary Care

This series is designed to support clinical providers interested in improving care for transgender and gender non-binary patients. Participants will increase their knowledge and confidence in providing gender-affirming care including routine primary care, hormone therapy management, surgical options and supporting mental health.
Sessions include a brief didactic presentation by an expert and discussion of participant-submitted cases. Participants are highly encouraged to submit de-identified patient cases for group discussion and expert consultation.

Prescribing primary care providers in North America
(Sessions are held in English)

Ongoing monthly sessions held virtually
Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
Next session March 4

How Nurses and Medical Assistants Can Foster a
Culture of Immunization in the Practice

Research shows that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of information for parents when it comes to vaccines for their child. Nurses and medical assistants have a key role to play in improving vaccine acceptance and fostering a culture of immunization in the practice as they are in contact with parents throughout the office visit.

This CE activity features practical strategies to improve vaccination rates in the practice, including how to deliver clear and concise vaccine recommendations and address parents’ frequently asked questions. By highlighting key points before, during, and after a patient’s visit to support vaccine conversations, this presentation will reinforce best practices for improving vaccination rates. Find out how to develop a culture of immunization in your practice.

Audience: Administrators, CHES certified health educators, physicians, LPNs, LVNs, medical assistants, medical students, NPs, nurse technicians, other health educators, pharmacists, PAs, program managers, RNs

CME: Valid through December 4, 2021

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Health Career Announcement
The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for increasing community and partner knowledge of Tri-County Health Network’s (TCHNetwork) programs and services, building strategic relationships to identify and address barriers to good health, and conducting a variety of outreach activities. The Outreach Coordinator will also provide direct services to clients. These services include (1) conducting in-home assessments and connecting adults age 60 and over, adults with disabilities, and those living with illness or injury to community resources; (2) oversee the palliative support program and Durable Medical Equipment lending closet, arrange and work with volunteers, and conduct in-home assessments;(3) educating and enrolling eligible individuals and families into relevant public benefit programs (SNAP, Medicaid, CHP+, EOC, LEAP, etc.) and Colorado’s health insurance marketplace; (4) build relationships with external partners and stakeholders to improve our referral network; and (5) assist with other programs, as needed.
Visit https://tchnetwork.org/jobs/ for full job description.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to info@tchnetwork.org with “San Miguel & West End Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
The Behavioral Health Care Coordinator (BHCC) links people in San Miguel County to available behavioral health treatment and mental wellness promotion resources. At the same time, the Coordinator advocates on behalf of clients, helps clients navigate the behavioral health system and resources, and coordinates referrals to ensure a streamlined experience for clients. When barriers to care are experienced, the BHCC will assist clients in overcoming obstacles faced in accessing or receiving services needed to maintain well-being and independence through direct services or referrals to other community resources. The BHCC will also provide cross-agency and systems coordination, partner with various behavioral health resources throughout the region, and develop and implement strategies to effectively market and advertise these resources.

Visit https://tchnetwork.org/jobs/ for full job description.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to om@tchnetwork.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Are you passionate about social justice and interested in fighting for systemic change in the immigration and healthcare systems? Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) is looking for someone to transform outcomes for the Spanish speaking immigrant community who live and work in our service region of San Miguel and Delta Counties.

TCHNetwork is hiring a Multicultural Engagement 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.

Visit https://tchnetwork.org/jobs/ for full job description.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to om@tchnetwork.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
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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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