Pathways to Health

March 26, 2019


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Registration is now open for the Health Career’s Camp
June 9-14th, 2019.

Students have the opportunity to explore the healthcare industry, engage in hands-on activities and meet professionals from
a variety of health occupations.

Register Here


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See what's happening with the Sector Partners Alliance

The Southwest Colorado Healthcare Sector Partners Alliance (SPA) brings together healthcare industry leaders and community partners at a single table to address multiple issues encompassing our local communities. On March 13, 2019, the quarterly call focused on our statewide Opioid crisis.The three expert speakers included: Dr. Dan Caplin with Colorado Addiction Treatment Services located in Durango, CO; Paul Gibson; Director of Emergency Operations at Mercy Regional Medical Center and Dr. Robert Valuck with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.

For more information and/or become a member of the Partnership, contact Christina Crain at christina.crain@swcahec.org. The next quarterly call is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
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9Health Fair is returning to Durango on April 13th from 7am to 11am at Escalante Middle School (141 Baker Lane, Durango).
Professional and affordable Health Screenings.
Please register on line @
www.9HealthFair.org or
call for more information 1-800-332-3078.

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AXIS is offering ASIST Training:

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


*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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NEW! Specialty Clinic List

January - June 2019

Click here

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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 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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Upcoming Spring Courses
Health Navigation Fundamentals Online Course

When: April 1-May 24
Cost: $550

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


Topic: Finding the Balance Between Medication Benefits and Burdens: Implementing Appropriate and Safe Prescribing

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

Register Here

Audience: Open to QIN-QIOs, providers, partners, and beneficiaries!

Call Summary:
This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event will feature speakers on the CDC’s Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) initiative, a QIN-QIO’s de-escalation algorithm for discontinuing medication when burdens outweigh the benefits, and a patient advocate who will share his story on safe medication use. Topics will include approaches to safe prescribing and medication discontinuation practices and a patient perspective on the importance of safe and effective medication management. This event will address various approaches and resources available to you or your patients. Join us in the conversation and invite your patients and their families for an informative session!
CE Statement:
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. This activity is eligible for ACPE, ANCC, AANP, and CDR credit; see final CPE/CE activity announcement for specific details.

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.


Funding Opportunities

  • Full-Service Community Schools Program Funding to establish or expand full-service community schools, which are designed to improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, with a priority given to high poverty rural schools. Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 18, 2019. Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019.
  • Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program Grants to support rural primary care providers with the planning and implementation of quality improvement activities. Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019.
  • Newman's Own Awards Grants for organizations working to improve quality of life for military members and their families, including programs for job training, housing, caregiver support, and mental health. Application Deadline: Apr 25, 2019.
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Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, and KFF Team Up to Bring More Health Journalism to Colorado

Thanks to a new long-term partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation and The Colorado Trust, KFF will hire a Colorado-based KHN reporter and recruit a team of freelance journalists throughout the state to bring the same high-quality health journalism to Colorado and the surrounding region that KHN produces nationally. This partnership will also share important stories from Colorado and the region with the nation. KHN stories produced from the region will be made freely available for publication by media outlets throughout Colorado, the mountain states, and the country, and will be published on khn.org and distributed through KHN’s social media platforms.
To learn more about the partnership, read the press release.


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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

Colorado Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Location: Denver, Colorado
Status: Full-Time
Program Area: Kaiser Health News

KFF (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) the non-profit health policy analysis, polling and journalism organization, is seeking a Colorado-based correspondent to join the staff of Kaiser Health News (KHN), its editorially independent newsroom distributing in-depth coverage of health issues across the country. While Kaiser Health News (KHN) has a vibrant and ambitious staff based primarily in Washington, D.C., and California, we are expanding our team to increase coverage of health issues in important parts of the country like Colorado.
We are seeking a Denver-based reporter with a strong interest in health and health policy to produce stories on state and regional struggles over health care for both local and national audiences. We want scoops; we want analyses; we want lively people-centric features. We want you to help infuse our coverage with rapid-fire reporting and thoughtful writing on the big issues affecting people in Colorado and the surrounding region.

Apply here

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.
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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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