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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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Upcoming advanced workshops in Pueblo

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The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is holding two advanced workshops in Pueblo at the beginning of June. See more details and links to sign up below!

Advanced Health Behavior Change (Level 2) is a must if you work with clients on behavior change.  This course provides tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control. This workshop is highly interactive and you will walk away with plenty of resources.

Are you a patient navigator supervisor or looking to become one? Check out our Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program workshop. This Level 3 course course provides a basic understanding of the patient navigator (PN) intervention model, reviews challenges facing PN program managers and provides strategies for an effective PN program.

Advanced Health Behavior Change – Pueblo
Date/Time: June 1, 2016, 9 am-5 pm
Location: Southeastern Area Health Education Center, 503 N Main St, Pueblo CO
Register Here

Patient Navigator Supervisor: Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program – Pueblo
Date/Time: June 2, 2016, 9 am-5 pm
Location: Southeastern Area Health Education Center, 503 N Main St, Pueblo CO
Register Here

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Job opportunity: Promotoras de Salud needed for outreach in Denver

pp logoPlanned Parenthood  of the Rocky Mountains is recruiting part-time, hourly, Promotoras de Salud.

The role of the Promotora is critical to the successful community outreach and delivery of reproductive health knowledge, while increasing the access to community and health services through the delivery of peer education via “platicas.”

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, committed to the reproductive health needs in the Latino Community and possess the following qualifications:

  • High comfort level in discussing sexuality.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Group facilitation and community outreach skills.
  • Reading and writing in Spanish and English strongly preferred; fluency in spoken Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Bi-cultural required.
  • Experience in community work, education, health care, or related field preferred.
  • Basic MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint computer skills required.
  • Reliable transportation required.

It is preferred for candidates to reside in one of the following zip codes: 80219, 80223, or 80204.

Interested applicants may click here for additional information or to directly apply for the position(s),

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Share your knowledge: Focus group participants needed

logo_vecThe Patient Navigation Training Collaborative (PNTC) is collaborating with researchers in other states to conduct focus groups around the country on patient navigator skills and knowledge needed for the patient navigator role. This will help inform patient navigator training at a national level.

Please help us represent patient navigation in Colorado by participating in one of two focus groups offered.

We are looking for lay patient navigators to participate in a study that will help us make recommendations for NATIONAL patient navigation training.

Study Purpose:

  • To conduct focus groups to better understand what patient navigators need to know to do their jobs.



Eligibility for participation in one of these focus groups is:

  • Lay (non-nurse/social worker) patient navigators located in Colorado;
  • age 18 years or older;
  • able to speak and read English.

Study Participation Includes:

  • Taking part in a 1-2 hour in-person focus group exploring the skills that patient navigators are required to have to do their job; and
  • Completion of a demographic questionnaire.


  • $25 gift cards will be provided to all study participants.

Questions? Email Patti Valverde at or Andi Dwyer at

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Request for nominations: Organizations working to address health literacy

Researchers at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Colorado School of Public Health, are conducting a research project aimed at developing quality improvement measures assessing organizational health literacy (OHL). Are you working to enhance health literacy, or do you know an organization that is? See below for project details and how to get involved.

Project overview: The objective of this project is to identify and conduct preliminary validation testing of a set of quality measures that can be used to assess the health literacy environment of a health care organization and monitor progress made through implementation of OHL-related quality improvement activities. This effort will result in establishment of a set of OHL quality measures that reflects patient priorities, has expert support, and is recommended for formal psychometric testing.

 Project activities: As part of this project, we are seeking to interview approximately 25 health care organizations around the country that are doing work to enhance (1) patient understanding of health information, (2) patient navigation of the physical environment and of the health care system, and/or (3) patient engagement and self-management.  We would like to invite you to nominate health care one or more organizations in your region (or beyond) that you know to be actively engaged in implementing interventions addressing these 3 priority areas (self-nominations will be accepted).

To submit a nomination, please email by Wednesday, April 13th  with the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Organization location
  • Contact (name, email, and phone if available)
  • Brief description of the types of efforts in which the organization is engaged

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Sign up today for Mental Health First Aid

MHFAThe Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is pleased to partner with Lucille (Johnson) Campbell, to offer Mental Health First Aid training.

Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.

Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially patient navigators! Sign up today for this free training! MHFA will be offered from 8 am – 5 pm on the following days:

April 12 – Register Here

April 19 – Register Here (rescheduled date from March 24)

Here’s what you can expect to learn at the training:

  • What are common mental health disorders? What do they look and feel like?
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse emergencies
  • A five-step action plan to connect people in crisis to support systems
  • Myth busting and fact sharing about mental health and emotional challenges
  • Non-judgmental communication and listening skills
  • Local, state, and national behavioral health resources

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Colorado School of Public Health to host Minority Health Summit on April 29

school of public health logo In honor of National Minority Health Month, the Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health will host the Minority Health Summit: Time for Action! Accelerating Health Equity in Colorado on April 29, 2016 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  This action-oriented, full-day event will highlight health issues of concern for people of color and will feature keynote speaker Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; topical panels, skill-building sessions, and networking between students and professionals.

