Pathways to Health

August 23, 2022

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International Overdose Awareness Day, held on August 31st, is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember (without stigma) those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind. Learn more.

SWCAHEC is hosting 2 FREE Overdose Education Events
Details in the flyers below.

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Welcome Dyllon Mills to the SWCAHEC Team!

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I recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health. I am honored to introduce myself as the Community Health Programs Associate of Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC). This role is a significant responsibility, and I thank Kate Hartzell, the Executive Director of SWCAHEC, and fellow team members for the trust that they have placed in my ability to help develop and implement grants and contracts related to entry-level health careers, health professions educational support, and community health education in SW Colorado. I am excited about the future of our region’s AHEC Program and am committed to helping continue the impressive trajectory it has established over the past years.

As a young, capable, bright rowdy Indigenous individual from the lands of the Ute Mountain Utes of Colorado, I was the underserved student that many educational policies and equity programs targeted. I have never forgotten what it was like to be this young person needing these necessary supports throughout my academic career. Thus, I have dedicated my entry into the workforce to providing back to the community, and now, this role allows me to offer giving back at a regional level--Gosh, what a blessing!

I have administrational experience as the Vice-Chair of the Board for Kwiyagat Community Academy. As a stakeholder in education and representative of the Academy, I oversee its successful efforts in education from the startup phase to its second academic year serving the residents of the SW community. Here, I am privileged to participate in restoring the Towaoc community and repairing a buckskin of the community to wholeness, so once again, the community is a strong cradleboard able to wrap families in warmth and protection.

If you wish to connect, please stop by the SWCHEC offices at 701 Camino del Rio, Suite 320 Durango, CO 81301 or feel free to schedule a meeting online.
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SWCAHEC is offering a 'Native Food for Life' FREE Online Course. REGISTER HERE.

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Diabetes and Hypertension Care Using Telehealth
and Remote Monitoring Technologies

The goal of this series is to provide updates and practical guidance on the use of telehealth tools and programming in diabetes, hypertension and high blood cholesterol management. The three-session series will provide practical information on incorporating remote patient monitoring (RPM) in your practice, including the use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM) and self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring. This series will also include components of telehealth policy and reimbursement, and how COVID-19 has impacted change in these areas. Learn from experts in the field on how to incorporate these tools into your practice in order to gain confidence and improve care for your patients.

Professionals who provide care for patients with diabetes, CVD and/or high blood pressure in Colorado (MD, DO, NP, PA, RN, RDN, PharmD, etc.)

Three weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
August 17 - 31
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) invites you to a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training and Legislative Update webinar. The webinar will include training and resources regarding registration and use of the Colorado PDMP and will discuss several statutory changes that take effect in 2022.
  • Who? Prescribers, pharmacists, delegate PDMP users, and other stakeholders
  • What? PDMP training and education session regarding PDMP registration requirements, use of the PDMP, delegate registration and use of the PDMP, and program updates due to recent legislation.
  • Where? Virtual - register here
  • When? August 23, 2022; noon
  • Why? Recent legislation made several statutory changes to the Colorado PDMP that take effect in 2022, including updates concerning delegate access and statutory requirements that prescribers query the PDMP before writing certain opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions.
If you are unable to attend this webinar, a recording will be posted to the DORA PDMP Training webpage at dpo.colorado.gov/PDMP/Training.
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Join us at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 25 to discover what we’ve learned about the need for culturally responsive health care in Colorado and how it’s associated with better health outcomes and more positive experiences with the health care system.

No two people have the same needs and experiences when they visit a doctor. Characteristics like language, cultural identity, sexual orientation, and previous experience with trauma can all shape a person’s health care needs. These barriers, combined with issues related to health literacy, contribute to health disparities such as poor general and mental health status.
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Identifying and Treating Tremor, Parkinson's and Chorea

As our population ages, so does the prevalence of neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s Disease (PD), which is responsible for nearly three million disability adjusted life years globally and this has been increasing rapidly since the early 1990s. This series will introduce participants to quick exam techniques to assess tremor and rapidly narrow your differential diagnosis. You will also learn about treatment basics in PD and when to refer. The series will cover reliable recognition and differential diagnosis of chorea, including many medical and metabolic causes, and will highlight the most common genetic cause of chorea, Huntington’s Disease (HD), as well as effective new treatments for chorea. Case-based discussion will illustrate common psychiatric problems and treatments in those with PD and HD.

Clinicians who care for patients with movement disorders in Colorado and surrounding areas

Five weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Thursdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
September 1 - 29
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Programs Supervisor - Specialized for the newly created Opioid Risk Reduction program. The Programs Supervisor - Specialized responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to support program efforts, maintaining a network of resources for participant referrals, providing HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling services for program participants, providing screening and referral services, providing syringe access services and harm reduction education to program participants, and providing overdose prevention training and education for program participants and the public. Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in nursing, social work, human services, or other applicable degrees or related field and two years of human services or public health programs related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation. 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. Benefits for part time employees include Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program and Supplemental Insurance. This position is scheduled to close 9/16/2022, or until an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $26.09 to $31.31 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.

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Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

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