Pathways to Health

February 21, 2023

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In mid-February, Southwestern Colorado AHEC and the Indigenous Wellbriety Program hosted a virtual session of the 2022-23 HOPE Program (https://swcahec.org/coahec-hope-program/ ). Chelsie Begoody, Dyllon Mills, Luis Ramirez, Imo Succo, MSW, and Sammy Antez Jr. co-presented the Influence of Culture: Healing Health Disparities in Native Americans. Over thirty high school students statewide participated in the session to learn about cultural humility, and how awareness about Native American culture can help improve health. The students also gained insight into how Native American culture can help reduce health disparities and substance use addiction in Southwestern Colorado, as well as gain a better understanding of the native food system. The HOPE Program is a free health career exploration experience that provides knowledge on current and emerging health issues in Colorado and continue into April.

Students who attend the monthly sessions can apply at the COAHEC HOPE Institute (https://swcahec.org/coahec-hope-program-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 topic Oral Health including Health Equity presented by Southeastern Colorado AHEC.

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The southwest Axis Engagement Services team assists with insurance enrollment (primarily Medicaid), linkage to resources, and scheduling appointments for primary care, mental health and substance use outpatient therapy, and dental care.
  • Durango Community Shelter: Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango: Tuesdays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Street Outreach in Cortez: Sih Hasin Street Outreach Team at Cortez Public Library, Tuesdays from 2-4pm.
  • Grace’s Kitchen in Cortez: Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Hope’s Kitchen in Cortez: Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Key components covered in the training:
  • How to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • Common causes of suicidal behavior
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • How to help someone in crisis

Study.com wants to help ease the financial stress of college and support students as they work toward their education goals. To do that, we're offering several Study.com Student Scholarships for students pursuing college degrees in a number of fields of study. These scholarships award $1,000 to provide some financial relief for the high cost of college. Our scholarships include:

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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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2023 Lunch and Learn Series

Registration is now open for the Consortium’s 2023 provider Lunch and Learn series. Each talk has been approved for up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Wednesday, March 8
Looking at Rural Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Differently*
JC Carrica, EdD

Wednesday, March 15
Community Drug Checking & Novel Psychoactive Substances*
Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD & Colin Miller

Wednesday, March 22
Screening Tools for Primary Care Settings*
Kevin Hughes, CAC II

Wednesday, March 29
Benzodiazepine Induced Neurological Dysfunction*
Alexis Ritvo, MD & D. Foster

Pediatric Psychiatry in Primary Care:
Core Essentials

Topics include assessment and screening, “What is Therapy," assessing and treating anxiety, ADHD and depression, assessing suicidality and more.

Prescribing primary care providers working in Colorado

Seven weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30 AM MT
March 9 - April 20
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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Quality Assurance Program Director (Health Care Program Director) for the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program (AOP). ARTS-AOP is within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and has clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. AOP clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults, including traditional/enhanced/intensive outpatient programs, as well as specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and/or gender-responsive services.

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Colorado Health Institute, an independent nonprofit based in Denver, is seeking candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer. CHI’s mission is to improve the health of all Coloradans through independent research, analysis and insight that advance sound policies and decisions.

CHI seeks a dynamic, collaborative and highly-strategic leader who brings strong financial acumen, exceptional communication skills and the ability to build talent, inspire staff and organize teams to advance key strategic priorities. Desired backgrounds and experiences within the arena of public health that will be of interest include working and collaborating with policymakers, research institutes, public sector agencies, non-profit organizations, provider organizations, consultancies and the like. The ideal candidate will bring senior-level leadership experience leading teams, working with boards, convening various constituency groups, advancing strategic partnerships and developing strategies to ensure revenue diversification and financial sustainability.

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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
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Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

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