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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: (link is external)



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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: Priority will be given to applications received prior to August 17, 2016. Please contact Marisa Piepenbrink at 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:

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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

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

Source: Health First Colorado

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Registration open for Level 1 in August

logo_vecRegistration is now open for our upcoming Level 1 course, Patient Navigator Fundamentals. This course will cover PN basic skills such as patient communication, health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing. This course will fill up fast, so sign up today!


Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals
Date/Time: Aug. 8, 9, & 10, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Location: Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood Campus, 13300 W 6th Ave., Room EA 1013, Lakewood, CO 80228

Click here to register.



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Colon cancer webinar July 20 geared toward Spanish speakers

CC AllianceThe Colon Cancer Alliance Conversations Webinar Series will be hosting its first webinar geared specifically toward Spanish speakers. The webinar will discuss the importance of starting the conversation about colon cancer, early detection and treatment options. The webinar will take place on July 20, 2016 at 5 p.m. MDT (7 p.m. EDT). Both the lecture and accompanying presentation will be in Spanish.

Register for La prevención, detección y tratamiento de cáncer de colon metastásico here.

El cáncer de colon es la segunda causa de muerte por el cáncer, sin embargo, el tema es tabú para muchas familias. Únase a este seminario gratuito para aprender cómo prevenir, detectar y tratar el cáncer de colon. Con la información correcta podrá comenzar la conversación con sus seres queridos. También aprenderá las opciones para el tratamiento de la enfermedad avanzada, específicamente el uso de las microesferas de resina con Y-90 SIR-Spheres® una forma innovadora de radioterapia local para el tratamiento de tumores metastáticos no resecables limitados al hígado. Si se le diagnostica la enfermedad avanzada, conocer las opciones es fundamental para que usted y su médico puedan tomar decisiones de tratamiento. Todos los participantes recibirán un link para acceder al seminario. ¡Regístrese hoy!

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PN community gathers to share news, shape vision for workforce

20160708_140227More than 110 people from around the state participated in the Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance Summer Meeting on July 8. The conference room at the COPIC insurance offices in Lowry was packed, and dozens more people joined via web connection to hear all the latest updates on PN/CHW/PdS news in Colorado.

The meeting was held to re-launch the Alliance (formerly called the Collaborative, but a separate organization than the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative) and convene the CHW, PN and PdS community to share opportunities to advance and sustain initiatives in Colorado.

Updates included:

Patient Navigator Training Collaborative: The PNTC has been offering trainings throughout the state since 2006. The training program has grown each year and trains hundreds of people per year in both basic skills and advanced curriculum.

“We do focus on the role of navigation – even if it’s not done by a patient navigator. So we try to make sure our content is relevant whether you’re called a community health worker, care coordinator, case manager… which is kind of a shift than previously,” said Patricia Valverde, PNTC director.

Otero Junior College: Located in La Junta, CO, Otero offers a 1-year Community Health Worker Certificate. This counts toward a Health Navigator Associate’s degree, and the college is working with four-year partners to articulate this into an bachelors’ degree.

“We have been very successful in reaching those underserved populations as our students. We are very excited about the number of first generation student who are coming to our classes,” said Kaysie Schmidt, OJC Health Navigation faculty member. The program plans to launch a distance learning option in the fall to expand reach outside the region.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Workforce Initiative: This effort is to establish a competency-based credentialing program and registry for the state’s rapidly growing patient navigator workforce.

There are countless titles given to people performing navigation activities, but “They are really known for their ability to facilitate access to care, improvements in the quality of care and cultural competence in that care,” said Pat Uris, senior consultant for CDPHE’s Prevention Services Division.

The initiative aims to define the competencies and standardize the training for these unlicensed personnel to add a layer of protection for patients and employers, Uris said. Both the credentialed training program and the patient navigator registry will be voluntary. Initiative members envision that a navigator will learn a standard set of basic skills and pass a competency test, which will earn them a place on the registry.

Health Care Policy and Finance: Rocky Mountain Health Plans shared activities from the Regional Care Collaborative efforts, such as project on the Western Slope using navigators to work with clients one-on-one with the goal of reducing ER utilization rates.

In addition, the Colorado Regional Health Connectors program gave an update on their efforts. Regional Health Connectors  or RHCs are dedicated to improving the coordination of local services to advance health. The work of each RHC will be driven by the unique needs of their region. The common goal of the RHC program is to identify and address gaps in a comprehensive environment of care by enabling primary care practices to address all the determinants of health and by removing common obstacles between doctor’s recommendations and a patient’s daily life.

After the updates from the various organizations involved in PN work, participants met in small groups and gave feedback on the proposed Alliance Mission and Charter document.