The Summit is free, and lunch will be provided.  Space is limited, so please register today!

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Questions about Medicare? Tune into webinar on March 17

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Join us for the CMS National Training Program

Understanding Medicare Webinar

March 17, 2016

1:00 – 3:00 pm ET/11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT


Do you have questions about Medicare? Want to help your clients access resources such as Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP? Join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or a webinar on March 17. This webinar will provide:

  • an overview of the Medicare program
  • a brief introduction to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace
  • key resources for these programs

Click here to register.


Source: CMS

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Navigators invited to colorectal cancer forum in Pueblo this spring

CCSP LogoPlease indicate preferred date on Doodle poll below

The Colorado Colorectal Screening Screening Program  at the University of Colorado Cancer Center will be heading to Pueblo for a CCSP Regional Forum with our clinic partners, patient navigators and community partners this spring.  The intent is to ensure we are linking the Central and Eastern Southern Colorado communities with the resources CCSP offers our partners statewide.

We are still deciding exactly the date and location in Pueblo (most central spot) but hoping for early May to host this event.  Please let us know which dates and times might work best for you and your team.  If possible, please circulate this informational flyer within your networks.  We will announce a specific date and time once we know what works for most!  We will be providing travel scholarships for participating clinic partners.

Please include name and agency when responding!

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Space still available in upcoming Level 2 course

logo_vecLooking to improve your patient navigation skills? There’s still space available in our February Level 2 course. See below for details.

Advanced Care Coordination – Feb. 18
Location: Society of Certified Senior Advisors
720 S. Colorado Blvd. #750-N, Denver, CO

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.

Register here

Note: Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2 courses.

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Learning opportunity: Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers

D4HA free learning opportunity for supervisors/managers of patient navigation/community health worker/promotora programs.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Noon – 1:30 PM Mountain Time

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have gained increased recognition and awareness since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Many states that were funded through Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) Health Care Innovation Awards (HCIA) and State Innovation Model (SIM) awards are turning to CHWs to help transform the delivery of health care in their respective states.

Utilization of CHW’s has historically been supported through grant funding. However, as more states come to understand the value of CHW’s as a means of improving health outcomes through care coordination, preventive care, and community-based engagement activities, they are looking for sustainable financing strategies, including Medicaid.

This Web Forum will feature speakers from state agencies in Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania who will provide valuable insight into how they have approached sustainable financing levers for CHWs, such as the recent preventive service rule change (440.130), managed care contracting, and health homes.

Register Here

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Learn more about health insurance literacy at webinar on Feb. 10

literacyToday more people have access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Yet, many people struggle to understand how health insurance works.  Health insurance literacy has been defined as the “degree to which individuals have the knowledge, ability, and confidence to evaluate information about health plans, select the best plan for their financial and health circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled” (Consumers Union, February 2012).  This webinar will provide useful resources and practical steps to improve health insurance literacy.

Join the Colorado Health Literacy Coalition in an interactive webinar from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 10  to learn more about health insurance literacy, including:

  • The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and current health insurance literacy resources
  • Experimenting with ways to explain health insurance terms
  • Empowering patients to get the most out of their plans


Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). Adam has worked with the (CCHI) for the past 4.5 years, overseeing all communications, media, website, and engagement strategies to ensure CCHI’s policy and education goals are achieved. Adam enjoys creating and implementing new, creative initiatives and taking opportunities to amplify the strength of CCHI’s membership coalition. He is best known for creating the viral “Got Insurance?” social media campaign to raise awareness about ACA enrollment in 2013.

This webinar is available free of charge but advanced registration is required.

Register at

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition 

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Patient navigator courses coming your way in 2016

logo_vecHere’s a preview of patient navigator training opportunities offered by PNTC during the first half of 2016


Level 1

In February, Level 1, Patient Navigator Fundamentals, will be offered in both Pueblo and Denver.  In March, we’ll take Level 1 north to Fort Collins. In the spring, Level 1’s will be offered in Colorado Springs, on the Western Slope and in metro Denver. Dates and exact locations are TBD – stay tuned!

Level 2

Advanced Health Behavior Change will be offered in in February and April (the January course is already full!). This course focuses on chronic disease prevention and control. Advanced Care Coordination, which prepares navigators to offer high quality, patient-centered care, will be offered Feb. 18.


