Pathways to Health

January 10, 2023


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Chelsie Begoody, SWCAHEC's Community Programs Associate created a cookbook called Hózhó Meals: A Resource to Promote Indigenous Flavors. Chelsie is featured in an article on the Fort Lewis College website called


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Medicine Wheel 12 Step Talking Circles

Starting January 5, 2023, we will be holding Medicine Wheel 12 Step Talking Circles, this curriculum covers the Medicine Wheel and 12 Steps of Wellbriety using White Bison material. We will provide online accessibility and please be prepared to hold space for yourself and others.

Online Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/zjb-cwqs-ahh

Online Participation Agreement: https://forms.gle/gMijK1foURqvn4uS6
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Mending Wounded Hearts Talking Circles

We are currently holding Mending Wounded Hearts Talking Circles, this curriculum covers grief, trauma and unresolved relationships. We are about half-way into the curriculum. We are now online and please be prepared to hold space for yourself and others.

Zoom Meeting Link: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/94784129402

Online Participation Agreement: https://forms.gle/gMijK1foURqvn4uS6
Watch the Alaskan Native Nurse Panel, featuring Theresa Williams, intern of Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center as the moderator, and the following members of the panel: Tiffany Bennett, RN; Chelsea Ryan, BSN; Sara Fox, RN, BSN; and Scharell Anderson, RN.

This panel is a first in a series funded in part by the Telligen Community Initiative.

If you missed the live stream, you can access the panel by filling out the following form --https://formstack.io/2A3EA. The link to the video will be sent to your email address. THANK YOU!
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Patient Navigator and Community Health Worker Training Courses

Level 1 Health Navigation Fundamentals Online Winter 2023:
Join us online for our most popular course, Health Navigation Fundamentals!
Topics in this comprehensive “Level 1” training include patient communication, health promotion and professional conduct.
Don‘t miss this opportunity to network with other navigators!

Dates: January 11 – March 1, 2023
Live Learning Sessions will be held Wednesdays from 11 am-noon Mountain Time
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Level 2: Care Coordination Online
This course focuses on the role of the health navigator in team-based care coordination. In this course, we will explore care coordination and related concepts, including their application to practice and commonly encountered challenges.

This course is designed for care coordinators, case managers, patient navigators, health navigators and others who want to provide high quality, coordinated care to their clients.
Dates: January 19-February 16, 2023
Live Learning sessions: 10-11:30 AM Mountain Time on Thursdays
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The goal of the SAPST is to develop the basic knowledge and skills needed by substance misuse prevention practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate effective, data-driven programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. The SAPST is intended as an introductory level course; throughout the course of their careers, prevention practitioners will need additional and more advanced workforce development opportunities beyond the SAPST.
Date: 1/17/2023 - 1/19/2023
When: 9:00 am -5:00 PM MT


Even before COVID-19, one in seven Colorado high school students said they had seriously considered suicide within the past 12 months. Primary care interventions can have a dramatic positive impact on this pediatric mental health crisis. This ECHO series will support primary care providers in the outpatient setting by offering a practical suicide prevention care pathway based on the Zero Suicide framework. The five sessions will cover the implementation of an evidence-based screening tool, assessment, safety planning, lethal means safety, referral/resources and ongoing management follow up plan to support youth experiencing suicidal ideation.

Medical providers, nurses, and behavioral health providers (MD, DO, NP, PA, MA, LPN, RN, LCSW, LPC, PsyD, PhD) working with youth in an outpatient primary care setting and providing direct patient care.

Five weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT
January 24 - February 21
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Flashlights Spring 2023
Date: 1/24/2023 – 3/28/2023

When: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM MT
Racism has been declared a public health crisis and is a key obstacle to reducing health inequity. Flashlights, our anti-racism project, was intentionally designed for people who identify as white to “do the work.” We offer less "what to do about racism?" and more "what it looks like to do it." We create a learning environment that invites authentic expression and bypasses a one-and-done, informational approach.

Each Live Learning Session on Zoom offers 60 minutes of facilitated practice of conversations about race. Flashlights holds up a mirror to show the culture white people inhabit, and what could be if we showed up as alternative voices willing to talk and act regarding racism.
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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring an Environmental Health Specialist III to serve as the lead staff for outdoor and indoor air quality programs. This position will develop and implement an exciting, innovative set of new programming in air quality monitoring and messaging; environmental health emergency preparedness; and indoor air quality assessment, planning, and partnership development as part of an interdisciplinary team. Strong technological, oral and written communication, and organizational skills will be critical to success. Subject matter background in air quality is essential, though training in specific techniques and equipment will be offered. A Bachelor’s degree in a physical, biological, sanitary, or environmental science as well as five years of related experience and one year as an Environmental Health Specialist II or equivalent is required 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 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 January 20, 2023, or when an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $26.09 to $31.31 an hour. The full wage range is included on the job description. To view the complete job description and/or apply go to www.sjbpublichealth.org.

Job Opportunities

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.

Axis offers competitive salaries and a great benefits package. For instance, we have a 401(k) plan, health insurance, health savings account, dependent care account, wellness benefit, holidays and more. Some of our health care jobs are approved for loan-repayment programs. Learn more at National Health Service Corp and the Colorado Health Service Corp.
Click here to read the full job postings.
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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,
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