The Alliance was formed in 2012 as a grassroots organization in an effort to align all of the various patient navigator/community health worker/promotoras groups in Colorado and identify and develop a sustainable model for this important work. The statewide coalition is composed of local and state agencies, advocacy groups, philanthropic organizations and public and private health plan representatives.

Up Next

  • If you participated in the meeting and would like to share your thoughts, click here for a post-meeting survey.
  • The next all-member CHW PN and PdS Alliance meeting date will be announced by early August. The group plans to meet quarterly.
  • If you are interested in joining in the CHW Competencies Workgroup, this meeting will be held on August 8, 2016, from 1-2:30 pm via Zoom Connection (this webconnection modality has option for phone and computer). Email Andi Dwyer if you would like to join at

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New tool available to help with health insurance literacy

health_literacyThe Colorado Health Foundation and a number of partners recently launched a tool to help healthcare stakeholders with messaging around health insurance literacy. The tool uses unified messaging about health insurance literacy that is based on topics which are aligned with the enrollment calendar. This unified messaging is intended to improve retention of the information, especially when consumers are hearing it from multiple sources.

The tool, which is hosted by CoveredHQ, provides top-line messages, sample content for newsletters and social media, resources to link to and messaging is provided in English and Spanish. CoveredHQ is a “one-stop-shop” where health coverage guides and other stakeholders can find resources on health insurance literacy.

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition 

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Native Patient Navigation course to be offered in August

Native PicNative American Cancer Research (NACR) proudly announces a training course on Native Patient Navigation that includes American Indian Cultural Competency training, along with other sessions that address competency standards for patient  navigators.

Date: Aug. 15-17, 2016
Location: 3605 S. Hampden Ave. (Wadsworth & Hampden), Denver, CO
Fee: $550

The attached overview of the 2.5-day training outlines the course content as well as the location, schedule, and expectations for participants. To register, complete the form and email to

Native American Cancer Research is a leader  in the field of American Indian cultural patient navigation, focusing on cancer patient navigation.  The course has been designed to provide the new patient navigator basic skills necessary to begin providing patient navigation to patients while under the supervision of or in partnership with a clinical partner.  The course will also provide current nurses, CN, lay individuals, and family members a guideline for establishing a patient navigation program or for providing patient navigation for a family member.

Go to the Native American Cancer Research website to learn more about NACR and the training and outreach work that has been done over the last twenty years.  Register early to hold your slot.  Payment is due with the registration by Aug 1, 2016.  Course perfect for Community Health Representatives, Nurses, Community Health Aides, and other interested in learning more about Native Patient Navigation.

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.  This training focuses on cancer patient navigation with American Indian patients.

Course Instructors:  The course will be taught by a staff of four individuals including Linda Burhansstipanov, DrPH, MSPH, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, who has been a leader nationally in patient navigation since the early 1990s, working with Dr. Harold Freeman and others to first do research on patient navigation and give guidance and direction to others working in the field;  Linda U Krebs, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, a professional nurse and educator who has provided cancer care for over 35 years and has worked with the AI community for over twenty; Lisa D. Harjo, MAEd, a well-known trainer and health educator who has worked in the field for over 16 years and has helped develop curriculum for patient navigation programs in many tribes and communities; and Corrie Santos, PhD Ed, who did her dissertation with patient navigation throughout the country.


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PNTC trainer visits White House to advocate for cancer research

Andi picAndrea (Andi) Dwyer, a trainer for the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative and co-director of the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, recently visited Washington, D.C., and met with White House officials to discuss colorectal cancer advocacy. She is pictured here (at center) with Amy Williams (right), National Cancer Institute, Acting Director Office of Advocacy, and Patrick Mahoney (left), Advocacy Relations Manager Office of Advocacy.

Here is Andi’s blog about the experience:

It’s not every day you check your voice mail to learn that you are being invited to the White House to share your experience. It was my first and it was fantastic experience.  The invite came from the National Cancer Institute, following up on research advocacy and work I’ve led in partnership with University of Colorado and Fight Colorectal Cancer.

This voice message held a special invite to come to the White House with a special team of the Vice President’s Moonshot Program, to share experiences with linking to patients clinical trials. I was invited because of my connection with Fight CRC and efforts at University of Colorado as we’ve tackled this extremely complex but necessary effort.  Specifically, to think about how the current search engine tools in the field and how can be enhanced to help patients, clinicians, caregivers and anyone looking for a clinical trial in cancer might connect.

There is a lot of fantastic work outlined in the Moonshot program, much of it centered on connecting and improving resources that are already in existence, and dedicated conversations to be sure this effort continues on even beyond this administration.