For those looking for an online course, the next installment of Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease (a Level 2 course) kicks off on May 8. This is an instructor-led course with weekly required participation. More info here.

You can enrich your knowledge at any time with our free, self-paced eLearning courses. Topics include preventive healthcare, introduction to chronic disease, and clinical trials and patient navigation.

We are constantly adding new training opportunities. Our News, Facebook and Twitter pages are a great way to stay updated when courses are added.  The Events Calendar lists our most current schedule. If a course is not listed, a date has not been set and we will not be able to answer questions about upcoming course dates.

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Colorado Patient Navigator Training Collaborative awarded $1.5 million grant

049Grant enable program to continue to offer free workshops to Colorado Patient Navigators over the next three years

A 41-year-old patient came to the physical therapy office saying he just wanted his knee pain gone. The Mexican national had been out of work for nearly 12 months and was worried he would get evicted if he could not return to his job in interior design.

The patient became upset when the PT office had the wrong information. Someone in the office called Veronica Morales, a patient health navigator and the care coordination team lead at Mountain Family Health Centers in Glenwood Springs. Thus began a relationship that was equal parts coach and advocate.

Morales helped the patient get physical therapy and also treatment for his underlying problem: HIV. Several weeks later, when the patient was hospitalized for complications from HIV, another mix-up had him being discharged to his home, instead of to a nursing home as was specified by his physician. Morales stepped in to clear up the miscommunication, possibly saving his life.

“Patient navigators knit together a fragmented health care system,” says Patricia Valverde, MPH, PhD, an instructor in the Community and Behavioral Health department at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) and director of the Colorado Patient Navigator Training Collaborative, which includes ColoradoSPH’s Center for Public Health Practice, the Denver Health Prevention Training Center, and Red Rocks Community College. The Collaborative is one of only two training programs in the country that specialize in patient navigation.

Valverde, a founding member of the Collaborative, ​has been training patient navigators for nearly a decade. She will continue to do so thanks to a new three-year, $1.5 million Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease grant from Colorado’s tobacco revenue fund.

The grant will enable the Collaborative to continue training navigators like Morales. Trainees include new and experienced navigators, social workers, nurses and community healthcare workers. Over the course of the previous three-year grant, nearly 1,300 trainees attended the Collaborative’s workshops.

Colorado residents can take workshops free of charge, while a small fee applies to out-of-state participants.

Story by Michael Ennis of Brand Communications, LLC, for the Colorado School of Public Health. Read full story here

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CDC announces new resource for public health communicators

cdc-logoIn the United States, 9 in 10 adults may have problems understanding and using common health information. By using CDC’s new resource, Everyday Words for Public Health Communication, you can ensure that your organization’s communications are clearer and easier to understand.

Everyday Words provides:

  • Substitute terms
  • Real-life examples of complex public health language
  • Revised wording
  • Tips to reinforce meaning and avoid other common pitfalls

Everyday Words is a result of years of CDC communication experience, formative research, and testing with diverse audiences.

Visit CDC’s health literacy website for more information about Everyday Words, training, and other health literacy resources you can use.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Non licensed navigators needed to pilot-test patient scenarios

045Experienced, non-licensed (non nurse/social worker) patient navigators are needed to help pilot-test the state’s future PN skills exam on Jan. 23, 2016, at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This pilot test requires PNs to work with professional patient actors using real-life patient scenarios.

PN volunteers will be asked to meet with up to 15 patient actors during a 3.5-hour session. Participants will receive a Certificate of Appreciation documenting participation in the event. Free parking and lunch will be provided, as well as a $25 gift card.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is working to establish voluntary credentialing for lay patient navigator educational/training programs and create a state-managed registry of PNs who have successfully completed the training program and/or skills test in Colorado.

CDPHE has partnered with the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) on the Anschutz Campus to test these patient scenarios using the same process that CAPE uses to evaluate physicians and other licensed providers’ ability to work with and communicate with patients.

Although the PNs at this pilot test will not be personally evaluated, don’t miss this opportunity to provide feedback and obtain experience related to the future testing procedures!

Personal auto expenses for mileage will be reimbursed as per state policy. For those who attend from outside of the Front Range metro area, travel and lodging may be provided (must be estimated and approved prior to participation). CDPHE has budgeted for unintended travel costs in case inclement weather impedes travel.

You are eligible to participate if you are an experienced non-licensed PN (other job titles may be used at your work place) performing such duties as:

  • Linking patients with services
  • Providing information and resources
  • Helping providers interact with patients
  • Offering health education and promoting behavior changes.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Pat Uris at 303.692.2577 or Response is required by Dec. 18, 2015.

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