Pathways to Health

March 5, 2019


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Thank you to Ke Zhang and Rusty Connor for your service to SWCAHEC. You will be missed greatly and we wish you the best in your future endeavors!


A Big Welcome to SWCAHEC's Newest Staff Members


JoDee Powers - Interim Executive Director

JoDee Powers has worked in the private and non-profit sector for more than 25 years providing leadership in community outreach and mobilization, organizational development and management, and growing organizations to maturity. She has a strong background in education and believes that increased awareness and knowledge is the foundation of finding creative solutions to local problems.


Christina Crain - Community Program Manager
As the Community Program Manager, Christina manages grants and contracts related to health careers, certificate programs and apprenticeships in Southwest Colorado. She grew up in Pagosa Springs and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Durango community and helping improve rural healthcare in the eight county region.


Heather Sorensen, RN, MSN - Education Liaison
Heather has a background in community health, social service and public health nursing in both rural and urban settings. As the Education Liaison, she coordinates the AHEC Scholars Program, housing for student clinical rotations, and pipeline programs for health professionals and high school students including the summer Health Careers Camp.

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The 2019 Nightingale Gala event has been rescheduled for Spring of 2020. SWCAHEC is looking forward to hosting a celebratory event and working with partners and sponsors to create an evening to remember.

Nightingale Luminary and STAR award nominees, and the Pueblo Community Scholarship recipient for 2019 will be honored at a send off luncheon in May.


Congratulations to our Nightingale Luminary and STAR Award nominees!

Nightingale Nominees

Kathleen McInnis - Innovation
Amanda Gilliland - Advocacy

Emily McGough - Innovation

SHINING STAR Award Nominee

Stacy Wacker

We are so proud of all of our nominees and look forward to recognizing everyone at our special luncheon.

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AXIS is offering ASIST Training:

Axis will be hosting a 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on March 7th and 8th (9:00am – 4:00pm) at Archuleta Integrated Healthcare in Pagosa. Space is limited, please contact Shelley Millsap to register smillsap@axishealthsystem.org

Training: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality trainings on suicide prevention: in Greeley on April 16, in Grand Junction on June 6, and in Pueblo on July 30, 2019

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*Earn higher wages! *Increase your caregiver skills!

*Work full time or part time! *Make a Difference in the Lives of Others!

Comfort Keepers is pleased to announce the formation of Durango's first and only professional training program specifically designed for personal care aides. The Caregiver Learning Academy was created to provide comprehensive caregiver education to the communities of Southwest Colorado and those considering a career in Professional Caregiving. Many thanks to the AAUW for providing grant funding to allow individuals to complete the program at NO COST. To learn more and earn your Caregiver Certificate call 970-335-8885 or visit www.caregiverlearningacademy.com.
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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

Click here

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Visit the Virtual Job Fair Website for more information about the event.
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Request for Qualifications:
Health Equity Data Project Manager

The Colorado Trust is seeking responses to a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a Project Manager for the pilot phase of the Health Equity Data & Storytelling Platform Project. This project is a statewide web-based platform, uniquely complemented with human-center technical assistance, that would bring to life stories of residents in communities experiencing inequities, provide compelling data to contextualize and describe those experiences, and serve as a vehicle for sharing examples of progress and innovation that could inspire change.
The project manager will be responsible for all project management and oversight as detailed in the RFQ, and will take a key stewardship role in helping to ensure the community engagement and ownership of the platform. Please click here to download the full RFQ for more details. Applications are due by 12 p.m. MST on March 13, 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.

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Upcoming Care Coordination Trainings

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

Level 1: Health Navigation Fundamentals
Topics in this comprehensive "Level 1" training include patient navigation history and role, patient communication, health promotion and professional conduct.
When: April 16-18
Where: Aurora, CO
Cost: $500 Colorado residents/$750 out of state

Health Navigation Fundamentals Online Course
When: April 1-May 24
Cost: $550



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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The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program supports registered nurses
(RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and nurse faculty by
paying up to 85 percent of their unpaid nursing education debt.

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Save the Date

CHCO will be offering a nursing education session on Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology/Transplant patients on Thursday, May 2nd.

Hematology Oncology Transplant
MAY 2, 2019
8:15am -3:00pm
Children's Hospital Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus | 13123 E. 16th Ave | Aurora, CO 80045

This Education event is designed to enhance the nurse's knowledge of
Hem/Onc/BMT patients regarding current trends, innovation, treatment,
and training in pediatric hematology, oncology, and transplant.
Participants will be able to share resources and practice updates with
team members and families.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit will be provided.

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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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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.

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Health Career Announcement
Axis Health System (AHS) is offering sign-on bonuses and hiring three behavioral healthcare providers for Cortez Integrated Healthcare in Montezuma County.

Therapist-Adult - Full-Time
Participates as a member of the program team to design and implement the individual care plans for program clients in accordance with policies, rules, regulations, and directives which apply. Utilizes DBT skills in addition to a variety of treatment approaches to work with a diverse client population.

Dual Diagnosis Therapist (LCWS or LPC with CAC III) - Full Time
Provides individual and group services as assigned to clients in compliance with state regulations as outlined in the DBH (Substance Abuse and Mental Health) regulations as well as liaison work with courts, clinical reports and case management.

Child and Adolescent Therapist (LPC, LMFT, LCSW)-Full-Time.
Participates as a member of the program team to design and implement the individual care plans for program clients in accordance with policies, rules, regulations, and directives which apply. Utilizes a variety of treatment approaches and case coordination to work with a diverse client population.

Interested candidates may also call and have an informal conversation with a member of our clinical team before the application process. Contact Jennifer Bearden at 970.335.2236 or visit their website.
San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring a part time Medical Provider for our Sexual Health Clinic. The provider provides primary healthcare in the areas of reproductive health, including initiation and maintenance of contraceptive methods, breast and cervical cancer screening and sexually transmitted infections. Applicant must be a current Advanced Practice Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, or Medical Doctor. The wage range for this position is $38.13 to $57.17 an hour. Although the full salary range for this position is provided, appointments are typically made at or near the range minimum. This position is scheduled to close 3/15/19, or until an adequate pool is reached. To apply go to www.sjbpublichealth.org.
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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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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