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Funding opportunity: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the release of the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Request for Applications (RFA #6342).

This five-year RFA is a combined effort of cancer prevention programs at the CDPHE to promote and improve prevention and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer among underserved Coloradans. The following programs have joined together to coordinate efforts across various cancer types and strategies:

  • Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC)
  • Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)
  • Comprehensive Cancer Program (CCP)

This funding opportunity incorporates many of the services previously provided through the Women’s Wellness Connection Clinical Services, Targeted Outreach and Care Coordination grants, and the Clinic Quality Improvement for Population Health Initiative. All eligible organizations are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

The application deadline is July 17, 2017, at noon MT. To download application materials and view more information on the application process,including eligibility to apply, please visit

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Health Literacy Networking Event – June 26

Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Networking Event
Monday – June 26, 2017 – 6-8 pm
Stem Ciders – 2811 Walnut St #150, Denver, CO 80205

Register Here
Join us at Stem Ciders from 6-8 pm for conversation, cider, and kombucha (non-alcoholic). The fine folks at the cidery are offering attendees $1 off per cider.
Stem Ciders
2811 Walnut St #150, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 443-3007
Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition

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Denver Housing Authority hiring Patient Navigator

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) seeks a Patient Navigator to provide health care systems navigation for DHA residents seeking health care. Duties include designing and implementing health related programs, guiding residents through the health care system, helping residents to complete their insurance paperwork, assisting residents in obtaining financial help for their medical services, directing residents to their health care services for further diagnosis and treatment, identifying local resources and support, and keeping track of and helping residents get to their appointments.

This position pays $18.00/hr. with limited benefits.

Requires a four (4) year degree in social work, sociology, psychology, Human Services or related field, one (1) year experience in community involvement/organizing work, and experience working as a Community Health Worker or Patient Navigator.

Experience with low income, culturally diverse populations is required as well as experience in writing grant applications, grant monitoring, reporting and/or evaluation. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirement. A valid Colorado driver license and an acceptable driving record as outlined by DHA’s personnel policy are also required. Must have a working vehicle.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply in person between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., fax your resume to (720) 932-3005 or email to

Applications are available at (printing only). Applications and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications filed previously will not apply to this posting; a new one must be submitted. Please specify the position for which you are applying. No phone calls please.

777 Grant Street, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80203


Source: DHA

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Registration open for August Level 1s

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative has two Level 1 courses scheduled for August! We are coming to Salida, CO, for the first time, and we have just scheduled a Denver metro Level 1 in Arvada.

Patient Navigator Fundamentals is a hybrid course designed to improve basic patient navigation skills. This comprehensive course is introductory “Level 1” training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.

Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Salida, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 8-10
Location: Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 County Road 120, Salida
Register Here

Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Arvada, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 22-24
Location: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada
Register Here

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Faces of Patient Navigation: Paige’s Story

This profile was written by Alejandra Armenta, PNTC intern and public health/ethnic studies student at CU-Denver.

Denver Health is always searching for people passionate about helping others, and they have certainly found this in Paige Jackson. Jackson is a LGBTQ Patient Navigator at Denver Health, which is Colorado’s primary safety net hospital.

Jackson makes a difference in people’s lives every day, dedicating her time to helping members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities feel safe, confident, and secure when going to the doctor’s office.

Jackson spends many hours helping patients; she begins her day by checking her phone calls and emails.

“I am pretty busy with the phone. I get calls from people from out-of-state, and from people who are moving to Denver, who are in the LGBTQ community and they want to make sure they have a health care plan when they come to Denver,” she said.

When Jackson meets a new patient, she greets them with a caring smile and genuine questions. Jackson asks the patient their preferred pronoun and name. She assures the patient that the doctor they are seeing is familiar with LGBTQ patients, and this helps new patients feel safe and comfortable.

It is often difficult for Jackson’s clients to access health care treatment because of discrimination and fear. Many LGBTQ patients have had bad experiences with their provider that left them feeling ashamed and embarrassed, Jackson said.

“I think becoming a patient navigator is the most important thing I ever done in my entire life, and most emotionally rewarding.”

