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June 19, 2018

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The 416 Fire is on everybody's mind. Our community is in crisis.

Everyone's experience will be different. There are so many people working behind the scenes to make sure all of our neighbors are cared for. This week I participated in a collaborative effort with community leaders to cross pollinate resources, staff and expertise to support local businesses as well as individuals out of work due to the 416 Fire. The takeaway from the meeting was ... Who needs help? Who wants to help?

First, how do we help the firefighters? We appreciate the firefighters who are risking their lives to keep us safe and we want to say thank you. However, the firefighters are supported by Federal and State funds and, at this point, have all their needs covered. They do, however; appreciate community love. Say thank you if you see firefighters in town, create a sign to hang in front of your local business, get a group of friends to make signs and stand on a corner of a busy intersection during peak drive time to show your appreciation.

Be assured if the firefighters do need something, they will ask and we, as a community, will rally.

Next we talked about the people who no longer have a job – our neighbors, people we see every week at City Market or the dog park. How do we help those hourly wage workers at Purgatory, Rapp Corral, the Brown Bear Café in Silverton and many other local businesses? Many of these people are already strapped because seasonal work was light this winter with less-than-average snowfall. There is little to no help from the Federal or State agencies for individuals.

If you want to help, the Community Foundation is currently accepting donations for the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF). This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in SW Colorado. Our Advisory Committee is working with government agencies and local businesses to develop a strategy for vetting the needs and distributing the funds we raise. Our efforts will support local people and efforts related to the 416 Fire. Phase 1 is to raise $500,000 which will help 500-750 people in La Plata and San Juan counties with bridge funding immediate expenses for food, transportation and shelter.

The next area of focus for our collaborative is our local businesses. They need our support. Even as DATO (Durango Area Tourism Organization) scrambles to get the word out that Durango is open for business and we have a lot to offer visitors, we are hearing about the softening of our summer season. More now than ever, shop, dine and support local businesses.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is setting up a Disaster Assistance Center at Escalante for businesses and individuals. DOLA will set up job referral services, insurance claim experts, housing options and mental health resources available from local agencies.
This collaborative is working on a website with resources and ways to make connections between what people need and what people can give.

It's time to make a move. Support your neighbors. If you need help, ask. If you want to help, give.

To donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund, send a check to The Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302 or donate online at www.swcommunityfoundation.org.

In gratitude,
Briggen Wrinkle
Executive Director, Community Foundation serving SW Colorado
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Blueprints of Hope presents Lifting the Fog-Navigating the Impact of Cancer Treatments on Memory, Thinking and Attention
(as part of our 2018 Cancer Wellness Workshop Series)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9-1pm at in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango.

We will be hosting three guest speakers, each discussing the cognitive effects of cancer treatments and what survivors can do to improve their cognition. Survivors and caregivers are invited to attend.
Please register for this free event online @ BlueprintsOfHope.org
or call 970.403.3711
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July 11, 2018 - August 29, 2018

AUDIENCE: Colorado perinatal providers and support personnel working in the medical setting (MDs/DOs, PAs, NPs, RNs, Social Workers, Care Coordinators)



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Southwest Women’s Health Associates (SWHA) is a great, established practice, seeking an RN or LPN 3-4 days a week. We provide excellent and comprehensive GYN and primary care services in a cohesive, team based environment.
The position includes all aspects of facilitating patient care for women, including:
  • Direct patient care
  • Phone communication and triage
  • Recording and documenting patient encounters in an electronic health record
  • Scheduling and coordinating patient care
  • Patient encounter data input, occasional check in and check out
  • Facilitating patient care referrals
Benefit package including holiday and vacation pay and defined health expense reimbursement is available at 32 hours a week. Simple Plan retirement is offered to all employees. Please submit resume, current Colorado nursing license, 3 professional references and a letter of interest, in person to SWHA, 575 Rivergate Lane #210, Durango, CO or by fax 970-259-8837.
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The City of Durango is in need of volunteers to help with phone calls. Please email volunteer@lpcsar.com and include your name, phone number, availability and email address.
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Client Services Manager (CSM) at Comfort Keepers:

The CSM works under the general supervision of the General Manager or Owner. The primary emphasis of this role is on providing leadership to employees and ensuring a high standard of excellence and client satisfaction. This position is responsible for the smooth operation of our local offices in Southwest Colorado. Functions will range from performing human resources tasks to managing customer relationships. The role includes responsibility for client intake including handling prospective client inquiries and in-home visits. Works closely with community entities as needed and supports Comfort Keeper community relations personnel. Contact Erin Youngblood, msw, CEO, Jadely Consulting - 970-799-4686
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Tribal Liaison for Behavioral Health

The position will represent the Office of Behavioral Health on interagency efforts aimed at improving the health and wellness of American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. This will assure that the efforts of OBH to improve access and effectiveness of behavioral health services for this population are aligned with that of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and their Regional Accountable Entities (RAEs), as well as the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs. This position will be knowledgeable about the two tribes in Colorado, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and will offer liaison services between the Indian Health Medical Centers in Towaoc and Ignacio and the Tribal Health Medical Center in Denver and the behavioral health providers delivering care to shared members. This person will manage communications, provider training, cross-departmental coordination, and policy support for tribal affairs related to the public behavioral health system.

Primary location: (Denver, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, Dolores, San Miguel, Archuleta, Mineral, Hinsdale, Ouray, or remote locations in Colorado will be considered to better serve the needs of this population)

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A pediatric medical home practice whose mission is to provide every child excellent, comprehensive, and informed healthcare is searching for a Full Time LPN or MA to join our skilled and professional team. Our nursing staff is responsible for professional communication and collaboration with other health care team members to ensure the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Responsibilities included but are not limited to; collection of patient health data, procedures, phlebotomy, processing of lab specimens, health screenings such as vision and hearing, and telephone triage. We are ever expanding our Telemedicine and Specialty clinics, offering new and exciting opportunities to our nursing staff. If you are a committed team player interested in joining a multifaceted integrated care medical practice, please send your resume to aharrison@ppswdurango.com.

Healthcare Job Opportunities in SW Colorado

Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Click HERE

Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Pagosa Springs, Click HERE

Southwest Memorial Hospital, Cortez, Click HERE

Axis Health System, Durango, Cortez, Pagosa Springs,
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