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January 31, 2023


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SWCAHEC has a Motivational Interviewing Workshop coming up on Feb 17th.

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April Chavez

Public Health Training Associate

Welcome April to the SWCAHEC Team!

Hello, my name is April Chavez. I am from the Navajo Nation Tribe. I am originally from Sawmill, Arizona but I have resided in Southwest Colorado for nine years. I graduated with a BA of public health from Fort Lewis College in 2018. My passion is helping the community with their health needs, providing health education, and promoting healthy lifestyles. My hobbies includes weight lifting, crafting, hiking, and baking. I am excited to be
part of the team.

Exciting news!
This summer's Health Careers Institute is happening
June 6-9th

We have free VIRTUAL HCI Information Sessions starting in February
Tuesdays 5:30-6:00pm
Thursdays 12:00-12:30pm
Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link

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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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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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Newcomer Health

This ECHO series is designed to increase medical providers' knowledge of the resettlement and health issues of newcomers, including refugee, immigrant and migrant (RIM) populations. It will review resettlement pathways, evidence-based screening recommendations, and more common diagnoses and treatment approaches for pediatric and adult populations.

Sessions include brief didactic presentations by immigrant health experts and discussion of participant-submitted cases. Participants are highly encouraged to submit de-identified patient cases for group discussion and expert consultation.

Medical providers across the U.S. who provide care or who want to learn more about providing care for newcomers, including refugees, immigrants and migrants

Ongoing monthly ECHO sessions held virtually
Last Tuesday of the month
6:00 AM PT | 7:00 AM MT | 8:00 AM CT | 9:00 AM ET

Upcoming Sessions:
January 31: Ukrainian Health Considerations
February 28: Vaccinations
March 28: Tuberculosis

Registration is ongoing and participants can attend any sessions they wish.

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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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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

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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