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Spring 2017 workshop schedule announced

logo_vec2017 is going to be a great year. We will have our usual array of courses in the Denver metro area and will be visiting the western slope (Glenwood Springs) as well as Durango in the spring. In addition, there will be an opportunity to get involved with two ECHO online learning communities, as well as to receive one-on-one motivational interviewing coaching.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals – Denver
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.
Date/Time: Feb. 1-3, 2017, 8:30 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Aurora
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients.
Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Glenwood Springs
Date/Time: Feb. 24, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Registration is coming soon for the following workshops:

  • Emotional and Social 6-week Online course: February-March 2017
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: March 3 in Denver
  • Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program: March 10 in Loveland
  • Level 1: March 22-24 in Loveland
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing: March 24 in North Denver Metro
  • Bridging Theory and Practice: March 30 and 31 in Arvada
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: April 21 in North Denver Metro
  • Advanced Health Literacy: May 4 in Denver
  • Level 1: May 3-5 in Glenwood Springs
  • Advanced Care Coordination: May 9 in Durango
  • Advanced MI: May 10 in Durango
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: May 11 in Durango*

*Durango dates are tentative at this time.

NEW this year: MI Academy: Mock Patient Encounters & Coaching Experience

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is offering a unique opportunity to help patient navigators improve their motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Learn more

 

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Register today: PN/CHW/PdS Alliance meeting Jan 5

 Patient Navigation Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance Meeting
1-3 pm Jan 5

We are happy to announce 2017’s first PN CHW and PdS Alliance meeting on January 5 Alliance Meeting (in person and via Zoom web).

You must register for this meeting to attend.

Information Link and Registration Details

Virtual:

If you are attending virtually-you will be sent a link to the meeting.  Please note-this is intended to be a web-video meeting, please do not attend only via phone.

In Person

If you are attending in person, allow yourself about 15 min from parking to payment of parking and find the location.

Location:
Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 North Building, Room 1102
1701 S Uvalda St, Aurora, CO

 

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Increase your cancer knowledge with new video series featuring 17 different cancer control topics

ig-cancer-control-video-series1New cancer control video series to aid public health professionals, help save lives

A new video series focusing on cancer control for public health and population health improvement has just been launched by the Colorado School of Public Health’s Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC). Two years in the making, the Cancer Control Video Series includes 17 videos and numerous experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society, and leading universities from across the nation.

“We designed this unique video series specifically as a resource for public health professionals working in cancer control,” said Elaine Scallan, Director, RM-PHTC and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. “It provides an essential primer on what we know about cancer sites and risk factors and how we can use this knowledge to improve prevention and cancer outcomes.”

One of 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA), and a member of HRSA’s Public Health Learning Network, the RM-PHTC is the national lead on trainings for public health professionals on the topic of cancer. Their highly anticipated training series brings together the multidisciplinary talents of cancer experts, practitioners, instructional designers, and animators to create an entertaining, baseline introduction to cancer including risk factors and issues like survivorship, surveillance, and coalitions.

“This series is perfect for public health professionals who are new to cancer control,” says Laurie Schneider, deputy chief of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The series is self-paced and learners can complete one topic or multiple topics. Certificates of completion are available by topic. Click here to browse the series.

This project was supported by grant number UB6HP27876 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center provides learning opportunities to public health professionals in Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and serves as the national lead on the topic of cancer. The Training Center is housed within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. The RM-PHTC works in collaboration with several organizations to develop, market, deliver and evaluate a wide range of trainings based on current needs and public health trends. It is a member of the Public Health Learning Network.

Source: Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

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Webinar: Discover HIV Navigation Services: A New Model for Patient Navigation

Discover HIV Navigation Services: A New Model for Patient Navigation
December 15, 2016 ~ 10-11:30 am MT
(9 am Pacific/11 am Central/12 pm Eastern)

This 90-minute webinar will discuss the CDC’s HIV Navigation Services framework for health care providers working in clinical settings to optimize the health outcomes of people living with HIV or at high-risk of acquiring HIV. This is an interactive webinar, hosted by the CDC Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network, which will provide an overview of the HIV Navigation Services (HNS) model, discuss benefits for patients and providers, review the structural components of HNS, and showcase an implementation approach. The webinar is structured with 60 minutes of content and a 30 minute opportunity for webinar participants to interact with their peers and expert faculty to ask questions about HNS implementation.

