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Sept 28 Webinar: PN, CHW, PdS Alliance Portal Powered by 2-1-1

211We are thrilled to provide a 1 hour preview of the PN CHW and PdS Alliance Portal, Powered by 2-1-1!

The Alliance Portal, serves as the Alliance’s website AND, a search tool that will allow PNs, CHWs, PdS connect with each other, their community organizations and  medical providers or their clients to connect to services.

What: Introduction of the PN CHW and Pds Alliance Portal Powered by 2-1-1

When: 1-2 pm September 28,

Where: Webinar (or phone)-see below!

Who:  YOU (All CHWs, PNs, PdS, Community Folks, Medical People)

General Info:

We will discuss the general 2-1-1 work with United Way but post importantly, the PN CHW and PdS Alliance Portal and how it all works!

Webinar Link! https://echo.zoom.us/j/7648943828

Joining by phone ONLY:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 764 894 3828

 

Is Your Information in the PN CHW PN Portal?!?!  Here’s How:!!

Calling United Way 2-1-1 and Reference the Alliance Portal to enter your information at the home United Way 2-1-1 Office.

303-561-2112

Or

Enter your information in this survey link and a United Way 2-1-1 Operator will call you.

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Travel to Massachusetts this fall for Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training

yoga-picExperience a powerful new paradigm in whole-person care that supports patients on all levels, improving the cancer experience.

Developed by Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and taught by renowned experts in integrative cancer care, this program is the nation’s leading professional training in integrative navigation. This fall, Smith Center is offering the training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts.

Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training
Oct. 23-28, 2016
Tuition: $995.00 plus lodging
Limited scholarships available
More details and to register

Through immersive instruction and experiential learning, you will gain the knowledge, resources and tools needed to:

  • Create a space of safety, compassionate listening, and support for patients and caregivers throughout the cancer continuum
  • Increase patients’ knowledge of available resources to better cope with cancer and reduce stress
  • Guide patients in the responsible selection and use of appropriate evidence-based complementary therapies for healing and well-being
  • Offer patients a deeper level of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support
  • Come explore opportunities for self-care and personal healing, and be inspired to transform the experience of cancer for your patients.

The training is open to both new and experienced navigators, and is particularly useful to professionals who would like to expand their skills and services to include whole-person and comprehensive navigation support. Our past trainees serve diverse populations and come from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Oncology Care Providers (physicians, nurses, counselors, and social workers)
  • Integrative Practitioners
  • Patient Advocates
  • Lay Navigators

Training participants are eligible to receive the following Continuing Education Credits:

  • Social Workers – 40.5 credits
  • Nurses – 35.5 credits
  • Psychologists – 23 credits
  • Yoga Teachers – 5.75 credits

Source: Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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Meet our intern and share your story!

ale-photoThe Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is excited to have a student intern for the fall semester. Read more about Alejandra below and learn how to get involved with her project!

My name is Alejandra Armenta. I am a bilingual student attending the University of Colorado Denver, studying Public Health and Ethnic Studies. I am currently doing an internship with Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. I am interested in developing new content for the website, because this will allow me to promote the role of current patient navigators and it will also allow me to learn how patient navigators help their patients.

I learned through my own first-hand experience how difficult moving to a new country, culture, and language can be.  I was born in Mexico and lived there until I was four years old. After a few months of living in Colorado, I was getting really upset because I couldn’t understand anything. Through my frustrations, I knew I had to learn to speak English. It was not easy at all. I had difficulty comprehending the meaning of what was said during class and was frustrated when listening to others speak, but I made the commitment to study. My courage and willingness has made me successful.

Today my life has changed.  I have access to two cultures and I am more tolerant and open to others by being able to communicate in two languages. I feel free to learn about diverse cultures, traditions, and social behaviors as well as be a part of them. In the future, I plan to help people not only with their health, but help them with communication barriers.

I believe that patient navigators are the people who are really making a difference, as they reduce barriers to care and assist patients with questions and concerns. I am very interested in sitting down with patient navigators and patients and collecting their stories.