Jackson has a unique and beneficial perspective since she herself transitioned genders from male to female. She had two experiences with the health care system that inspired her to become a patient navigator for the LGBTQ community.

In 2014, Jackson had an emergency appendectomy procedure. She describes this experience as a painful, uncomfortable, and very unwelcoming.

“The medical treatment was great but the disrespect was amazing. I thought I was a pretty tough individual, but it was devastating,” she said. “I didn’t want to go back for my follow up visit, and I didn’t go back. It was an emotionally painful experience, and I felt like a medical record.”

Six months later, Jackson was involved in a car accident, and the paramedics took her to another hospital. Jackson had a completely different experience; she felt welcomed and respected.

“They used feminine pronouns…When they called ahead to the emergency room, they described me as female, and when I arrived to the emergency room my bracelet had female on it,” she said. “I walked out of there happy. It was a great experience. I felt like they cared for me, and I didn’t really feel like they cared about me at the other hospital, I felt like I was treated like a medical record.”

Jackson told her friend about her experiences and her friend encouraged her apply for the position as a Patient Navigator at Denver Health. This was a career shift for her; she spent most of her career at the U.S Department of Labor, where she was a trial lawyer and then a deputy director at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

When new patients contact Jackson by phone or email, she attempts to win their trust and confidence right from the start. She truly cares about every LGBTQ patient. According to Jackson, empathy is the key to being a great navigator, and she has a lot of empathy for every family in the LGBTQ community.

The most difficult part of Jackson’s job is maintaining boundaries with patients, because patients sometimes get her confused with a social worker.

She said, “My job is to get them inside the doctor’s office, and find a doctor they feel comfortable seeing.”

Jackson gets upset and frustrated when working with patients who miss their appointments or relapse because they leave treatment, and do not show up again.

“It is very disappointing, it’s hard,” she said. “I still have problems when I can’t get a patient to see a doctor.”

Jackson takes advantage of the experiences and knowledge she has gained during her life to show compassion for her patients’ experiences. As a result, she is able to take a broad perspective on situations and make them positive for patients. Jackson keeps hoping that her kindness and willingness to help others will give patients the confidence and trust to access the health care they need. She plans to stay at Denver Health and keep helping people.

 “I think becoming a patient navigator is the most important thing I ever done in my entire life, and most emotionally rewarding,” she said.

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Patient navigators invited to attend statewide meeting on colorectal cancer prevention strategies

CCSP Statewide Meeting: Featuring An Afternoon with the Colorado Cancer Coalition and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

The Colorado Cancer Coalition and The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program are hosting a day featuring prevention strategies. The role and impact on CRC preventive screening navigation will be the cornerstone of this discussion; we will also discuss the impact of the 80% by 2018 campaign with Mary Doroshenk of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable attending!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 27, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm with a reception to follow
Location: DoubleTree Hilton, 4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO
Cost: Free

Register here


  • Morning Session (7:30am – 10:00am): State of the Science in Colorectal Screening and Colorado Statistics
  • Mid Day Session (10:00am – 1:45pm): Skill Building for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation
  • Afternoon Session (2:00pm – 5:00pm): NCCRT Updates on 80% by 2018 and The Colorado Cancer Coalition

Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of the day!

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Native Patient Navigator Training scheduled for June 14-16 in Denver

Native Patient Navigator Training: Communication and Outreach
Date: June 14-16, 2017 (Registration Deadline: May 14)
Location: Denver, CO
Cost: $550 plus lodging/travel expenses
Click here for registration form

The Native American Cancer Research Corporation is offering quarterly patient navigation training. The focus of the June training is on communication and outreach. This training focuses on motivational interviewing, team work and collaboration, confidentiality and privacy and professionalism. Each topic area will include participant activities or practical exercises.

The registration fee is $550 per participant. There are a limited travel scholarships for each training. Please request the partial scholarship when submitting the registration form. Email registration forms to or All participants need to support their own travel and lodging expenses.

Mail payments to: Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), 3022 South Nova Road, Pine, CO 80470-7830 by May 14th.