  1. Define CDC’s HIV Navigation Services model.
  2. Describe the HIV Care Continuum and the importance of engagement.
  3. Discuss how HIV Navigation Services can improve health outcomes for persons living with HIV and high risk negatives.
  4. Identify the structural components of the HIV Navigation Services framework.
  5. Determine how HIV Navigation Services can enhance services at my healthcare organization.

NOTE: This webinar has a two-step registration process  First register with the “Register ” icon.  After completing this registration, you will be sent a link to register with Adobe Connect in order to receive your webinar URL that you will use to join the live webinar.

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Upcoming training: Working with Children from Addicted Homes

Tools for the Journey: Working with Children from Addicted Homes
December 19, 9 am-4:30 pm
Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014

For more information and online registration, please visit: Tools for the Journey: Working with Children from Addicted Homes

After attending this workshop, human services professionals will better understand the specific issues faced by adults who have grown up with drug and alcohol addiction and children still living in a home that is facing these issues. We will focus on how children are affected and different tools professionals can use to help these kids and their families. We will explore the healing journey for children and their families. Using the Betty Ford Center Model, participants will learn effective strategies to make a difference in the lives of children and adults; understand our unique prevention model; and explore new tools for working with children, parents and families. Come fill your “tool box” with activities, games and techniques that really work!

Evidence-Based Learning Objectives

  • After completing this workshop participants will successfully be able to:
  • describe three ways children are adversely impacted by family addiction;
  • list the core characteristics of resiliency;
  • demonstrate two activities which engage these youth in the healing process;
  • state three important messages for children from addicted families to hear to further their recovery.

Source: Human Services Network of Colorado

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Mini grant funding opportunity for cancer projects

fundingopportunityThe Comprehensive Cancer Program and Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have funds to support implementation projects in the following areas highlighted in the Colorado Cancer Plan:

  • Efforts to increase HPV Vaccine uptake (Goal 3-Objective 3.2)
  • Efforts to decrease UV exposure and increase sun protection (Goal 2-Objective 2.3)
  • Efforts to increase cancer survivorship opportunities (Goals 8, 9, 10)
  • Efforts to increase breast and cervical cancer screenings and follow-up care (Goal 3-Objective 3.1; Goals 5, 6, 7, 11)

The purpose of the projects are intended to pilot, support, extend, or expand the work that an organization, group, or task force is currently doing in one of these areas, and there is not an ask or expectation to establish a brand new large scale project.

Participants should use the 2016-2020 Colorado Cancer Plan as a guide for determining the proposed project. The Colorado Cancer Plan is a comprehensive plan addressing a number of goals and strategies that target cancer prevention and control activities.

Details:

  • To apply, please complete the 2017 Mini Grant Application.
  • Submissions will be accepted on a first come first serve basis (as long as funds are available) to Becky Selig via email at becky.selig@state.co.us.
  • Organizations will be notified of award status approximately 1-2 weeks after submission is received.
  • Organizations and groups can request up to $5,000.00.
  • Mini grant projects must be completed by 6/16/2017 – please note, the funding can be used in conjunction with other funding an organization has available. If that is the case, it is permissible to extend the project beyond 6/16/2017, but please be very clear in the application what portion of the project funds and deliverables are associated with this funding (and will be complete by 6/16/2017) versus another source.

Questions? Contact Becky Selig at becky.selig@state.co.us

Source: Colorado Cancer Coalition

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What might a Trump administration mean for Medicaid?

kffThe Kaiser Family Foundation released a new fact sheet that examines key questions around the potential changes President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress may seek to make in Medicaid, a program that covers 73 million people nationally.

Depending on how it is structured, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could reverse the expansion of Medicaid coverage that helped bring the nation’s uninsured rate to a historic low. The brief also examines the prospect of capping and reducing federal financing for Medicaid through a block grant or a per capita cap. These approaches are typically designed to save the federal government money and provide states with additional flexibility but, depending on how they are structured, could put populations and providers who disproportionately rely on Medicaid funding — including the elderly and people with disabilities, nursing homes and safety net hospitals – at risk.

The fact sheet also discusses how executive powers can be used to make changes to Medicaid without congressional action, including new regulations and Medicaid waivers.