Prior to my White House meeting, I connected with leadership here at CU, with Fight CRC, the Colorado Cancer Coalition and community to be sure to integrate ideas and experiences from a broad perspective and all of these groups are primed to take active steps to move the needle in this area.  I will continue to infuse these ideas with the NCI, additional Moonshot Initiatives and most importantly, ensure these efforts truly engage and help patients who are in need in Colorado and with Fight CRC.

Reposted with permission from the University of Colorado Cancer Center blog.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado hiring a Community Health Liaison


The Community Health Liaison (CHL) is a frontline health educator who has an in-depth knowledge of the community he/she serves. The CHL serves as a link between health and social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

This position is part of the Just Keep Breathing grant and will be making home visits to high risk asthma patients and their families. This position will educate families about asthma and help connect them to care.


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.

• Serves as liaison between program, department, Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) and families in community settings.

• Provides education and facilitates access to services for CHCO patients, families and community partners.

• Delivers, supports and builds relationships with targeted families.

• Assists in meeting population health goals by linking families and communities to essential health resources.

• Provides assistance, support and coaching to other CHL staff.

• Continues participation in the CHL training program which is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the CHL.

• Participates in local, state, regional and national efforts related to community health and outreach.


EDUCATION – Associate’s degree in healthcare, community relations, social services or other related field.

EXPERIENCE – One year relevant experience.

EQUIVALENCY – Relevant experience, in addition to the required experience, will substitute for the Associate’s degree on a year-for-year basis.

Apply online at

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Details announced for CHW/PN/PdS Alliance meeting on July 8

confYou are invited to the Community Health Worker, Patient Navigator, Promotor de Salud Alliance meeting to be held July 8 from 1-4 p.m. The tentative agenda is below. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Alliance work to-date and our plan to advance our collective efforts in Colorado, for CHW, PN and PdS efforts. We are seeking attendance and input statewide. We hope you can attend. Please feel free to distribute this invite within your networks.

You can join the meeting remotely or in-person on July 8, 1-4 p.m.

COPIC Offices
7351 E. Lowry Blvd
Denver, CO 80230

Please RSVP here for this meeting. The final agenda and further details (including remote connections info) about the meeting will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance

Summer Meeting, July 8, 2016 1:00-4:00 pm

COPIC-7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Ste. 400

Denver, CO 80230

(Remote Connection Information Forthcoming)

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Goals of Meeting

a. Update members on the progress and changes to the Alliance

b. Share policy changes and efforts occurring nationally and in Colorado

c. Elicit feedback from the PN, CHW and PdS community in shaping the vision and the direction of the Alliance

d. Discuss the future of the Alliance activities

III. Progress and Changes to the Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance

a. Share brief history of Alliance

b. Update on changes to the Alliance leadership, structure, and name

c. Infrastructure-CH
W PN PdS Portal and Website-Powered by 2-1-1

IV. Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance State and National Landscape

a. Overview of national and state efforts affecting Patient Navigator, Community Health Worker and Promotor de Salud Alliance

b. Colorado Opportunities: Panel Presentation

* Training Opportunities

* Workforce Development Initiatives

* Statewide Initiatives

c. Audience Involvement

V. Network Break and Partner Updates

VI. Shaping the Vision and the Direction of the Alliance

a. Brief overview of Alliance Mission and Operating Guidelines:

b. Small group/table discussions of the Mission and Operating Guidelines:

i. Based on the state and national landscape, which aspects of plan align with these efforts?

ii. What areas need to be changed/adapted?

iii. What are your ideas for areas of focus not included in the mission and operating guidelines?

c. Small group report-outs of top 2-3 reflections/feedback on mission and operating guidelines

VII.Next steps for Alliance

d. Quarterly meetings

e. Fall convening

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Events and resources for Men’s Health Month

13139143_934591879994419_8324526716091516269_nJune is all about the guys: It is Men’s Health Month, and June 13-19 is Men’s Health Week. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, according to  Here are a few webinars and resources to check out:

Men’s Health Week Twitter Chat On African American Men’s Mental Health
Date/Time: June 16, 9-10 am MST/11-12 pm EST
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among African American men ages 15 to 24 years old. Left untreated, mental disorders can also make African American men more vulnerable to substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and homicide.

In recognition of National Men’s Health Week, we invite you to join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and NIMHD for a Twitter chat to discuss African American men’s mental health. NIMH expert Matthew Rudorfer, M.D., and NIMHD expert Courtney Ferrell Aklin, Ph.D., will be on hand to answer your questions regarding this important topic. Use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow along!