Please contact me at alejandraarmenta31@hotmail.com if you are interested in an interview. I would love to learn about your job and gain a better understanding of what patient navigators do.

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LGBTQ Cultural Competency course offered in October

lgbtq-coverThe Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is offering an online LGBTQ cultural competency course starting Oct. 4.

This six-week learning experience is designed for public health practitioners with the goal of promoting better health outcomes with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/ Questioning (LGBTQ) populations.

The course is being facilitated by Jennifer Woodard, via bi-directional video.

Each of the learning experience’s six sessions explores the multiple facets of cultural competence when interacting with LGBTQ individuals, their families and the community.

Live Learning Sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12-1 pm MT from Oct 4 – Nov 8.

Register for Cultural Competency – LGBTQ 

Source: Rocky Mountain Prevention Training Center – Center for Public Health Practice

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Asian Pacific Development Center hiring community navigators

logo_horiz_HQCRopppedSeeking Chinese community navigator and Vietnamese community navigator

The community navigator is an essential part of the Asian Pacific Development Center’s (APDC’s) Specialty Behavioral Health Clinic.  The community navigator helps immigrant and refugee community members to access APDC’s behavioral health and integrated care services.  We consider the community navigator to be the “cultural broker” providing the trusted bridge between community members/clients and behavioral health/integrated service providers.

Qualifications:

  • Language fluency in English and AAPI language (i.e., Vietnamese, Chinese)
  • Medical interpretation certification OR willingness/ability to become certified through APDC certification program
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • At least one year of direct service provision in human services/navigation.
  • First hand cultural knowledge as a member/leader in local immigrant/refugee community in Colorado

If interested, please forward resume and cover letter to:

Masayo@apdc.org with the subject line: Community Navigator

More details here

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Learn about updated colorectal cancer screening guidelines at webinar Sept. 14

FCClogoThe screening guidelines for colorectal cancer were updated by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in June 2016.

Dr. Dennis Ahnen, Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will talk about the new screening guidelines and explain the variety of options now available. For survivors, caregivers and health care team members, he will give vital information about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening and surveillance.

 

CRC Screening: What’s New?
Presented by Fight Colorectal Cancer
Date: Wed., September 14
Time: 2pm ET / 1pm CT / Noon MT/ 11am PT

Register for Webinar

Be sure to register – even if you can’t attend live, the slides, video  and mp3 of the presentation will be posted.

Cancer health professionals, patient navigators, survivors and advocates are encouraged to join in the discussion about how the colorectal cancer screening guidelines have changed!  This will make a big difference in what is allowed for preventive screening in colorectal cancer.

Interested in what the guidelines are saying and what the advocacy community has to say about the revisions in the guidelines?  Check out this Fight CRC post about the updates.

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Denver Housing Authority hiring program specialist, care management coordinator

dhaCARE MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) seeks a Care Management Coordinator to work with Medicaid clients to improve utilization of benefits. Care management activities include, but are not be limited to, completing health related assessments used to determine eligibility for programs, services, and/or care plans; reviewing available documentation, and applying criteria/guidelines/regulations specific to the development of services.

Requires a BA/BS degree (Social Work, Psychology, Human Development, or related field) and two years of care coordination or navigation. One year experience in community involvement/organizing is required. Experience with low income, culturally diverse populations is required.

Compensation: $18.00/hr. with limited benefits.

More info here.

RESIDENT AND CLIENT SERVICES PROGRAM SPECIALIST

Seeking a highly motivated self-starter to implement and monitor grant funded programs to increase economic self-sufficiency, financial stability, and quality of life for public housing and/or Housing Choice Voucher (“HCV”)/Section 8 residents.

Requires a four-year degree in Human Services or related field, three  years’ experience in the human services field, three years’ experience providing self-sufficiency case management and resources and referrals to low income and culturally diverse populations, and one (1) year case management experience with low income, culturally diverse populations.

Starting pay begins at $45,910.27 – $50,000.00 a year with competitive benefits.

More info here.

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Learn about care coordination for uninsured populations at Sept. 6 meeting

CCHNCare Coordination Resources for Uninsured Populations

Update: In-person attendance is SOLD OUT due to room capacity, but see below for how to connect via Zoom.

