Pathways to Health

January 8, 2019


Did You Know?

SWCAHEC was awarded $4,000 from the Telluride Foundation and $1000 from Enterprise Foundation for the 2019 Health Career's Camp.

The Summer Health Career's Camp enables 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students an opportunity to explore the many fields of the healthcare industry, engage in hands-on activities and meet professionals from a variety of health occupations. Last year 36% of students attended the camp with a scholarship and we are incredibly grateful to our sponsors who helped make this possible. Learn more...

Thank you so much for your contribution.

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Free Health Workshops Start
on January 16th for 9th, 10th
and 11th Students.

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Last Chance to Nominate a Nurse for Nightingale!

Nominations for all awards close

on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Click here

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Now Hiring New Job Positions at SWCAHEC

Executive Director

Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SWCAHEC) is seeking applications for its’ Executive Director position. SWCAHEC is a non-profit organization that strives to improve rural health in the eight southwest counties of Colorado. SWCAHEC has a strong emphasis on supporting rural primary care and community health, and on developing a pipeline of students who will eventually be our region’s health professionals. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization in a manner that supports and guides SWCAHEC’s mission.

Here is a full job description. To apply, click here.

Community Programs Manager

The Community Programs Manager (CPM) manages current grants and contracts related to entry level health careers, certificate programs and apprenticeships in SW Colorado. The CPM utilizes evidence-based approaches to implement the SWCAHEC mission: 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

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 on February 1, 2019 or when an adequate pool has been reached.
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Southwest Health System Names Karen Labonte CNO

Plano, Texas – December 19, 2018 – The Southwest Health System Board of Directors, along with Community Hospital Consulting, has named Karen Labonte, M.S.N., as Chief Nursing Officer of Southwest Health System. She officially joined the hospital leadership team on December 3, 2018.

Southwest Health System, Cortez, Colo., includes Southwest Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, and 10 primary care and specialty clinics. Southwest Health System has served the Four Corners U.S. region—where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and UTAH meet—for more than a century.

Prior to Labonte’s new role at Southwest Health System, she served for nearly seven years at Northwest Health System in Springdale, Arkansas, as their Chief Nursing Officer and more recently as their Market Chief Nursing Officer responsible for five system facilities within Norwest Arkansas.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maine in Fort Kent, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill.

CONTACT: Anne Block
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November 2018 through June 2019

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The Board of Directors of the National AHEC Organization announces the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer, Dwain Harris, MHA

Dwain Harris, MHA, has accepted the new NAO CEO position beginning Jan. 21, 2019. Harris has served as the AHEC center director of the Southern Kentucky AHEC in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky for 14 years. In that role, he has worked closely with his team in all areas of the AHEC mission, including student rotations, preceptor development, health career promotion, pipeline development, continuing education and community health initiatives. Harris responds, “The NAO leadership has done such an incredible job of advancing the AHEC network in the last few years. I am honored to join this team, and I am eager to begin work strengthening our existing partnerships while cultivating new ones.” Learn more...

Applications to host an AmeriCorps member for our Summer 2019 cohort are now being accepted!

Do you have a project that you would love to implement but lack staff capacity or other resources to do so? Do you need more boots on the ground in advancing your mission? Maybe you have a program that would benefit from an innovative and enthusiastic young leader...

Community Resource Center will be placing talented, diverse AmeriCorps members to serve in nonprofits and community based organizations across rural Colorado for service beginning in 2019. Members will either build the internal capacity of your organization through CRC's AmeriCorps VISTA program, OR deliver direct services to clients and community members through our AmeriCorps STATE program. Through serving as a rural intermediary organization, CRC is excited to offer these two "streams of service" to organizations across our state.

Applications received by January 31st will be given priority consideration.
Submit your partner site application now!

Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program Funding Opportunity

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program (ANEW)

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

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

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.



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

Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals
Join us in Arvada on Jan. 30-Feb. 1 for Health Navigation Fundamentals. Topics in this comprehensive “Level 1” training include patient communication, health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing. This course will be offered quarterly, depending on demand. Our online Level 1 course will be offered in March.

Basic Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered communication technique that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. In this interactive workshop, you will learn basic MI techniques you can use with patients to help support behavior change: open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summarizing. This one-day course will be offered Jan. 24 in Arvada.
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Health Career Announcement

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) External Relations Professional position.

This new position will function as an External Relations Professional in Southeast Colorado, supporting counties south and east of El Paso County. This position will further the mission of the Consortium by acting as an External Relations Professional of the Consortium to community partners (such as community coalitions and local public health agencies) under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director. The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance to community partners as they plan and implement local and regional interventions to address the opioid epidemic

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San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a Court Liaison/Care Coordinator. This position performs intensive case management for individuals involved in the criminal justice system and with mental health service needs in our region. The Court Liaison will work with clients, community and agency partners, mental healthcare providers and justice system representatives to assess clients create clear service care plans, promote timely access to care, and increase utilization of supportive and restorative services. Knowledge of behavioral health, community resources, and the justice system desired. A Bachelor’s degree in nursing, social work, human services, criminal justice or related field and one year of case management related experience. The wage range for this position is $19.24 to $27.90 plus benefits. Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are typically made at or near the range minimum. Position is scheduled to close 1/11/2019, or until an adequate pool is reached. To apply go to www.sjbpublichealth.org.
Tri-County Health Networka nonprofit organization working to improve health in the rural region comprised of Montrose, Ouray, Delta, and San Miguel countiesis hiring an AmeriCorps Vista to serve as a Development Specialist. The Development Specialist will play a vital role in fulfilling the organizational strategic plan and mission to reduce regional healthcare disparities and created a healthier community. The Specialist will implement and help maintain TCHNetwork’s volunteer program, manage donor relations and program development, assist with all facets of other fundraising activities, and support event planning and execution. Visit tchnetwork.org/jobs for more information.
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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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