Men and Lupus Webinar for Men’s Health Month
Date/Time: June 15, 1 pm MST/3 pm EST
This webinar will explain how lupus presents in men in comparison to women; describe racial/ethnic differences in men with lupus; and explore the importance of early diagnosis of lupus in men. Although lupus mostly impacts women of childbearing age, men and children can develop lupus. The one-hour webinar offers 1 CHES credit. Click here for more info and to register.

Men’s Health Month website

Celebrate National Men’s Health Week – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Manly Myths Quiz – Web MD

Know What Men’s Health Screenings You Need – Military Health Systems Communications Office

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Evidence-Based Public Health online training series

evidence basedThe Northwest and Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Centers invite public health professionals from around the country to participate in a unique, online training series, which will cover core concepts like:

  • defining public health issues
  • conducting community assessments
  • prioritizing options
  • evaluating program and policy impacts

Two Learning Options: 
Choose the one that best fits your learning style and/or schedule.

Blended Learning

  • A facilitator will lead guided discussions and activities related to the online content with the cohort of participants.
  • The topic expert from the recorded lecture will also be on hand to answer questions and engage in the discussion.
  • These sessions provide an opportunity for participants to connect evidence-based decision making concepts to their daily work.

The Blended Learning Series meets bi-weekly from June 21 –  July 26, 2016.

Participants will watch recorded lectures by topic experts and in some cases complete supplemental readings or do an activity.

Click here for more information or to sign up today!

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Webinar on social determinants of health offered June 7

CCHNMaria Casaverde Marin and Taylor Miranda, Quality Improvement Specialists at Colorado Community Health Network, will discuss how care coordinators within community health centers are well positioned to address social determinants of health (SDoH) among their patients. We will be providing tools and resources for conducting needs assessments, identifying local partners, compiling resource lists, and implementing SDoH screening and referral workflows in community health centers.


The Role of Care Coordinators in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Date/Time: June 7, 2016, at 11 a.m.

To Join the Meeting:
In your web browser, go to:

When greeted by the login screen, enter your name and click on ‘Enter Room.’ You do not need a username or password. When prompted, select ‘Listen Only.’

If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Johanna Gelderman, at


This is offered as part of the Advanced Clinical Transformation (ACT) monthly conference call. Please note there will be no ACT Monthly Conference Calls in July or August 2016.

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Save the date: Patient Navigator/CHW Alliance meeting

confThe Colorado Community Health Worker (CHW), Patient Navigator (PN) and Promotore de Salud (PdS) Alliance is hosting a meeting on Friday July 8, 2016, from 1-4 p.m, in Denver.

Meeting Goal: Convene the CHW, PN and PdS Community to shape vision and direction of the Alliance.

This meeting will be held in metro Denver with web connection for those who need to attend remotely. We hope to ensure this July 8 discussion is statewide, to include all Colorado regions.

The meeting agenda, exact location of meeting and how to connect remotely will be provided soon. Thank you all for your interest in the work and building momentum for the future.

If you have colleagues or you wish to join the Alliance listserv directly and are not currently on the distribution list, please click here  to add your contact information.

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FDA announces new nutrition facts label

FDA2Flip over your favorite packaged snack food and you’ll be sure to spot the nutrition facts label, detailing serving size, calories, fat and other key clues to the item’s nutritional content. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced key changes to this label, with the aim of helping people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at a press conference held May 20 to unveil the new label. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

Most food manufacturers will be required to use the new label by July 26, 2018. Efforts to update the label, introduced more than 20 years ago, have been the works for about 2 years.

Changes include:

  • Serving sizes: Ever look closely at this one to realize a “serving” is just 10 chips, and you’ve eaten half the bag? Serving sizes have been updated to reflect what people actually eat, not what companies think they should be eating. By law, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act requires that serving sizes be based on what people actually eat.
  • Added sugars: This is a brand-new category added in the wake of updated dietary guidelines encouraging Americans to cut back on added sugars. This category lets consumers know how much sugar has been added to product versus naturally occurring sugars (such as in lactose).
  • Odd-size packages: For items that are between one and two servings, such as a 20-oz soda, the calories and other nutrients will be labeled as one serving.
  • Multi-serving products: Some labels will include dual columns to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain multi-serving food products that could be consumed in one sitting, (Ben and Jerry’s, anyone?)
  • Updated daily values: This includes nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D, consistent with Institute of Medicine recommendations and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed and are used to calculate the “% DV” included on the label.
  • Vitamin D and potassium: This nutrients now include the actual gram amount, in addition to the % DV. “These are nutrients that some people are not getting enough of, which puts them at higher risk for chronic disease,” according to the FDA.

More information:

Here’s a first look at the FDA’s new nutrition label — and 10 reasons why it’s different from the old (Washington Post)

FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods (FDA press release)

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