Pathways to Health

February 19, 2019


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Care Coordination is recognized for slowing the rise of chronic disease, which is forecasted to account for 66.7% of all deaths by 2020. Learn more...

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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

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NEW! Specialty Clinic List

January - June 2019

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Perhaps the shiniest pearl of conventional wisdom in health economics is that patients with private insurance pay more at the hospital to make up for discounted or free care provided to people with public insurance or no insurance at all. Advocates used this theory of the "cost shift" to push for Medicaid expansion nationally and in Colorado over the past decade.
Now a draft report from Colorado's Medicaid agency makes a stunning claim: The cost shift is a myth. Today, the Colorado Health Institute examines that report in a new policy brief. Click here for the report.


The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently released an issue brief discussing the use of evidence-based programs to reduce chronic pain.

Highlights from the issue brief:
  • Thirty percent of Medicare Part D beneficiaries had an opioid prescription in 2016.
  • Of those older adults prescribed opioids, 500,000 were prescribed high amounts of opioids.
  • 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries were at a high risk of opioid addiction due to high prescriptions of opioids.
  • Older adults are at an increased risk for opioid overuse and misuse due to having more prescriptions and utilizing more over the counter medications.
  • The 65 and older population are also at a higher risk for medication related side effects from opioids including dizziness, confusion and respiratory depression. Due to these side effects, those who take opioids are at a higher risk of falling than those that take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin.
  • Between the year 2000 and 2015 there was a 640% rise in opioid related deaths for those between the ages of 55 and 74, demonstrating a rise in suicidal thoughts for individuals on opioids.
  • Opioid use can also lead to illegal drug use, with eighty percent of heroin users in the U.S. indicating they first misused prescription medications.
For more information, you can access the NCOA issue brief here.
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


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



AUDIENCE: Clinicians interested in precepting

CME AVAILABLE: This series will be reviewed and acceptable for up to 5.0 credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Five weekly ECHO sessions held
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 AM MST
March 6 - April 3, 2019


The American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF) announces the availability of funds through our Community Health Program. AMAF seeks to financially support innovative programs targeting the prevention and reduction of type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Grant funding will support community-based organizations such as free health clinics that provide services to vulnerable and underserved populations. Deadline for applications - Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.*
Apply Here

The AMA Foundation aims to increase health equity and improve health outcomes among vulnerable populations utilizing evidence-based models of care. Committed to fostering focused and measurable health improvements, Community Health Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $60K and are renewable for up to three years.

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is pleased to invite you to participate in the next iteration of the
Colorado ALTO Project training: the ECHO ALTO Series.

CHA, in partnership with ECHO Colorado, is providing emergency departments the opportunity to obtain the valuable information that was provided during the Colorado ALTO Project in-person trainings via a convenient virtual training platform.

This four-part training series will begin on March 13, 2019 and will be continued on consecutive Wednesdays from 12-1 in the afternoon.

Click here to register and to learn more about the ECHO ALTO Series.

For questions, or more information please contact
Diane Rossi MacKay at Diane.RossiMacKay@cha.com.

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Naloxone saves lives. Help us spread the word.

Has naloxone saved your life? Have you saved a life using naloxone? Has naloxone saved someone you love or know from an opioid overdose?

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention would love to hear your story. The Consortium is collecting stories from overdose survivors and those who've used naloxone to save a life for an upcoming public awareness campaign to educate more Coloradans about naloxone.


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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: March 5-April 9 - Tuesdays 8-9 am MT
Cost: Free
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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—has 2 open positions in our Behavioral Health Program area:
  • Bilingual Teletherapist (Contract): We are searching for multiple vilingual (Spanish/English) behavioral health therapists to provide high quality, compassionate and ethical outpatient mental health therapy to adults and to school-aged clients in rural communities in Southwest Colorado using tele-health technology. Therapists, operating as independent contractors, will treat clients via live HIPAA compliant videoconferencing, using the same techniques and approaches as traditional in-person therapy. The position offers a flexible schedule and you can work from anywhere!
  • Behavioral Health Program Coordinator (Full-Time): The Behavioral Health Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the behavioral health programs administered by Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork). The Coordinator will support the education and outreach efforts of TCHNetwork related to mental health and wellness, including supporting community and youth coalitions, delivering evidence-based educational programs, and conducting outreach activities and presentations.
For more information, visit tchnetwork.org/jobs. To apply, email your cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to info@tchnetwork.org

The Colorado Trust is hiring a Regional Associate

The Community Partnerships regional associate (RA) supports the regional community partner (CP) to facilitate a strong community partnership process across the multi-county region.

While The Trust is headquartered in Denver, the RA will reside within the boundaries of Region 4 and work out of Delta, Mesa or Montrose counties in southwest Colorado. The RA will be expected to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation, integrity and accountability. This position requires travel approximately 50 percent of the time or more across the region, as well as evening and weekend work when necessary.

Apply Here

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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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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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