Pathways to Health

Sept. 13, 2022


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September is Suicide Prevention Month & Sexual Health Awareness Month.

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The Native Women in Nutrition webinar is filling up quickly.
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Omicron boosters now available in La Plata, Archuleta counties

(September 7, 2022): The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has begun distributing supply of the COVID-19 omicron booster vaccine and doses are available in both Archuleta and La Plata counties. This vaccine was formulated to provide maximum protection against the COVID-19 omicron variant, which is the predominant strain circulating in the United States. San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) urges the community to get the omicron booster to protect themselves against infection heading into the fall and winter. Read the full press release here.
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Earn a health care credential at no cost

Through 2024, students who enroll in one of the following short-term health care certificate programs at PCC will have their tuition, fees and material costs covered by the new Care Forward Colorado program: certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, phlebotomy technician, pharmacy technician and medical assistant.
Care Forward Colorado was created to help build up the state’s health care workforce while offering Coloradans an affordable way to begin an in-demand career that pays well.
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Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals Online (Fall 2022)

09/14/2022 - 11/02/2022 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals (Lakewood, CO) -
09/21/2022 - 09/23/2022 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals (Denver, CO)
11/30/2022 - 12/02/2022 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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September is Recovery Month. View the Event Schedule Here.


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. ​
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Rheumatology in Primary Care 
Case Review

Rheumatology in Primary Care Case Review is a new, monthly, free, drop-in opportunity designed for Colorado-based primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) to discuss rheumatology topics of their choice and receive feedback from a rheumatology specialist.

This ongoing series will allow participants to share de-identified cases, including de-identified patient imaging, and ask questions for peer-to-peer and specialist consultation to support one another in patient diagnosis
and management.

Primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) and registered nurses (RN) in Colorado
Ongoing monthly ECHO sessions held virtually

Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

First session September 27

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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Allyson Felix, the most decorated track & field U.S. Olympian in history, will be the guest speaker at our 2022 Annual Luncheon “Faster, Stronger, Greater.” Felix also is recognized as an advocate of women and mothers, using her voice to bring attention to systemic inequities such as discrimination against pregnant people, Black maternal health, and access to child care.
The Annual Luncheon is back at The Colorado Convention Center.* Join us in cultivating community that is Faster, Stronger, Greater for Colorado women and their families!
*Virtual and in-person options dependent upon COVID safety guidelines at the time.

Friday, October 14
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center


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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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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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