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March 23, 2021


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Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March is Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. Click here.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Effected the Mental Health of Healthcare Providers

A study conducted in part by University of Utah researchers has revealed the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study, over 50% of doctors, nurses, and first responders have struggled with mental health problems because of work conditions related to the outbreak. The study’s lead researcher described the healthcare environment in recent months as “akin to domestic combat” and is hopeful that an understanding of this impact will lead to services and supports for healthcare professionals.

SWCAHEC supports the work of our rural healthcare providers in Southwestern Colorado. In April, we are sponsoring a training series that provides healthcare providers with tools that can reinforce resilience in the face of difficult patient interactions and stressful clinical work environments. Please join us for this training. We are here to support you! If you have questions, please email Kate at kate.hartzell@swcahec.org

*Quote Citation: More Than Half of COVID-19 Healthcare Workers at Risk for Mental Health Problems | University of Utah Health
*Study Citation: Pandemic-related mental health risk among front line personnel - ScienceDirect
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BID, Visit Durango, and the 5 Star Certification Program have teamed up to create the Durango Mask Marshall program. Marshall Tucker and Miss Kitty are out and about Downtown (as weather permits). These actors are in full old west gear talking with people about the area's mask requirements. Doing this in character creates a calmer atmosphere around the topic of masking.

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Health Equity: LGBTQ+ Online Course (Mar. 31st-May 19th)

This six-week online learning experience approaches the issue of LGBTQ+ health from multiple perspectives. It will provide information and an opportunity for personal reflection, and ends with an introduction to action steps public health and health care can take to improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals.

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In this ongoing series offered twice a week, an interdisciplinary panel of public health, clinical and pharmacotherapy experts provides information related to COVID-19 and addresses challenges in primary care practice management (such as transitioning to telehealth). Experts answer questions and discuss de-identified patient cases.

Physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other healthcare providers working in primary care

Ongoing ECHO sessions held virtually
Mondays & Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:00 AM MST
Participants may join and attend sessions at any time.
Attendance commitment is not required.
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Certified Medical Education credits are available for these sessions. Application for CME credit will be filed at the conclusion of this series with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Credit will be contingent on attendance (please add your name, credentials, affiliation and email address into the Zoom chat during the live session) and completion of a post-series survey.

Adolescent Reproductive Health For Primary Care Providers

This series offers clinically relevant topics for primary care providers who provide or are looking to build, expand, and improve care to preteens through young adults. Once completed, participants will be able to evaluate and manage common conditions in adolescent reproductive health. Over the course of six sessions, the series will include an overview of adolescent reproductive health issues, best practices in adolescent contraception and common adolescent gynecology concerns.
Colorado-based primary care providers (MD, DO, APP)

Six weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 AM MT
April 8 - May 13
CME: This ECHO Colorado series will be reviewed and acceptable for up to six credits by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Communications Director to oversee all Communications functions for the organization. The Communications Director is responsible for the management of the Communications division's goals, budget, staff, policies, procedures and legal compliance. The incumbent will establish and implement the annual strategic health communication and marketing plan with an emphasis on building the SJBPH brand. The Communications Director serves as the Lead Public Information Officer and responds to Colorado Open Records Act requests. In addition, the incumbent crafts and distributes both internal and external communications messages, including public service announcements, media releases, newsletters, presentations and the agency's Annual Report. The Communications Director collaborates with community partners on common external communications messages. A bachelor's degree in a related field and seven years of experience related to area of assignment, including two years of supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above are required. 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 3/31/2021, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $33.34 to $41.68 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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