Pathways to Health

April 6, 2021


Did You Know?

Over $6 billion dollars will be invested in Community Health Centers to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities
Learn how this funding is being distributed to health centers nationwide, including state-by-state breakdowns and an interactive health center funding map.

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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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What Have We Learned About Screening for Social Determinants of Health?
Increased access to wellness is about more than just high-quality healthcare, it is about understanding the social and economic determinants of health including access to housing, nutritious food, childcare, and transportation. How healthcare providers access information about these factors has been a rapidly developing area of healthcare systems building. Screening tools, like the Accountable Health Communities Model, have been created and modified to increase the communication between patients and their doctors and to facilitate the development of resources, referral processes, and care coordination to address the results of patient screening.

Barriers to screening continue to exist and the healthcare community has continued to learn about how to navigate care that includes social determinants. In a national survey of hospitals, providers revealed the barriers that they face screening patients for social needs including discomfort about topics they feel may be sensitive, lack of time, lack of systems to track social needs data, and a perceived lack of resources for post-screening referrals (1). But, as screening continues in area hospitals and clinics, providers are learning how to overcome these barriers and to use both the screening process and screening data to provide more empathetic and comprehensive patient care. Learning communities throughout Colorado contribute to this growth and learning.

On April 8th from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm MDT, you're invited to the Western Colorado Accountable Health Communities Model (AHCM) Annual Consortium Meeting, a learning forum for Western Colorado.

REGISTER here for one or more sessions about social determinants of health screening, resource referral, and care coordination in Southwestern Colorado.

* Article citation: screening-for-social-needs-tool-value-initiative-rev-9-26-2019.pdf (aha.org)
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Autism: Core Concepts for Primary Care Part 1 and Part 2 support providers in the screening, diagnosis and management of patients with an autism spectrum disorder and related developmental delays. See below for topics covered in each series. Resources and referral information will be shared throughout the series.
Prescribing providers (MD, DO, APP) in Colorado and surrounding areas


Five weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
April 21 - May 19

April 21: What is Autism?
April 28: Screening for Autism & Sharing Difficult News
May 5: Medical Work Up
May 12: Basics of Behavior
May 19: Resources and School (IEP)
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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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Seeking Community Health Programs Associate

About Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC)
SWCAHEC is one of six regional centers within the Colorado AHEC System. Serving 8 counties in Southwestern Colorado, SWCAHEC promotes academic community partnerships in five main areas of focus: 1) developing pathways for students into healthcare professions; 2) creating and delivering interprofessional education and training; 3) addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved areas and populations; 4) working with providers to facilitate and support practice transformation, distribution, and diversity; and 5) offering specialized community-based training.

Overview of the Community Health Programs Associate Role
As a member of the SWCAHEC staff located in Durango, CO, the Community Health Programs Associate (CHPA) will help develop and implement current grants and contracts related to entry level health careers, health professions educational support, and community health education in SW Colorado. This role requires the ability to: organize and implement multiple programs and projects at one time; feel comfortable providing outreach in the community for various projects; provide instruction for high school and non-traditional students related to entry level health careers; coordinate housing and instruction for health professions students; and help to facilitate community meetings.
The Community Health Programs Associate will preferably live in the Four Corners region and be willing and able to travel independently throughout the assigned region when required for programming. This position may require some evening and weekend events. *Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings are limited at this time.

Details: This is a part-time 20 hours/ week, exempt position and is supervised by the Executive Director. Professional development budget is included. Partial medical benefits provided. Salary ranges from $20,800- $26,000 based on experience.
Seeking a Peer Community Organizer
Do you find purpose in improving LGBTQ+ behavioral health equity by providing peer support to Colorado’s rural, frontier, and small communities? Colorado’s rural, frontier, and small communities lack nonclinical community support groups. As part of our dedication to supporting, educating, and empowering Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community, Envision:You is seeking two Peer Community Organizers, one to serve Southeast Colorado and another to serve the Southwest area of the state. The Peer Support Community Organizer will serve as a mentor, model, advocate, and motivator for local LGBTQ+ community members by facilitating Envision:You Peer Support Program workshops.
The Envision:You Peer Support Program is a series of psycho educational workshops created to foster relationship building, reduce stigma, and empower LGBTQ+ folks in these targeted areas.

If you think you meet these requirements and that your values are in line with ours, please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to jobs@envision-you.org.
The Social Services Manager is responsible for developing and leading the outreach and enrollment team in improving client services in accessing healthy equity programs and defining client growth. The manager will support the outreach and enrollment team; assist clients with insurance enrollments and completion of applications for financial assistance. The manager will oversee day-to-day operations; train the field team of outreach and enrollment coordinators; establish relationships and communicate regularly with stakeholders; promote programs; improve team productivity; and increase client participation.
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.
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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