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Registration open for August Level 1s

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative has two Level 1 courses scheduled for August! We are coming to Salida, CO, for the first time, and we have just scheduled a Denver metro Level 1 in Arvada.
Patient Navigator Fundamentals is a hybrid course designed to improve basic patient navigation skills. This comprehensive course is introductory “Level 1” training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.
Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Salida, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 8-10
Location: Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 County Road 120, Salida
Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Arvada, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 22-24
Location: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada
Register Here

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

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

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

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

Register here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Email with any questions.

Source:  Native American Cancer Research Corporation

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Youth Mental Health First Aid – training opportunities

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

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

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

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

Source: Denver Housing Authority


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Registration open for spring PN/CHW/PdS Alliance meeting

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

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

The deadline to register is March 30.

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

Feature Presentation….

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

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

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


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



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Colorado Health Literacy Coalition plans networking event for April

Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Networking Event

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

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


QUESTIONS? Contact Dana Abbey at

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition 

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Job opportunity: Patient Navigator at Asian Pacific Development Center

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


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

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

Click here for full job description.

Source: Asian Pacific Development Center

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Upcoming training: Working with Children from Addicted Homes

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

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

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

Evidence-Based Learning Objectives

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

Source: Human Services Network of Colorado

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Level 1 offered in December in South Denver

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

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

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

Register for Patient Navigator Fundamentals


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Mental Health First Aid offered Nov 15 in Aurora

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

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

You will learn:

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

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

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

Source: Aurora Mental Health

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Denver Housing Authority hiring program specialist, care 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.


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: 
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

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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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
: 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


  • 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!


  • Conference fee: $50 (includes CEUs, breakfast, and lunch).
  • Discounted fee: $25 for students and navigators (includes breakfast and lunch)
  • Contact 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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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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“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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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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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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