Read the Fact Sheet

Source: The Kaiser Family Foundation

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Spring 2017 Course preview

logo_vecSpring 2017 workshop schedule coming soon!

We are working hard on our workshop calendar for 2017! Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals
January: Denver
March: Fort Collins
May: Glenwood Springs

We are planning to offer advanced courses in the central and north Denver metro areas, as well as the western slope.

Do you live in the Durango area? Take this brief survey and let us know what courses we should bring to you!

Bridging Theory and Practice will be held in March in Arvada.

ECHO Learning Sessions will be held in Care Coordination and Motivational Interviewing. There will also be opportunities for PNs to receive one-on-one Motivational Interviewing coaching. More details to come!

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Learn to empower yourself and your clients at Real-World Advocacy training, Dec. 8 in Denver

picHuman services workers face a multitude of challenges—from diminishing funding to new measures evaluating the use of those funds; from increased workloads on fewer professionals, to greater accountability expected of them; from a vastly more diverse client population, to newly-imposed limits on what can be provided to those clients. We need to collectively rise to those challenges and advocate to change the current negative climate regarding both the work we do and the clients we serve.

Real-World Advocacy
December 8, 9 am to 4:30 pm
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave West, Denver
For online registration, please visit: Real-World Advocacy

One of our afternoon breakouts — the Client-Centered Advocacy session — will feature client-advocates and key staff from three organizations which are leading the charge in client empowerment: Bayaud Industries, the Colorado Cross-Disabilities Coalition and CHARG. You will learn critical information as to how these organizations have been able put clients “in the driver’s seat” when it comes to their own care. And you will hear firsthand how clients have advocated for their needs at the personal, organizational and legislative level.

You will:

  • Discover new and useful resources to share with co-workers and other participants,
  • Understand how to be your own best advocate,
  • Explore the many ways in which nonprofits can speak up about issues confronting them,
  • Engage in interactive, brainstorming sessions to define or refine their communications approach,
  • Identify strategies to engage elected officials and other decision-makers with your issue, and
  • Leave with a new sense of our shared power.

Eligible for 6 hours CEU.

Event sponsored by the Human Services Network or Colorado and Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

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School of Medicine seeking Patient Navigators to help improve palliative care for Latinos

somThe Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking a Professional Research Assistant position who will serve as a Patient Navigator.

Drs. Stacy Fischer and Regina Fink have recently been awarded funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research. They are expanding their research to improve palliative care outcomes for Latinos with advanced medical illness. The new study is titled, “Apoyo con Cariño (Support through Caring): Improving Palliative Care Outcomes for Latinos with Advanced Medical Illness.” (COMIRB # 16-1270)

Bilingual and bicultural navigators are being sought to help with this 4-year study. Responsibilities of the patient navigators include recruiting and consenting research subjects, collecting data, and scheduling, arranging, and delivering the research intervention. In particular, this study will focus solely on Latinos with advanced medical illness.

Responsibilities include:

  • Arrange and deliver home visits—covering assigned Colorado geographic area
  • Provide telephone support to intervention participants
  • Ensure completed advance care planning documents are scanned into medical records
  • Communicate with providers as needed to help facilitate care for participants
  • Reports on progress weekly with co-investigator or project manager
  • Assist with follow-up data collection
  • Enroll and collect data from study subjects

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Must have a vehicle and can drive
  • Community Health work or experience working in a health care setting (e.g. medical or nursing assistant)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • REDCap training required
  • Community Health Certification
  • Previous experience in patient navigation or health related field of work
  • Motivational interviewing experience

Regions

  • 0.60 FTE North Navigator (Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins)
  • 0.60 FTE South Navigator (Colorado Springs and Pueblo)

Salary Range: $35,000 – $40,000 (based on experience)
Hiring Range: 0.75 – 0.20 FTE

Click here for full job description.

For more information or to apply, contact:

Danielle Kline, Senior Professional Research Assistant
(303) 724-7410
Danielle.kline@ucdenver.edu

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What’s next for healthcare after the election?

healthcare-questionsThere is a lot of uncertainty on the future of healthcare since the presidential election. Patients and healthcare providers alike are grappling with this uncertainty, as there is a lot we simply don’t know. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but what does this mean for the health insurance landscape? Below, are some non-partisan articles examining possible scenarios and what could come next.