Please join Colorado Community Health Network for a meeting on September 6th, 11 am-1 pm. You can attend the meeting in-person or virtually via Zoom (please note we are no longer using Adobe Connect; virtual connection information will be sent upon registering).

Registration for this meeting is required. Register here for both in-person and virtual attendance.

How to participate viz Zoom:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/353247750 
Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 353 247 750

We’ll discuss:

  • Current environment and needs of uninsured/immigrant populations
  • Available resources for uninsured/immigrant populations
  • Best practices around building community partnerships to meet the needs of uninsured/immigrant populations
  • Please complete this survey (4 questions) in preparation for the meeting.

For more information, please contact Johanna Gelderman at johanna@cchn.org.

Source: CCHN

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Financial Help for Case Managers course Sept 13 & 14

This educational experience will provide you useful tools and insights that can be applied to your personal and professional lives to help you control finances, reduce stress, and improve health.

All registration fees are covered by Denver Human Services. Please note there are a limited number of participant slots, register now!

Financial Health for Case Managers 
When: September 13th & 14th from 9 AM to 4:30 PM each day
Where: Denver, CO
Register Here

You Will Learn:

  • A foundation of knowledge on topics in the fields of Economics, Behavioral Economics, Psychology, Finance, Adult Education, Decision-Making Science and Change Theory
  • The shortcomings of SMART Goals
  • The impact of “scarcity”, tunneling, and stress as they relate to time, money, and energy
  • How to create a service plan that effectively incorporates the client’s values and needs
  • How to help clients who “have no money” work on their personal economics
  • How to use the “Asset Building Continuum” as a means to building financial and employment stability
  • The concept of internal inconsistency and its role in personal decision-making
  • The ineffectiveness of Rational Behavior Education for addressing financial and employment topics
  • The role of routines, habits, and willpower in financial behaviors
  • How to identify and address barriers to financial stability
  • Why budgets are usually ineffective and how to improve them
  • Information and tools to implement changes that improve personal financial and economic health

Source: Financial Health Institute 

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Back to school with PNTC: Fall Schedule Announced

aspens-with-road-left-22.4Fall is right around the corner, and we’ve got an exciting lineup of upcoming courses for you! Whether you need a Level 1 course or are interested in continuing your patient navigation education with a Level 2 or 3, we’ve got you covered.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals 
Our most popular course! Patient Navigator Fundamentals is a three-day in-person course with an online course component designed to improve your patient navigation skills.
Date/Time: Oct. 18-20
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Register here 

Level 1 in Spanish
Our Level 1 curriculum delivered in Spanish. Location details and registration coming soon!
Date: September
Location: Denver, CO

Level 2: Advanced Care Coordination
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients consistent with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) guidelines and requirements.
Date: Sept 20
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Register here

Level 2: Facilitation Skills for Patient Navigators
Are you a patient navigator looking to enhance your group education sessions or improve collaboration with your co-workers? Or maybe you’re a PN manager seeking to learn more about group dynamics and the individual needs of your employees. Whether you facilitate group-level interventions, staff meetings, or other group activities, this training is for you. All experience levels welcome.
Dates: Oct. 11 and 12
Location: Arvada, CO
Register here 

Level 3: Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program
This course is designed for supervisors of navigators, program planners and administrators of patient navigator programs.
Date/Time: Sept. 29
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Register here

Social Determinants and Health Equity: Widening The Lens Of Health Promotion
This two-day course will examine the effects of social determinants of health such as economic status, stigma, homophobia, racism and other social and political issues on risk, prevalence and access to services.
Dates: Nov. 2-3
Location: Denver, CO
Register here

Save the Date – Registration coming soon for the below courses! Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to know!

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing in Alamosa, CO in September
  • Level 1 in Denver, CO Nov 9-11
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change in Colorado Springs Nov 10
  • Level 3 Patient Navigator Supervisor in Denver, CO Nov. 15

Please contact us at admin@patientnavigatortraining.org regarding your organization’s training needs!