  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm; Day 1: Motivational interviewing, advocating on behalf of the patient and assisting the patient in identifying concerns and questions to share with the health care team. 6 hours of credit
  • Thursday, June 15, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm; Day 2: Motivational Interviewing, handling conflict (patients, family members and other members of the healthcare team; outreach strategies, exhibits during events. 7 hours of credit
  • Friday, June 16, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm; Day 3: literacy, effective message components, creating effective informational products (brochures, pamphlets). 4 hours of credit

Patient navigation is a patient-centric healthcare service delivery model. It is a patient-centric concept that concentrates on the movement of patients along the continuum of medical care.

Email with any questions.

Source:  Native American Cancer Research Corporation

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Youth Mental Health First Aid – training opportunities

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage,or CPR, or calling 911. Sometimes it is you.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Denver Human Services is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops on the following Saturdays in May: May 6, May 13, and May 20. These workshops are offered at no cost.
Location: Denver Housing Authority, 1089 Osage Street, Denver
Time:  8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Source: Denver Housing Authority


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National Minority Health Month 2017 highlights community-level efforts to help end health disparities

On April 1, 2017, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will launch the annual observance of National Minority Health Month. The theme this year, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity.

During National Minority Health Month 2017, the HHS OMH will highlight partner initiatives in communities that address the indirect conditions that affect health, also known as social determinants of health. The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn, and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families, and their communities.

As part of the 2017 observance, HHS OMH will host a #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 1:00 PM EDT on April 12 that will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities. Organizations can also support efforts to help reduce health disparities by participating in the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on April 28.

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations—or the differences in health, health care and well-being—have a detrimental effect on our nation and our communities. In the United States, it has been estimated that the combined cost of health disparities and subsequent deaths among racial and ethnic minorities due to inadequate and/or inequitable care is $1.24 trillion. Healthier communities mean lower health care costs, which translate into a stronger economy and a more productive, competitive America.

HHS OMH grantees, federal agencies, and other partners are driving the community-level efforts to close the gap on disparities in health and health care. Innovative programs and initiatives, combined with an understanding of the social determinants of health that impact the health of local communities, are moving our country toward being a nation free from disparities in health and health care.

The HHS OMH is the lead agency for improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. Achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care requires a focus on equity in all policies as a means of addressing the social determinants of health. Through the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, the HHS OMH helps implement cross-sectoral efforts that are crucial for the health of our increasingly diverse nation.

Collaboration between organizations that make high quality education, safe neighborhoods, quality housing, reliable transportation, clean surroundings, nutritious food, and stable employment available to all Americans is key to helping end health disparities.

The HHS OMH invites partners of all sectors to join efforts in helping communities achieve their full potential for health. Visit the National Minority Health Month website to obtain promotional materials, share information on your activities and events, and sign up for OMH updates.

Source: Office of Minority Health


Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías resalta los esfuerzos en las comunidades para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud

El 1ro  de abril de 2017, la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos (HHS OMH, siglas en inglés) pondrá en marcha la celebración anual del Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías. El tema de este año, “Tendamos puentes de equidad en la salud de las comunidades”, destaca el trabajo colaborativo que se ha realizado en comunidades de todo el país para lograr la equidad en la salud.

Durante el Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías 2017, HHS OMH resaltará algunas de las iniciativas de los aliados en las comunidades que trabajan para mejorar las condiciones indirectas que afectan la salud, que también se conocen como los determinantes sociales de la salud. El ambiente en donde las personas nacen, crecen, viven, trabajan, juegan y aprenden, al igual que la edad, tienen un gran impacto en la salud de las personas, familias y sus comunidades.

Como parte de las actividades de este Mes, HHS OMH llevará a cabo el Evento Virtual por Twitter #Bridge2Health el 12 de abril a la 1:00 p.m. hora del este. Durante este evento se brindarán ejemplos de iniciativas comunitarias que trabajan para eliminar las disparidades de la salud en todo el país. Las organizaciones también pueden apoyar los esfuerzos que ayudan a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud participando en el Thunderclap de la Equidad de la Salud el 28 de abril.

