Pathways to Health

January 24, 2023


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Exciting news! We have scheduled June 6-9th
for this summer's Health Careers Institute!

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We are thrilled to report that the 2022-23 HOPE Program - Health Occupations Promoting Equity is off to a great start! With already three out of six sessions complete, Colorado high school students gained free health career exploration experience and knowledge of current and emerging health issues in the state of Colorado. Through the program, participants virtually join in monthly, live sessions where fellow Colorado Area Health Education Centers present on health topics.

In November, Front Range AHEC presented on the topic Enhancing Health Equity and Reducing Health Disparities which focus on several populations, including undocumented individuals, undocumented students, rural populations, and refugees. Participants learned to define the concept of health equity and health disparities, identify the social determinants of health, and analyze how social determinants of health contribute to health disparities. They also heard personal experiences regarding the topic from Okany Rivas and Albert Majaliwa.

Students who attend the monthly sessions can apply at the COAHEC HOPE Institute

It is a free week-long event during which students experience healthcare education first-hand on the CU Anschutz Medical Center.

We continue to invite all Colorado high school students to take advantage of these unique opportunities and to join us next month for our topic The Influence of Culture: healing Health Disparities in Native Americans presented by Southwestern Colorado AHEC.

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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.

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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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The Consortium's Provider Education Winter Lunch and Learn Series will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 12-1pm on zoom through the end of March. Our upcoming session of the series will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 12pm MT. 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are available for this session titled "Women's Path to Wellness".

To register, please click this URL or use the QR Code below:


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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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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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The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is now open!

The program offers loan repayment to registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing faculty in exchange for a two-year service commitment at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, or, for nurse faculty, an eligible school of nursing.

They pay up to 85% of unpaid nursing education debt for...

  • registered nurses (RNs);

  • advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs); and

  • nurse faculty (NF)

    Accepting applications through Thursday, February 23.

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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 a part-time Programs Technician to work in the Opioid Risk Reduction (ORR) Program. The ORR program will provide harm reduction services including opioid reversal medication, fentanyl test strips, safe injection supplies and sharps collection containers to ensure participants have access to supplies to reduce overdose deaths and the transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis. The position will work directly with program participants seeking harm reduction services, and provide outreach and education to priority populations and community partners. The position will also be responsible for providing HIV and hepatitis C testing services to participants. 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. Benefits for part time employees include Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Program and Supplemental Insurance. This position is scheduled to close February 15th, 2023, or when an adequate pool is reached. The hiring range for this position is $18.82 to $22.11 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.

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

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

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Southwest Health System, Cortez, Click HERE

Axis Health System, Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs,
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