 

 

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Job posting: Bilingual Senior Case Manager with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic-Fibrosis-FoundationThe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, located in Denver, CO, is looking for a Bilingual Senior Case Manager who will report to the Manager of Patient Access Programs.

The Senior Case Manager will review, assess, and support patient cases referred to CF Foundation Compass for patient assistance related to insurance, financial, legal and other needs. Conduct intake, screening, assessment, coverage and reimbursement/prior authorization/appeal research and triage to appropriate resources for customers who contact CFF Compass. Identify and refer to national, state and local resources to help troubleshoot customers’ needs. Support other activities within the team to support facilitation of access.

Candidate must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have at least 3 years’ experience in a healthcare environment.  This includes experience in healthcare coverage and reimbursement, customer service and/or helping navigate life with a chronic disease. Strong computer skills are necessary – Microsoft CRM, MS Word, Excel, and MS Outlook.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.

For immediate consideration, please apply online here.

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Save the Date: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Conference

health_literacyColorado Health Literacy Conference
Date
: Oct. 21, 2016
Location: University of Colorado Hospital Conference Center, Aurora, CO
Cost: $50/$25 for student and navigators
Register Here

Attend the Second Annual Colorado Health Literacy Conference to:

  • Gain practical strategies on how to integrate health literacy into your organization
  • Make the case to lawyers and decision makers about the importance of health literacy
  • Improve written and spoken communication with your patients or clients in a variety of settings
  • Hear from a patient panel on communication best practices for patients and families

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Clinicians
  • Health Educators
  • Public Health Workers
  • Families
  • Health Insurance Enrollers
  • Medical and Family Health Librarians
  • Patient Navigators
  • Students
  • Hospital Representatives
  • Healthcare Marketers and Writers
  • Anyone Interested in Health Literacy!

COST TO ATTEND:

  • Conference fee: $50 (includes CEUs, breakfast, and lunch).
  • Discounted fee: $25 for students and navigators (includes breakfast and lunch)
  • Contact barbara.cellio@cha.com for more information on discounted rates.

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Colorado Colorectal Screening Program hiring Patient Navigator coordinator

CCSP LogoThe Colorado School of Public Health has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) who will be primarily responsible for assisting with promoting colorectal cancer screening and increasing screening rates among the medically underserved. This position works with the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP) at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The CCSP is a grant funded program that collaborates with community clinics and their service partners statewide to provide patient navigation services to medically underserved individuals considering endoscopic colorectal cancer (CRC) screening or diagnostic workup.

The PRA will work with the Principal Investigator, the Co-Director and other program personnel to help design and carry out interventions to increase CRC screening rates. The PRA will help the clinics develop improved practices for patient navigation, will assist with education and training of clinic personnel, provide technical assistance, and will ensure they guide patients through CRC screening and treatment.

Click here for full job description and to apply.

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Upcoming Webinar: Resources for Addressing Community Health Needs

confResources for Addressing Community Health Needs
August 24, 1 pm MT/ 2 pm CT

Presenter: Dana Abbey, MLS

There are numerous factors that have the potential to influence the health of your community members including quality of life, health behaviors, utilization of and access to health care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Utilize tools for researching these factors at the local level.
  • Identify authoritative health information resources for program planning.
  • Identify potential community partners.

Who should attend?

  • Public libraries and community organizations planning health outreach activities.
  • K-12 staff involved in student health care and/or health and science curriculums (librarians, nurses, teachers).
  • Public health grant writers.
  • Anyone who interested in knowing about these great resources.

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) hosts a free monthly webinar that features presentations on health information resources from the National Library of Medicine, and other reliable organizations. Presentations will include useful exercises for you to gain hands-on experience using the websites and databases. Registration is not required. We offer 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit per session (details are provided at the end of each session).

When: Held 4th Wednesday of each month, 1-2 pm MT / 2-3 pm CT

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2 (link is external)

Archive: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/education/discover

 

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PN Supervisor Course Scheduled for Colorado Springs

13248552_611988258957360_754347694429972109_oAre you a patient navigator supervisor, manager, evaluator or planning to implement a patient navigator program? Then this course is for you! Learn more about defining the PN role, how to craft job descriptions, and  how to identify the training needs of your patient navigator staff.