Many experts agree that overhauling the ACA would take time. It is unlikely that anything will change in 2017, as “It’s a complex process to alter a law as complicated as the ACA,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University, in a Kaiser Health News article.

According to Elizabeth Hagen, senior policy analyst for Families USA, Republican proposals to repeal the ACA will likely include a transition period so people do not experience a sudden disruption in coverage. Read more of her blog here.

About 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA was implemented.

According to Connect for Health Colorado’s CEO Kevin Patterson, until the new administration and Congress develop a new direction, the health insurance marketplace will continue with normal operations.

“We urge our customers to continue to shop for the best coverage for themselves and their families in 2017 and complete their enrollment by Dec. 15, 2016, to avoid a gap in coverage,” Patterson said in an email statement to stakeholders. About 168,000 Colorado residents have healthcare coverage through Connect for Health Colorado.

More articles:

Compiled by Erin Martinez, PNTC Communications Manager

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Webinar on helping cancer patients with insurance options: Nov. 17

Health insurance is an important piece of the employment conversation. This webinar, presented by Cancer + Careers, will provide attendees with information about existing health insurance options as well as the changes in healthcare brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including new consumer protections and health insurance options, and how these changes might affect cancer patients. We will also discuss where states are with regard to implementing various provisions of the ACA and potential areas where advocates can weigh in with decision-makers in their states. Session is free and open to healthcare professionals of all disciplines

What: Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals: Health Insurance Options
When: 10 am MST Nov. 17
More info and to register

The Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals explores the issues faced by survivors balancing work and cancer. Past webinars are archived online for viewing at your convenience. These webinars include:

  • Where to Start: Information to help patients think through disclosing their diagnosis, protecting their privacy and managing their online brand.
  • Working Through Treatment:  Helping patients create a plan for working through cancer treatment
  • Taking Time Off: Helping patients create a plan for taking time off and important laws to know
  • Returning to Work: Helping patients through the challenges faced by transitioning after taking time off work for cancer treatments

More resources: 

Working Through the Side Effects: Tips for Your Patients
Legal-ese Made Easy: Help Your Working Patients Understand Their Rights

 

Source: Cancer + Careers

 

 

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Webinar series: PN, CHW and PdS Tracking and Data Collection Tools

person-woman-desk-laptopThrough the fall and early winter, the Patient Navigator/Community Health Worker/ Promotoras de Salud Alliance will be offering opportunities to hear from CHW and PN experts who have devoted resources and their expertise to develop tracking and data collection databases.

Mr. Nick Flattery: Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions
November 9, 2016: Noon-1 pm MST
Zoom Link

Nick Flattery is a senior project manager at CPC Community Health in Aurora, CO.  He runs the statewide chronic disease prevention program, Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions.  He has over 15 years in the field of community and public health and is passionate about reducing the burden of health disparities throughout Colorado and beyond.

On Nov. 9, Nick will present on a proprietary decision support and data collection system created for the Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions program, called OSCAR (Outreach, Screening and Referral System).  OSCAR allows CHWs in the field and across the state to collect data on program participants and sync that data for analysis to the CPC offices in Aurora.

Dr. Linda Burhansstipnanov: Native American Cancer Research Corporation
December 7, 2016: Noon-1 pm MST
Zoom Link
Or Telephone for Audio
Dial: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 252 184 8364

Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR) developed the current online evaluation program in 2005. NACR added the Patient Navigation tab in 2008 with assistance from Linda Krebs, Lisa Harjo, Southeast Program Evaluation (Mark Dignan) and tribal partners (Walking Forward, Intertribal Council of Michigan, Muskogee (Creek) Tribe of Oklahoma, and Comanche Nation of Oklahoma). As of October 1, 2016, the research team has been awarded an NIH Phase I SBIR funding to convert the online program into an easy-to-use, useful and efficient tablet app focused on the Survivorship phase of the cancer care continuum that will allow PNs to easily document activities and interactions.  Phase II will address the full cancer continuum (prevention through end-of-life).  The prototype:

  • Makes data input easier and more accurate, 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.

During Phase I, tailored report templates will be feasible to generate for:

  • An individual Navigator
  • A phase of the cancer continuum
  • An individual patient
  • A cancer care facility

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November webinars: Introduction to CDC Diabetes Prevention Programs in Tribal Communities

cdc-logoThe Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is offering two introductory webinars in November on diabetes prevention programs in tribal communities. Join to hear more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) & Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP), as well as shared testimony from Tribal applicants.

