Pathways to Health

February 5, 2019


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We would like to thank Kathleen McInnis for all her hard work and dedication as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center. You will be missed! Best of luck Kathleen in your future

My Dear Colleagues,
With a very sad heart, yet excitement for the future, I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from my position as Executive Director at Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, effective February 1, 2019. I want to thank each of you for partnering with AHEC and working with us to improve access to quality healthcare in our rural and frontier region! I have enjoyed and very much appreciated working with and learning from each of you. Building collaborations and capacity, and strengthening the healthcare workforce in this region has been and will continue to be a passion for me and I believe we have really made a difference over the past six years!
I know that the good work will continue. I leave AHEC in a strong position and in very capable hands, with the current team: Mary Dengler-Frey, Jeanette Abella, Rusty Connor, Ke Zhang, and Kerri Cardin. AHEC would not be what it is today without these amazing, dedicated people believing in our mission and striving each and every day to make a difference!
I’d also like to introduce you to the new, interim Executive Director, JoDee Powers! JoDee draws her career experiences from the public health and workforce sectors and has lived in the region, currently in Cortez, for many years. Jodee will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AHEC table- please join me in welcoming her to this new role. Feel free to reach out to her or any of the team members if you have questions.
Thank you again, for your partnership and friendship. I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.
All my Best,
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Durango Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding people and businesses at their annual Durango Rocks event. Kathleen, Ke, Mary, Rusty and Jeanette represented SWCAHEC, nominated under the Non Profit category.


New Position Available at SWCAHEC

Education Liaison

The Education Liaison manages current grants and contracts related to health career pipeline programming and continuing education for healthcare providers in SW Colorado. The Liaison, which requires an active, unencumbered RN license, utilizes evidence-based approaches to implement the SWCAHEC mission and vision: to improve healthcare delivery in rural and medically underserved areas throughout the region, advancing the quality and accessibility of health-related education and community and public health programming for students, professionals, and community members. SWCAHEC places a special emphasis on serving underserved populations and on promoting collaboration with existing health resources while filling gaps that affect the health of the community.

For full job description and to apply, click here

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Cover letter and resume should be submitted to HR@swcahec.org. Positions close when an adequate pool has been reached.
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Basic CMYK

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work are eligible for a one-year Masters of Social Work program in the Four Corners.

The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work is accepting applications for the Advanced Standing MSW program starting in the summer of 2019. Classes are taught in Durango, at the DU campus in The Commons building. Stipends in child welfare, integrated behavioral health care are available. Native American tuition support to eligible students is also available.

Call 970-247-9773 for more information.
Email wanda.ellingson@du.edu


Axis is excited to share that we're able to offer ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, in Cortez to community partners.
The training is FREE.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

The training is Thursday, February 7th and Friday, February 8th
9:00am – 4:00pm at Cortez Integrated Healthcare on 691 E. Empire Street. Space is limited, so PLEASE register as soon as possible!

Please send registrations to hleonard@axishealthsystem.org

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The "Optimal Wellness Through Nutrition:
Living an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle" workshop
will be held February 23rd 2019 from 8:50 am to 1:30 pm.
Durango Public Library, 1900 E. 3rd Avenue, Durango

This is the third of three wellness workshops made possible in part by a grant from the Colorado Cancer Coalition, Colorado Cancer Fund, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and most-recently the LPEA Round-Up Foundation. Research continually shows links between food, health, and disease. We know there are foods that may decrease our wellness, as well as foods that nourish and protect. Join us to learn how food and lifestyle choices have the capacity to fight inflammation and support overall health.
The workshop features Dr. Sarah Goodpastor, obesity and weight management physician from Mercy Internal Medicine, Susie Young, oncology certified registered dietician, and Missy Rodey, senior health advisor and former nutrition educator. The event is open to the general public, as well as cancer patients, survivors, their friends, caregivers, and health care professionals. Cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch catered by BLOOM Café.
Space is limited, so please register online at www.blueprintsofhope.org, or call 970-403-3711.
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NEW! Specialty Clinic List

January - June 2019

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AMA, Colorado Medical Society and Manatt Health Release Study of
Colorado's Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic
Spotlight analysis finds progress made on numerous fronts, recommends next steps for policymakers, insurers and physicians

The American Medical Association (AMA), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Manatt Health released a report today that shows Colorado has implemented meaningful reforms in response to the opioid epidemic though further steps are needed to save even more lives.

The Colorado spotlight analysis found that progress is being made to increase access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders, several pilot projects have improved care for patients with pain, and increased access to the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone has resulted in thousands of lives saved.

View the report

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Primary Care Training and Enhancement:
Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care Program

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Veteran Nurses in Primary Care (VNPC) Training Program

Application Due Date: March 4, 2019

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.



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Upcoming Trainings, click here

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New grant funding allows program to offer scholarships

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is excited to announce that the program has been awarded a two-year grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. This funding allows the PNTC to offer financial assistance to individuals and programs, based on need. Full or partial scholarships are available. Applicants must be from Colorado and will still be responsible for a nominal fee of $25 per day of training ($75 for a 3-day Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals) to help offset food and administrative costs.

Apply Here

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New Courses Available!
See a full list of courses and links to sign up, see our online Calendar.

Upcoming Care Coordination Trainings

Care Coordination Online Course
When: March 1-29
Cost: $250 Colorado residents/$350 out of state

Team-Based Care Coordination ECHO series
When: Tuesdays 8-9 am MT, March 5-April 9
Cost: Free

Care Coordination In Person Course
When: Feb. 11
Where: Lafayette, CO
Cost: $149 Colorado residents/$250 out of state
*Note, this course is not part of the study opportunity*
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Health Career Announcement
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The Piñon Project has a full time opening for a
Suicide Prevention Programs Coordinator/Youth Activities Leader

Responsibilities include implementing the Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Program at area schools and collaborating with suicide prevention efforts throughout our community, as well as coordinating and supervising group activities for youth ages 7-17.
We are seeking a high-energy candidate who is passionate about advocating for youth in our community and skilled at managing diverse groups of young people. Knowledgeable in use and maintenance of sports and outdoor activity equipment a plus. Ability to communicate effectively and work with a team is essential.
Some evening and weekend hours required.
A valid CO driver's license and ability to pass a background check and drug test are required.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kelly Proctor, or bring it by The Piñon Project at 210 E. Main, Cortez.

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Strategic Initiatives Coordinator – Opioid Programs

Salary range: $56,000.00 - $64,000.00 Annually
Location: Lakewood, CO
Position: Full-Time
Application closing date: 2/6/2019

The Strategic Initiatives Coordinator's Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate and facilitate implementation of provider education activities in Jefferson County.
  • Collect data from surveys and focused interviews to help inform educational activities.
  • Support and enhance the capacity of a local multidisciplinary coalition to address drug misuse, abuse and overdose prevention in Jefferson County using a collective action framework.
  • Collect and evaluate data to illustrate the scope of opioid and drug use in Jefferson County, assess service gaps, and identify opportunities to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities affected by drug use and overdose.
  • Engage and collaborate with existing coalitions, workgroups, and communities working in areas related to substance use prevention, misuse, treatment, recovery and harm reduction.
  • Collect and apply information on best practices and program models to respond to the opioid epidemic.
  • Collaborate with Syringe Services Program (SSP) staff at JCPH regarding harm reduction and overdose prevention services.

    Apply here

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Check here for Public Health Jobs in Colorado

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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