The course provides a basic understanding of the patient navigator intervention model, reviews challenges facing PN program managers and provides strategies for an effective PN program.

We will review identifying evidenced-based clinical guidelines utilizing registries for identifying patients, developing standard work flows, PN training, key supervision needs and evaluation of PN services.

Level 3: Patient Navigator Supervisor: Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program
Time/Date: 9 am-5 pm, Sept. 29
Location: Tim Gill Center,  315 E. Costilla Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Register Here

What people are saying about this course:

I appreciate some of the guidance on best practices and program outcomes. I expect to reference what has been shared in the training as I prepare to make some programmatic changes.”

“I’m much clearer about the different roles and labels to unblur the lines for our clinics! The information really sparked my interest in capturing qualitative data and have already begun to research how other industries are doing this!”

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Registration Open for Level 1 in Arvada

085Registration is now open for our next Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals course in Arvada, CO. This course will be at the Community First Foundation, which has a great meeting space.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals
Location: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada, CO
Date/Time: Sept 26-28, 2016, 9 am-5 pm

Sign up today by clicking here.

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ECHO Colorado hiring Project Associate

echoThe ECHO Colorado Program Center located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is currently looking to hire a Project Associate.

The ECHO-CO Project Associate position will be responsible for technical support and general management of ECHO sessions. The focus of this position will be on providing support, technical assistance and in-session problem solving to ensure a positive experience for participants and faculty. The successful candidate will be experienced in or willing to learn operating and troubleshooting state-of-the-art multipoint, encrypted, real-time videoconferencing systems and must have impeccable customer service skills.

You can find more information, the full job description, and submit an application on our website: ECHOColorado.org/jobs. Priority will be given to applications received prior to August 17, 2016. Please contact Marisa Piepenbrink at marisa.piepenbrink@ucdenver.edu with any questions.

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“Medicaid and Beyond” course available Sept 15

medicaidMedicaid is designed to provide health coverage for our nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Medicaid makes it possible for millions of children, parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors to get the health coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy. And now, more low-income adults are eligible for Medicaid than ever before as a result of the Medicaid expansion, implemented with federal support provided through the Affordable Care Act.

As the improvements to the Medicaid program brought about by the Affordable Care Act take full effect, the information provided in this workshop will give providers and their managers new tools to work effectively with clients who are applying for or currently enrolled in Medicaid.

Medicaid and Beyond presented by the Human Services Network of Colorado

Date/Time: Sept.15, 9 am-12:30 pm (Basic); 1-5 pm (Advanced)
Location: Denver Rescue Mission’s Administration & Education Building, 6100 Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216
For more information and online registration, please visit: Medicaid Basic and Advanced.

Attendees are eligible for up to eight (8) hours CEU.

Designed for those new to Medicaid as well as more experienced providers, the day is broken into two sessions we’re calling Medicaid 101 and Medicaid 202. You can register for either the 101 or the 201 session alone (half day) or both sessions (full day).

Course Goals for Medicaid 101:

  • Utilize information about Medical Assistance to help clients
  • Recognize and explain the process clients undergo as they apply for and receive Medical Assistance
  • Understand the basic description and requirements for each MA program

Objectives–Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various levels of oversight of Medical Assistance  (MA)
  • Identify the differences between Medicaid, CHP+ and insurance through the marketplace
  • Explain what is happening at every point of the Medical Assistance application process
  • Describe which clients fit into each MA category and recognize how CBMS categorizes applicants

Course Goals for Medicaid 202:

  • Be able to outline the general eligibility requirements for Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Summarize Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medical Assistance, Medicare Savings Program, and Low-Income Subsidy

Objectives–Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the requirements for MA, including Social Security Number, Residency, Citizenship and Identification
  • Explain the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA)
  • Recall the concepts of Self-Attestation and the interfaces used to verify self-attested information
  • Recognize the legal and governmental management and organization for Non-MAGI Medical Assistance
  • Identify requirements for Non-MAGI programs

 

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Maternal Child Health courses offered to current professionals – apply today

MCH LinkThrough an innovative scholarship program, the Colorado School of Public Health is offering graduate level Maternal and Child Health (MCH) courses that address the current educational and training needs of practicing MCH professionals working in hard-to-reach areas of the Rocky Mountain region.