Las disparidades de salud entre las minorías raciales y étnicas, o las diferencias en la salud, el cuidado de salud y bienestar, tienen un efecto negativo en nuestra nación y por ende en nuestras comunidades. En Estados Unidos, se estima que el costo combinado de las disparidades de salud, y por consiguiente las muertes entre las minorías raciales y étnicas debido al cuidado inadecuado o desigual es de $ 1,24 billones en un periodo de tres años. Tener comunidades saludables significa menos costos de salud, lo que se traduce en un país más productivo, competitivo y una economía más fuerte.

Las organizaciones que reciben subvenciones de HHS OMH, agencias federales y otros aliados llevan a cabo esfuerzos comunitarios para cerrar la brecha de las disparidades y cuidado de la salud. Programas e iniciativas innovadoras, combinadas con un entendimiento de losdeterminantes sociales que afectan la salud de las comunidades locales, llevan a que nuestro país a ser una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y el cuidado médico.

HHS OMH es la agencia líder para mejorar la salud de las poblaciones minoritarias raciales y étnicas a través del desarrollo de programas y política pública para eliminar las disparidades de salud. Lograr una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y en el cuidado de salud requiere un enfoque en la equidad en todas las políticas públicas como una manera de abordar los determinantes sociales de la salud. A través de la Alianza Nacional de Acción para Eliminar las Disparidades de la Salud (National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities), HHS OMH ayuda a implementar esfuerzos multisectoriales que son claves para la salud de nuestra diversa nación.

La colaboración entre las organizaciones que ayudan a que haya educación de alta calidad, vecindarios seguros, viviendas asequibles, transporte confiable, espacios públicos limpios, alimentos nutritivos y empleos estables para las personas en E.E. U.U. es clave para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud.

HHS OMH invita a los aliados de todos los sectores a unirse para ayudar a que las comunidades alcancen su máximo potencial en pro de la salud. Visite la página web del Mes Nacional de Salud de las Minorías para obtener materiales de promoción, compartir información sobre sus actividades y suscribirse para recibir noticias de HHS OMH.

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Spring schedule announced: Workshops coming to Durango, Glenwood Springs and more

We have just announced several workshops, including Level 1s in metro Denver and Glenwood Springs, and advanced courses in Durango. These courses are FREE to patient navigators in Colorado!


Level 1 Workshops

Patient Navigator Fundamentals is our three-day training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing. There is online prework required before attending this course.

Level 1 – Lakewood
When: April 25-27 (FULL – Waitlist available)

Level 1 – Glenwood Springs
When: May 3-5

Level 2 Workshops

Advanced Health Behavior Change – Aurora
Help your clients reach their goals! This course provides tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.
When: April 21

Advanced Health Literacy – Arvada
Learn communication strategies to increase your clients’ understanding of health information.
When: May 16

We are coming to Durango! Workshops will be held at Fort Lewis College

May 9: Advanced Care Coordination
May 10: Advanced Motivational Interviewing
May 11: Advanced Health Behavior Change

Are you a Patient Navigator Supervisor or Manager?
These Level 3 workshops are just for you!

Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program – Arvada
The course provides a basic understanding of the patient navigator (PN) intervention model, reviews challenges facing PN program managers and provides strategies for an effective PN program.
When: April 17

Using Evaluation for Program Improvement for Patient Navigation – Denver
This two-day Level 3 course offered by the Denver Prevention Training Center is designed to meet the needs of Patient Navigator Supervisors who want to increase basic evaluation skills.
When: April 27-28

Online Course: Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease 
Chronic diseases affect our physical bodies, but also have an emotional, social and psychological impact. This 7-week online course helps patient navigators understand their role and how to help patients and their caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease.
When: May 15-June 30
Where: All online/via Zoom web conference

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Analysis: Proposed health care bill would lead to steep Medicaid funding cuts in Colorado

Colorado Health Institute Analysis

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in Congress would lead to a $14 billion funding cut for Colorado during the first decade of its implementation, according to an analysis by the Colorado Health Institute, released March 16.

The AHCA would likely cause nearly 600,000 Coloradans to lose eligibility for Medicaid by 2030, according to the same analysis.

This CHI analysis focuses only on the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA. Other provisions of the bill could also have effects on coverage levels.

The bill makes two major changes to Mediciad. It limits federal funding for people who joined Medicaid under the expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it converts federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment system. Funding under per capita allotments is expected to grow slower than funding under the current system.