Webinar details: 

Monday, November 7
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST (12-1:30 MST)
&
Tuesday, November 15
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST (2-3:30 MST)

Join the Skype Meeting at https://webconf.cdc.gov/ihs8/T7NDCJM3.
All can access the Skype for Business Web App for free by clicking on the link, and then following the instructions in the Web browser window to join the meeting.

or

Join by phone
(855) 644-0229
Conference ID: 2351261

Email Kavitha Muthuswamy at ihs8@cdc.gov with for questions.

No registration is required. All are welcome!

More info:
CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program
CDC Native Diabetes Wellness Program

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Advanced Health Behavior Change – Nov. 10 in Colorado Springs

logo_vecWant to help your patients reach their goals? This course provides tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.

Advanced Health Behavior Change focuses on chronic disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control. It is hybrid course which includes an online component and the one day skills practice workshop designed for patient navigators, care coordinators, clinical and non-clinical practice staff.

The in-person session provides for practice and observation of the behavioral skills.

The online portion includes pre-work required for the in-person workshop and disease modules that can be viewed at any time.

Time and Date: 9 am-5 pm Nov. 10

Location: Tim Gill Center, G&L Community Room, 315 E Costilla Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

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Annual conference highlights importance of health literacy in improving patient care

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By Alejandra Armenta, PNTC Intern

The second annual Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Conference was held at the University of Colorado Hospital Conference Center on Oct. 21, 2016. This event was aimed primarily at clinicians, health educators, patient navigators, hospitals representatives and the general public interested in health literacy.

The Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Conference educated the audience with innovative techniques that will help them create more health literate health care organizations. According to the Coalition, health literacy allows patients and families to receive and understand health information so they can be advocates for their own care. image007

During the course of the conference, guests were encouraged to attend speaker-led interactive workshops. Speakers engaged attendees in a positive dialogue in order for people to improve their skills and knowledge about health literacy.

According to conference guest speaker Mary Ann Abrams, many health problems are linked to low health literary. These include:

  • Poor ability to interpret labels and health messages
  • Greater use of emergency care
  • Higher health care cost
  • Poor ability to demonstrate taking medicines appropriately

If patient navigators and other healthcare professionals improve their health literacy skills, they will have better communication with their patients and serve their needs. Improved health literacy is the key to improving care quality, reducing medical errors, facilitating shared decision-making and improving health outcomes.

image001Why is it important to use Health Literacy at your work? 

“We are the first contact sometimes after getting discharged, or in my case with the asthma visits, they tend to call me first, because they feel more comfortable. And of course with health literacy, I can explain things better. They won’t be scared or stressed because they feel more confident asking questions.”

Raquel Figueroa, Patient Navigator at Denver Health, who works with asthma patients

 

Alejandra Armenta is a student at CU-Denver, with a double major of Ethnic Studies and Public Health.

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Amendment 72 (tobacco tax): Know the facts before you vote

cigarette-599485_1920Colorado voters are being asked to decide on a measure with important public health implications this election season. Amendment 72 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to:

  • increase the state tax on a pack of cigarettes from $0.84 to $2.59;
  • increase the state tax on other tobacco products from 40 percent to 62 percent of the price; and
  • distribute the new tax money for medical research, tobacco-use prevention, doctors and clinics in rural or low-income areas, veterans’ services, and other health-related programs.

Studies show that increasing tobacco prices is one of the most effective ways to get current smokers to quit and to prevent new users, especially kids. When cigarette taxes were last increased in 2005, the number of cigarettes consumed per person in Colorado fell by 12.6 percent. Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable diseases like cancer, and heart and lung disease, contributing to 5,100 deaths in Colorado per year.

Colorado’s current cigarette tax is well below the national average of $1.65 per pack. If Amendment 72 passes, Colorado would go from the 14th lowest per-pack tax in the nation ($0.84) to the 11th highest ($2.59).

This new tax would not include e-cigarette products.

