Pathways to Health

November 20, 2018


Did You Know?

Southwest Colorado Area Health Education Center
received an award at the Governor's Residence in Denver

Rusty Connor and Kathleen McInnis accepted an award for Excellence in Apprenticeship on behalf of the SW Colorado Healthcare Partnership/Alliance, convened by SW Colorado AHEC. Both parties were instrumental in bringing together educators, community stakeholders, and healthcare employers to a single table. Their primary goal was to come up with innovative solutions that would expand the healthcare workforce. When local providers brought the issue of a shortage of medical assistants to the table, they worked together to build a Group Sponsored Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program, the first in Southwest Colorado! Their first apprentice, Shelby (highlighted below) completed the program and passed the national certification exam with a 97%.

Read more about the apprentices, businesses, and organizations honored at 2018 Excellence in Apprenticeship event.

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Shelby Giddings, MA Apprenticeship completer, Meghan Higman, RN - SW Health System Education Director and Rusty Connor, DNP, RN, CNS - SWCAHEC Nursing Programs Manager.

Congratulations Shelby Giddings!

Shelby Giddings is the first graduate of the SW Colorado Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program. She is a new mom who had been working as a CNA and wanted to move up in a health-related career. Southwest Health Systems hired Shelby as a full time MA apprentice in the fall of 2017. In addition, she received financial assistance from the Colorado Workforce Center. Less than a year later, after completing the online educational component of the apprenticeship through US Careers Institute, Shelby passed her NHA (National Health Career Association) certification exam with a score of 97%, and is fully employed as a floating MA.

"I'm so thankful for the program and grateful that the SW Health and Colorado Workforce office in Cortez took a chance on me," stated Giddings.

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Free SBIRT Training & TA Available
in SW Colorado

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based early intervention practice to prevent, identify, and reduce misuse of alcohol, marijuana, prescription, and illicit drugs. SBIRT is recommended by the CDC, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American Academy of Pediatrics, SAMHSA, Veterans Administration, and others. As a program of Peer Assistance Services, Inc.(PAS), the goal of SBIRT in Colorado is to support screening as a standard of care throughout Colorado’s health and mental health care systems.

SBIRT in Colorado provides 2 to 3 hour in-person, no-cost SBIRT trainings focused on both adults and adolescents. The training is designed for healthcare and mental health professionals. The training includes: an overview of alcohol and drug use and health; screening as effective prevention; and role-play to practice motivational interviewing and brief intervention skills.

An online SBIRT training is available that can be used to supplement and enhance the in-person training. Ongoing technical assistance to all trainees. If you or your agency have interest, please contact Kevin Hughes at khughes@peerassist.org or 303-369-0039 x213. Continuing Education Credits available for Nurses and Pharmacists.

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NEW! Specialty Clinic List

November 2018 through June 2019

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Student Application Here
Timeline: There will be two application cycles.
Application deadlines are November 15, 2018 and February 15, 2019.
Questions? Contact Olivia.Jolly@ucdenver.edu


Application Cycle is Now Open! The 2019 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is now open and will close on Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Application Webinar
November 27
3:30 - 4:30 PM ET
Access Link
Dial in number: 888-324-2881 Passcode: 6006549

About the Program: Provides up to $120,000 (tax free) to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full-time for at least 3 years or part-time for 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.


Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program (ANEW)

Fiscal Year 2019 Application Due Date: January 8, 2019

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The purpose of this program is to support innovative academic-practice to educate primary care Nurse Practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse midwives (NM) prepared for the unique challenges practicing in rural and underserved communities.
HRSA expects approximately $37,250,000 to fund approximately 53 recipients. You may apply for up to $700,000 per year, of which $350,000 may be used for student traineeships. In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must request both traineeships and academic-practice program infrastructure funds.




Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

Fiscal Year 2019
Application Due Date: November 28, 2018

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. The program provides funds to accredited schools of nursing so these institutions can offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs. Upon graduation, in exchange for full-time employment as nurse faculty, the program will pay off 85 percent off the faculty member’s loans.
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New Courses Available!
See a full list of courses and links to sign up, see our online Calendar.

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New Jobs
Health Career Announcement
Tri-County Health Network a nonprofit organization working to improve health in the rural region comprised of Montrose, Ouray, Delta, and San Miguel counties, is hiring 2 field-based positions to serve our region:
  • The West End Outreach Coordinator conducts outreach to and works directly with members of the West End community, educating and enrolling individuals into relevant public benefit and social support programs and providing care coordination to Medicaid clients. The Coordinator is a full time position
  • The Community Health Worker for Telluride provide wellness screenings, education, and referrals, and works collaboratively with clients to set health-related goals and develop plans to meet those goals. She/he will also provide care coordination to Medicaid clients. The Community Health Worker is a full time position
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@tchnetwork.org with the name of the position in the subject line. Visit tchnetwork.org/jobs for full job descriptions.
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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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