The ACA helped Colorado achieve an uninsured rate of 6.7 percent, less than half the 14.3 percent uninsured rate in 2013, according to the Colorado Health Access Survey. Almost all of the drop in the state’s uninsured rate can be attributed to the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

“The bill in Congress would force very tough choices on our state legislators — either push people out of the Medicaid program or cut billions of dollars out of other areas of state government,” said Michele Lueck, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute.

CHI built a computer model to conduct this analysis, using historic and projected growth in Medicaid enrollment and spending as well as the provisions outlined in the AHCA.

CHI is a research institute that performs modelling to gauge the effects of proposed legislation on health access and health spending in Colorado. CHI does not lobby and does not take positions on legislation.

Click here to read the analysis and the methodology  describing how CHI did it.

Source: Colorado Health Institute

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Advanced Patient Navigator workshops coming to Durango

We are pleased to announce that the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative, in partnership with Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, is bringing 3 advanced patient navigator workshops to beautiful Durango, CO, in May 2017. Details and links to register are below. All workshops will be held at Fort Lewis College and are FREE to Colorado residents!

May 9: Advanced Care Coordination

Healthcare delivery is often fragmented, resulting in higher costs, poor health outcomes and decreased patient satisfaction. In this course, you will learn what patient groups will benefit most from care coordination and what these activities look like. You will leave will the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, coordinated care for your clients.

May 10: Advanced Motivational Interviewing

This workshop builds on the MI concepts introduced in our Level 1 course. MI is designed to address a patient’s ambivalence to change. This is a great skill to have in your toolbox to reduce resistance, help your clients set goals and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Join us for this fun, interactive workshop!

May 11: Advanced Health Behavior Change

Help your clients reach their goals! This workshop provides a deeper dive into tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control. There is a small amount of online prework required prior to the in-person course.

Please note that the perquisite to attend these workshops is Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals or equivalent work experience. We are exploring the possibility of holding a Level 1 course in Durango in Fall 2017.

Questions? Contact Erin Martinez at 303-724-7764 or


Photo courtesy Bill Grimes/Fort Lewis College

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Healthy People webinar March 23: Mental Health

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Webinar: Mental Health

Register Now | March 23, 2017 | 10 to 11 am MT/12 to 1 p.m. ET

Join Healthy People 2020 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 to learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also hear how one community organization is implementing the Sources of Strength Program to prevent suicide among youth.

Register today!

About Mental Health

The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and the ability to live a full and productive life. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Assessing and addressing mental health remains important to ensure that all Americans lead longer, healthier lives.

About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators

The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.


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Webinar: Learn about Health Literacy and Motivational Interviewing on March 15

Join the Colorado Health Literacy Coalition for an overview of the Motivational Interviewing mindset, processes, skills, and strategies. We will also discuss the association of Motivational Interviewing and health education with a focus on health literacy. This webinar will feature PNTC MI instructor Katie Garrett!

Webinar: Health Literacy and Motivational Interviewing
Time/Date: 12- 1 PM MDT March 15
Register Here


Kathie Garrett, MA

Kathie is a Clinical Associate in the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and a Research Senior Instructor in the Colorado School of Public Health. Kathie is also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and member of the International Motivational Interviewing (MI) Network of Trainers. Her research interests include applied models of behavior change, motivational interviewing, and coping mechanisms across a wide range of chronic illnesses. Kathie has developed or collaborated on the development of five stress and coping interventions for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers and three MI interventions for obesity prevention and tobacco cessation that have been evaluated in large NIH funded randomized controlled trials. Kathie collaborates with the BHWP team on research, programmatic, curriculum and materials development and provides trainings in MI, stress management, and tobacco cessation.

Mary Mancuso, MA

Mary is a Clinical Associate at Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine. Mary is involved in content and training material development, training initiatives, including providing ongoing support for trainees, and several BHWP research initiatives. She has a background in education and counseling psychology. Over the past 8 years, she’s worked with clients and patients in nonprofit, behavioral health, and hospital settings in clinical, consultant, quality improvement, and research roles. Prior to her role at BWHP, Mary worked in patient education for four years and was the coordinator of health literacy and patient and family-centered care at University of Colorado Hospital; she is also a member of the Colorado Health Literacy Coalition.