This program will provide intensive public health education and skills development at a distance while allowing professionals to maintain their work and family responsibilities. The 1-credit courses will be offered without charge to a limited number of eligible MCH workers in rural, frontier, or tribal underserved areas in the Rocky Mountain region, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The majority of courses will be offered online.

The MCH-Link Program is funded through HRSA and available for the MCH workforce that already holds a bachelor’s degree and who currently works with an MCH population. The program provides full or partial funding to take courses either online or in-person at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado School of Public Health.

This fall, we only have 8 spots available, and are now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Extended Deadline: July 29, 2016

Learn more about the MCH-Link Program

Apply to the MCH-Link Program

Admissions requirements and forms are available on the website:

www.mch-link.org

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Colorado Medicaid program changes name to “Health First Colorado”

HealthFirstCO_LogoFinal_CMYKAs of June 27, 2016, Medicaid, Colorado’s public health insurance program for low-income Coloradans who qualify, is called “Health First Colorado.”

The new name reflects the significant improvements that have been made to modernize Colorado’s Medicaid program to better engage members and improve the quality and coordination of care. The Health First Colorado rename has been made possible through grants from the Colorado Health Foundation and Caring for Colorado Foundation.

The name itself – Health First Colorado – aims to convey the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s commitment to putting its members’ health first, as well as encourage its 1.3 million members to put their own health first.

“Good health and access to health care are the very foundation of a productive and engaged life,” said Susan E. Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, executive director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid Program, provides a foundation for more than one million people in Colorado and through the new name and logo, we are proudly conveying the critical importance of the services we and our partners provide.”

The foundation grants funded the consumer research and development of the name, creation of the logo and website, production of advertising collateral in English and Spanish for transit and radio along with a contract manager to manage the project from conception through launch with minimal use of taxpayer dollars.

“The name Health First Colorado represents Colorado’s forward-thinking approach to health coverage, and the significant impact Colorado Medicaid has in improving our residents’ health and fueling our economy,” said Colorado Health Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller. “We are proud to support the launch of Health First Colorado and our shared goal of ensuring that all Coloradans are enrolled in stable, affordable and adequate coverage.”

“We have a long-standing commitment to improve access to health care for underserved populations in Colorado,” said Chris Wiant, President and CEO of the Caring for Colorado Foundation. “The Health First Colorado launch provides our state the opportunity to expand health insurance coverage and improve access to care. I’m hopeful that the Health First Colorado launch will result in less uninsured Coloradans and will increase participants’ knowledge about their health and health insurance.”

While the name and look of Colorado Medicaid are changing, member eligibility, benefits, and providers will remain the same. The name change is one example of ongoing efforts to modernize the Medicaid program to be a more person-centered health insurer. Examples of that ongoing work include:

  • Focus on improving care coordination through the Accountable Care Collaborative,
  • Formation of a Member Advisory Council that provides input to improve member communications and engagement,
  • PEAKHealth mobile app to allow members to more efficiently access benefit information, and
  • Recently added benefits such as dental coverage and mail order prescriptions.

With the rename, Colorado becomes the twentieth state to update its public insurance program name to be more consumer friendly, to minimize confusion with the Medicare program and to help reduce stigma that can sometimes be associated with Medicaid. Oklahoma renamed its program to SoonerCare more than two decades ago and beginning July 1st, Louisiana is renaming its program to Healthy Louisiana.

Over the coming months Coloradans will see and hear more about Health First Colorado through grant-funded advertising across digital platforms, transit and radio. For more information on finding a doctor, benefits, how to apply and more, please visit www.HealthFirstColorado.com.

Click here for a recorded webinar about the name change.

About the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

The Department administers Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) and Child Health Plan Plus as well as a variety of other programs for low income Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, visit Colorado.gov/HCPF.

Source: Health First Colorado

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