Amendment will raise about $315 million a year by increasing the tax on cigarettes by $1.75 per pack and increasing the tax on other tobacco products like cigars and chewing tobacco by 22%. The funds would be dedicated as follows:

  • $92 million for Colorado-based research to prevent and improve treatments for cancer, heart and lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and youth mental health
  • $48 million for medical and mental health care for 500,000 Colorado veterans
  • $34 million to increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas
  • $34 million to expand access to youth behavioral health services
  • $54 million to meet the recommended funding levels by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco education, prevention, and cessation programs for Colorado’s youth and adults
  • $17 million to provide training and repay student debt for medical professionals in rural and underserved areas
  • $36 million to current tobacco tax-funded programs, compensating for expected reductions in tax revenue due to lower tobacco use in the future

Amendment 72’s proponents include a wide array of health organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association and Colorado Medical Society. The opposition to Amendment 72 is being headed by a committee calling itself No Blank Checks in the Constitution, funded by tobacco companies. This group argues that Amendment 72 would unnecessarily lock $315 million into constitutional spending with little-to-no accountability or oversight.

In addition, the tax increase will have a disproportionate impact on low income individuals.  About 30 percent of Colorado adults making less than $15,000 are smokers. However, the tax revenues support Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program), which is required by the Affordable Care Act to provide smoking cessation services to its members.

SOURCES:
Colorado Health Institute
Colorado Blue Book

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Level 1 offered in December in South Denver

logo_vecThe Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is pleased to announce the dates for the last Level 1 workshop of 2016, offered in South Denver, CO. This training will take place from Dec. 7-9 at the CU South Denver campus, located in the Wildlife Experience building at 10035 Peoria Street in Parker.

Please see below link to register. We hope you can join us!

Dates for 2017 Level 1 workshops will be announced soon. Locations include Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs and Metro Denver.

Register for Patient Navigator Fundamentals

 

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Mental Health First Aid offered Nov 15 in Aurora

consulting-1739639_1920Mental Health First Aid is a training to assist community members in recognizing the signs and symptoms of different mental health problems, learn an action plan to feel confident in helping during a mental health crisis, recognize warning signs for suicide and learn about great resources to assist people in our community.

Mental Health First Aid
Date/Time: Nov 15, 8:30 am-5 pm
Location: Martin Luther King Library, 9898 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO
Cost: $25
Register Here

You will learn:

  • How to help to someone experiencing signs of mental illness or a mental health crisis
  • A 5-step action plan to help in individual in crisis connect to professional care
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders and suicide

Mental Health First Aid is a three year certification and only requires one eight hour day of training. To register for MHFA classes,  go to www.mhfaco.org and click on Find A Class tab on the main page. Make sure to register for the website before registering for the class.

Contact Monica Pressley at monicapressley@aumhc.org with any questions or concerns regarding this upcoming Mental Health First Aid training.

Source: Aurora Mental Health

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Register to attend the PN/CHW/PdS Alliance Meeting on Oct 17

smith-sonsThe fall PN/CHW/PdS Alliance Meeting will be held on Oct 17 at the  Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO. Attend in-person or via remote connection!

Please register for this meeting by Oct 12. We have a lot of technology built into this meeting and we need to be sure you are accounted for ahead of time. See details on “watch parties” below. 

Register To Attend!

 Meeting Details

What:   PN CHW and PdS Alliance Fall Meeting 

Goal of Meeting: Connect the PN CHW and PdS Community for the fall Alliance meeting.  This meeting will specifically highlight a couple of statewide resources to help patient navigators, community health workers and promotores de salud serve their communities.

When:  Monday, October 17, 1-3 pm* (please note this is a 2 hour meeting)

Where:    Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 1 Building, Room 130013070 E 19th Ave, Aurora, CO

Remote Connection:

Statewide Zoom Webmeeting Connection-you must register to be provided the link.  The Zoom and University of Colorado will be operating a very dynamic online viewing and connection opportunity to ensure good remote participation.  We are working on providing locations for watch parties.  See below.

Who: All Alliance Members and Anyone Wishing to Learn More about the Alliance’s and resources available throughout Colorado.

Come Prepared: Please bring your laptop to connect and use the resources in real-time!  For those joining remotely, the availability to join via web or at least have access to a computer to review information is needed.

Watch Party Fun!
Attend a “watch party in your area – contact people below for details:

Pueblo contact: Michelle East, Pueblo Community Health Center, meast@pueblochc.org

La Junta contact: Kaysie Schmidt, Otero Junior College, Kaysie.Schmidt@ojc.edu

Western Slope contact:  Amy Gallagher, AGallagher@WholeHealthManagement.org

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