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition

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CPC Community Health hiring Program Manager

CPC Community Health is looking for a Program Manager to join their team. This position manages the successful Community Heart Health Actions for Latinos At Risk (CHARLAR) program. CHARLAR is a public health program focused on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk among Latinos in Metro Denver and Northwest Colorado. This community-based program is implemented through collaborative partnerships across multiple agencies and led by community health workers. CHARLAR is evidence-based, tailored to meet the needs of Latino communities, and has demonstrated positive results throughout Metro Denver since 2009.

Click here to view the job posting on the CPC web site.

In this position you will:

• Provide leadership and support to CHARLAR’s partners, Community Health Workers (CHW) and Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

• Supervise and work with the project coordinator to implement screening and enrollment events, CHW-led classes focused on chronic disease prevention, data collection activities and graduation events.

• Supervise and work with the CAC facilitator to recruit CAC members, facilitate dialogue among members and develop content for CAC quarterly meetings and strategic planning sessions.

• Oversee professional development and training of the CHWs.

• Prepare and monitor program timelines, deliverables and budgets.

• Negotiate scopes of work and budgets with funders and CHARLAR subcontractors.

• Coordinate data collection and reporting efforts.

• Collaborate with partner organizations and the CAC to disseminate program findings and updates.

• Explore new opportunities and strategic partnerships in public health.

• Contribute to presentation and publication efforts that arise from program data.

• Assist Development team with grant applications.

• Be responsible for additional duties as assigned.
Here’s what you will need to bring to the table:

• Master’s degree in public health or other health-related field. Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of experience managing public health programs.

• Bilingual/fluent in English and Spanish (speaking, reading, and writing) proficiency.

• Experience collaborating with community organizations.

• Proficiency with MS Office Suite including PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

• Knowledge of SAS.

• Excellent interpersonal communication skills, writing skills, and organizational skills.

• Great attention to detail and good problem solving skills.

• Ability to work effectively both in the team environment and independently.

Please include a short cover letter with answers to the following questions: Why would you be a good candidate for this position? Describe your proficiency in the following:
a) Public health b) Working with Latino communities c) Spanish language d) Working with data. Are you authorized to work in the United States?  Do you now or will you in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B visa status)?

If you are interested in applying, please forward your cover letter, your CV and 3 Letters of Reference:


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Registration open for spring PN/CHW/PdS Alliance meeting

The registration has opened for the spring Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance meeting on April 6, 1-3 pm in Metro Denver and online.

Click here to see the full agenda and registration is embedded within.

The deadline to register is March 30.

The meeting will be held in person and via remote connection; if you join remotely, please be sure you join via computer (those only joining via phone only have access to the presentations and not the group sharing).

Feature Presentation….

Presenting: Dr. Linda Burhansstipnanov of Native American Cancer Research Corporation

Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR) has received NCI funding to expand their work with a data and evaluation tracking database.  Join us to learn who their efforts will allow:

  • easier and more accurate data collection, ensuring systematic data collection;
  • allows for real-time summaries specific to individual patients;
  • allows program administrators to monitor PN interactions and produce a summary of activities documenting PN value;
  • documents activities for billing; and
  • collects patient perspectives on navigation services.


Spread the Word!  PN CHW PdS Alliance Website (which includes the link to become a member, pass along to partners please!)



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Colorado Health Literacy Coalition plans networking event for April

Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Networking Event

When: April 25, 2017 – 7:00 am-9:00 am
Where: COPIC Office, 7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230 – Mile High Room, 2nd Floor

Please join the Colorado Health Literacy Coalition for its first networking event. Meet and talk with people who are interested in health literacy from a variety of settings while enjoying morning-time beverages and refreshments. Our generous sponsors have allowed us to make this event free! And parking is free too. Please register to attend at the link below.


QUESTIONS? Contact Dana Abbey at

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition 

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Registration open for Motivational Interviewing Academy

Patient Navigators can practice with mock patients, receive one-on-one coaching 

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is offering a unique opportunity to help patient navigators improve their motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Participants in the “Motivational Interviewing Academy” this spring will receive three sessions to practice their skills with a mock patient and follow-up coaching.

