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Sept. 6, 2022


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Twelve of the luminaries were selected by the CNF state committee to receive the highest honor of Nightingale Award recipient and mentioned in a recent press release by the Colorado Nurses Foundation. View the entire article here.

Congratulations Kathleen and Marissa!

Marissa Maxwell-Kaime, RN, ASN pictured top right and Kathleen McInnis, RN, BSN pictured bottom left


Kathleen McInnis, RN, BSN: Previously licensed nurses in rural and underserved communities need equal access to quality nursing education. Refresher nurses compete with pre-licensure students for clinical site placement. The challenge of a lack of clinical preceptors was exacerbated by the pandemic. Emergency orders were issued by the Governor to allow 100% simulated clinicals for pre- licensure students, but refresher students were not included. Kathleen immediately became an advocate for refresher nurses to not only be included, but to be considered as the high priority return to work candidates the Governor was seeking. As a result of her data collection, presentation and ardent advocacy, a permanent rule change now allows nurses with an inactive license of 5-10 years to complete up to 100% simulated clinicals in their refresher programs.


Marissa Maxwell-Kaime, RN, ASN: American Indian and Alaska Native Communities suffer from health disparities across a wide spectrum of health conditions but are historically more affected by pandemic illness than other racial or ethnic groups. Data indicates that these populations are more likely to suffer severe illness and death from COVID. Marissa recognized the risk in the Ute Mountain Tribal Community and took the lead to mitigate this risk. She established public health protocols to promote social distancing, contact tracing and isolation, symptom based and surveillance testing, and effective immunization. She worked tirelessly to educate, inform and advise tribal leadership. She developed and implemented a community COVID testing strategy that set the standard for test and trace efforts in the Indian Health Service. Her leadership resulted in measurable reductions in both risk and adverse outcomes due to COVID in the Ute Mountain tribal community.
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September is Recovery Month. View the Event Schedule Here.

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Accomplices to Indigenous Self-Determination
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September 8 and 9th

New Training - Accomplices to Indigenous Self-Determination | Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger is partnering with a farm equity co-leaders, Shannon Francis with Spirit of the Sun and her colleague, Celeste Razavi-Shearer, in a two-part series of virtual accomplice trainings for white partners who want to better understand the history of oppression of indigenous people in America, and how we can be better accomplices in supporting Native communities. Anyone is welcome to participate. Learn more...


IHI Finding and Creating Joy in Work

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An epidemic of burnout among health care professionals is affecting quality, safety, and health care system performance. To help reverse the worrying trend, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) partnered with experts around the world to create Finding and​ Creating Joy in Work, beginning September 14, 2022. This ​​online course with coaching is full of new thinking, resources, strategies, frameworks​, and solutions will help workforces truly thrive — not just survive. ​

The learning format of this online course includes six weeks of biweekly video content, three all-learner calls, and an opportunity for added coaching​. The course will share proven quality improvement (QI) ​​methods to create a positive work environment that fosters camaraderie, meaning, choice, and equity, and ensures the commitment to delivering high-quality care, ev​en in stressful times. ​

Monkeypox Bootcamp

Monkeypox is a typically rare viral infection that is spread through close contact. The White House declared Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency in August, as the number of cases across the US and other countries continues to increase. In Colorado, the number and geographic spread of Monkeypox has increased since the first case was reported in May 2022. Based on the best currently available data, Monkeypox will continue to be a public health concern for the immediate future. Healthcare providers need public health and clinical information to help prevent, diagnosis and treat Monkeypox cases in the ambulatory and inpatient setting.
This series will include two, weekly, hour-long sessions. Each session will include didactic presentations and case study review, along with participant Q&A.
Colorado health care providers (MD, DO, APP, RN, etc.) and administrators who care for patients in the primary care or hospital setting and are likely to care for patients with Monkeypox

Two weekly ECHO sessions held virtually Fridays 7:00 - 8:00 AM MT
September 9 and 16

Sept 9: Monkeypox General Overview
Sept 16: Monkeypox Diagnosis and Clinical Management
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PCMH is hosting free Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) trainings in September for anyone 18+ interested in learning about suicide warning signs, prevention strategies, and how to support youth having thoughts of suicide. Training dates/times (MT):
Sept. 16, 2022 9AM - 10:30AM
Sept. 28, 2022 12PM - 1:30PM

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Ideal for: Introductory Level
This 10-week course uses highly interactive activities to build your capacity to facilitate meetings and coalitions that are efficient, effective, and lead to results.

To be a more effective and efficient facilitator, we’ll help you first understand your own facilitation style. Learn how to anticipate, prevent and intervene in difficult situations to keep the group from derailing and halting progress. Explore structured strategies you can use to generate ideas, evaluate and select ideas, and make a group decision. You’ll learn to help a group meet its goals and take ownership of the process.

9/19: Session 1
10/3: Session 2
10/17: Session 3
10/31: Session 4
11/14: Session 5
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring an Environmental Health Specialist I to perform inspections and investigations in one or more areas of food safety, childcare facilities, water quality, wastewater treatment, and other related areas. Incumbents, as assigned, conduct compliance inspections; review applications, plans and designs; investigate complaints and determine areas of non-compliance; conduct sampling; and assist in epidemiological and zoonotic investigations. This position may be based out of the SJBPH Durango or Pagosa Springs offices, as preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a physical, biological, sanitary, environmental or health science and one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is sufficient to successfully perform the job. Benefits for full-time employees include 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 September 16, 2022, or when an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $20.47 to $23.76 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.
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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We are looking for professionals who want to make a meaningful difference in their communities. Some positions include hiring bonuses. If you are interested in a mission-driven healthcare job in Colorado, Axis Health System may be a great fit for you.

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