Pathways to Health

January 17, 2023


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According to the 2021 Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS), about one in 10 (9%) parents/guardians struggle to access child care — largely due to cost. Learn more...

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“Planting the Seed” for Health Careers

Chelsie, Community Health Programs Associate was invited to a local elementary school to do a cooking demonstration with 3rd and 5th grade students. This demonstration provides students insight on other important roles in healthcare while using Indigenous foods to connect culture to health career.

Topics in this demonstration covered:

1.) What is a dietitian?

2.) Process of making blue corn to a mush
3.) Significance of Juniper tree ash in blue corn mush

All students participated in dishing out their own blue corn mush bowl and adding colorful berry toppings.

Free Zumba Class. Only 25 spots left. Sign up here.

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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 halfway 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

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This online series of courses will provide an in-depth understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as an evidence based approach to support health behavior change. A health care provider's skill in recognizing patients' readiness, responding effectively to both sides of the patient's ambivalence and supporting motivation for change is essential to improving health outcomes. Attendees will participate in practice exercises and participatory learning experiences, and after courses 1 and 2 will be ready to try MI in patient encounters. Access to an interactive website for follow-up networking and peer support is also included.

Featuring: Motivational Interviewing for Primary Care: Opioid Abuse/Misuse - learn MI techniques specifically designed for working with patients who misuse or abuse opioid medications.

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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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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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External Relations Strategist (Open Rank) - Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention (28570)

This position will serve as an External Relations Strategist for the southwest portion of Colorado. Counties in that region may include Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral, Hinsdale, Gunnison, Chaffee, Park, Fremont, Custer and the San Luis Valley counties. External Relations Strategists further the mission of the Consortium by supporting local and regional community partners (such as community coalitions, local public health agencies, treatment providers, law enforcement, and elected officials) under the guidance of the Consortium Director and Assistant Director. The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance, knowledge of resources, and subject matter expertise to community partners as they plan and implement local and regional interventions to address the drug overdose crisis. Apply Here
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,
Click HERE

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