Pathways to Health

February 23, 2021


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Here is a list of telehealth providers and available nurse lines, even if you do not have insurance or a primary care provider.

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Responses to Social and Economic Barriers to Health Questions

Social needs screening data contributes to conversations about care coordination and creating and supporting services that address these needs in Southwestern Colorado. As area healthcare facilities screen patients about food security, housing, safety, and transportation, we get a more comprehensive picture of those things affecting wellness in our region.

Last week, SWCAHEC posted the following graph and solicited local readings of the data. What does the data tell us about our community members and how can that information help us address these needs in our organizations and programs?
Quite a few respondents addressed surprise at the number of social needs reported by 19-21 year olds in our region. Some suggested potential programming related to social determinants of health in our local college settings and others expressed an interest in increased vigilance for young people in their practices. Conversely, many were not surprised by the high numbers of needs for the 21-64 year old age group. Programming available for children and elderly community members often address social needs and the increased pressure of family responsibilities on adult community members are revealed in a higher reporting of needs.

The numbers that are revealed through social needs screening can be used to inform our decisions about programs and support but they only tell part of the story when thinking about developing responses to patient and client needs in our rural region. Local expertise cautions against using numbers alone as small sample sizes and support staff who wear many hats means a creative response to community needs.

One respondent offered, “Although there are many "models" for addressing needs, I have found that in rural Colorado it is difficult to pick one model. I have observed far more success by choosing an approach which allows for flexibility when addressing need. It is rare that our smaller community sizes have the sample needed for more "evidence-based models" and we need to be able to adapt based on case-by-case presentation.”

Matt Dodson, Director, Archuleta County Department of Human Services, was our Rocky Mountain Chocolate Gift Certificate Winner. Congratulations, Matt!
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,
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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

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A Pathway for Rural Health Care to Thrive
in a Post COVID-
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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

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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

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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


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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a full time Suicide Prevention Coordinator as part of the Colorado-National-Collaborative (CNC) project. The position is responsible for performing community-wide outreach and program promotion. Successful applicants will have experience in organizing and directly facilitating diverse groups of community members involvement in local public health initiatives such as suicide prevention or other behavioral health needs. This position collaborates with a diverse set of formal partners and community stakeholders to provide education and communication regarding Thriving Communities program initiatives; provides trainings and technical assistance to build their capacity to engage equitably in public health initiatives; supports required monthly reporting and program evaluation for funders and internal needs using data collection tools and methodologies, and assists in writing grant proposals, concept papers and other materials to obtain funding. An Associate’s degree and two years of healthcare, public health or related experience in behavioral health education are required. A bachelor's degree in a related field and experience with community behavioral health prevention services is preferred. Benefits for exempt employees and non-exempt employees, 80% or more, are Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program, Paid Time Off, Retirement Plan, Life Insurance and Supplemental Insurance. This position is scheduled to close 03/08/2021, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $17.80 to $25.21 an hour. 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.
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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