“Motivational interviewing workshops are an excellent venue for learning a new way of ‘being’ with clients, but research clearly shows that workshops alone do not change practice,” said Kathie Garrett, PNTC MI Instructor. “To successfully integrate MI spirit and skills into your daily practice, you need guidance in the form of coding and coaching.”

The MI Academy will provide patient navigators  the unique opportunity to receive real time practice with mock patients, objective MI integrity coding feedback and one-on-one coaching.

“People pay hundreds of dollars for this type of training, but we are offering three practice and coaching sessions free of charge,” Garrett said.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach to help people make decisions, from quitting smoking to dietary changes to managing a chronic disease. MI is designed to address a patient’s ambivalence to change. This is a great skill to have in your toolbox to help improve patient outcomes.

By enrolling in this exciting opportunity, you will:

  • Participate in three encounters with mock patients so you can practice using MI
  • Have each session recorded and coded by an expert for various MI skills, to identify areas of strength and improvement
  • Receive three one-on-one coaching sessions with a professional MI coach, offering personal feedback

Target Audience: Non-licensed (lay) health professionals/patient navigators working in Colorado. Because we want to offer this experience to a variety of agencies around the state, only 3 navigators from each agency will be accepted. In addition, this opportunity is only open to lay navigators (non nurses). Please see this link for resources on MI training for nurses from the CU School of Nursing.

The mock patient encounters will be scheduled in spring/early summer 2017. You will be able to schedule each 20-minute mock session and follow up coaching call at a time slot that works with your schedule. These sessions will be all done over the phone, so travel is not required.


  • Required: Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals and Level 2: Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Recommended prequisite: Advanced Health Behavior Change
  • Been working as a patient navigator, health educator, community health worker or similar for at least 6 months
  • Reside in Colorado
  • Permission from your supervisor to participate
  • Be a lay (non licensed) health professional

Register for MI Academy for Patient Navigators 

Questions? Email PNTC program manager Erin Martinez at

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Job opportunity: Patient Navigator at Asian Pacific Development Center

The Patient Navigator is responsible for assisting refugee & immigrant community members to overcome barriers to care for chronic health diseases (i.e., cardiovascular disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and cancer) through health education, cultural/interpretation services, care coordination and provider education. Bilingual in Nepali and familiar with medical terminology a plus!


  • Bilingual in English and Nepali; medical terminology a plus
  • Medical interpretation certification
  • College degree or equivalent job experience
  • At least one year of direct service provision in human services
  • Firsthand cultural knowledge as a member/leader in refugee/immigrant community in Colorado
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with community members and act as advocate for and liaison between refugees and a diverse network of providers
  • Knowledge of healthcare system, screening, chronic illness, self-management, treatment adherence, and local resources
  • Excellent listening, oral communication and teaching skills
  • Ability to give and take direction accurately and efficiently
  • Ability to multi-task and operate well in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient written communication skills

If interested, please forward resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Patient Navigator – CDPHE/Integrated Care

Click here for full job description.

Source: Asian Pacific Development Center

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Join us online for Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease

Registration is now open for our Level 2 online course, Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease. This course was recently revised to be less time-intensive and we are excited to offer it to you this spring.

This online course helps patient navigators understand their role and how to help patients and caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease.

Course runs for 7 weeks, Feb. 13 to April 4, 2017 and will be facilitated by Kathleen Garrett.

Course Format: This is an online course. This course is led by an instructor, not self-paced.  ALL course activities take place via the Internet. There will be three live sessions during the course conducted via Zoom web conferencing. It is preferred if you have a web cam, but not required.

You will login to a course website to complete activities. Course activities include readings, online tutorials, videos, quizzes and online discussions. Activities are required each week. You will complete all activities independently and use the discussion tool to interact with other students 2-3 times per week.

Live sessions via Zoom:

– Tuesday, Feb 14: Noon-1 pm: Course Overview, Meet your Classmates
– Tuesday, March 7: Noon-1 pm: Live Discussion (topics to be announced)
– Tuesday, April 4: Noon-1 pm: Course Wrap Up, Q&A

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