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Native patient navigator training – workshops in September

The Native American Cancer Research Corporation is offering a series of workshops in September 2017. Participants can elect to attend  1, 2, or 3, or any combination or days of trainings.

This training focuses on motivational interviewing, team work and collaboration, confidentiality and privacy and professionalism. Each topic area will include participant interactivities or practical exercises.

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2017

  • Training 1 – Day 1 and 2 – September 11-12: Cancer Content (13 hours and 30 minutes continuing education)
  • Training 2 – Days 3 and 4 – September 13-14: Patient Navigation Communication, Outreach, Literacy and Materials (13 hours and 30 minutes continuing education)
  • Training 3 – Day 5, September 15: Motivational Interviewing (6 hours and certificate upon completion)

LocationHoliday Inn, 7390 West Hampton Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80227; 303-980-9200

  • All participants need to support their own travel and lodging expenses

Cost: Registration fee is $220 per day per participant.

Click here for registration form

Email  with any questions.

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Social Determinants of Health – Fall course just announced!

Our very popular 2-day course, Social Determinants and Health Equity: Widening the Lens of Health Promotion, has been scheduled for September.


This course will examine the effects of social determinants of health such as economic status, stigma, homophobia, racism and other social and political issues on risk, prevalence, and access to services.  A model and continuum of approaches will be introduced to assist prevention and care providers with implementation strategies to address these concerns.  Participants will become familiar with strategies for improving health equity so that individuals are more empowered to make healthy choices regardless of their living condition, income, sexual orientation or ethnic background.


This course is delivered by our partners, Denver Prevention Training Center.


Social Determinants and Health Equity

When: 9 am- 5 pm Sept. 28-29, 2017

Where: Community First Foundation, Arvada

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Register today for the PN CHW PdS Alliance Summer Gathering

Summer PN CHW PdS Alliance meeting
When: 11 am-1 pm July 27
Where: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Education 2 North Building or remotely via Zoom

This meeting will feature a special presentation by our very own PNTC director Patricia Valverde on Ethical Issues and Considerations in PN CHW and PdS Work.

Dr. Valverde  is an instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Director of the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. She has extensive experience in research and program management in the areas of community outreach and patient navigation. She is a leader in local, national, and international patient navigation efforts.

Please remember that you must register in advance. We encourage you all to join us in person, however remote access via Zoom will be available as well. To register for this meeting, please click here.

PN CHW PdS Alliance Portal

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Need help applying for a grant? Check out our Evaluation course

Need help preparing for a grant application/Request for Proposal (RFP)? This upcoming evaluation workshop is for you! 

Using Evaluation for Program Improvement for Patient Navigation
When: 9 am-5 pm, Aug. 2-3, 2017
Where: Arvada, CO
Register Here

Are your patient navigators making a difference in your practice? Is your organization truly reaching its goals? One way to determine the success of your organization or program is to use evaluation. But where do you begin?

This two-day Evaluation course is designed to meet the needs of Patient Navigator supervisors who want to increase basic evaluation skills and develop an evaluation plan for your needs. Participants will learn to use evaluation to improve prevention interventions; define common evaluation terms; use logic models to describe interventions; identify steps to prepare for evaluation, and have the opportunity to work on a personal evaluation plan for the upcoming grant year with a Ph.D-level evaluator.

This Level 3 course is designed for patient navigator supervisors, managers, and directors.

This course is offered by the Denver Prevention Training Center.

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Denver Housing Authority hiring Patient Navigator

The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) seeks a Patient Navigator to provide health care systems navigation for DHA residents seeking health care. Duties include designing and implementing health related programs, guiding residents through the health care system, helping residents to complete their insurance paperwork, assisting residents in obtaining financial help for their medical services, directing residents to their health care services for further diagnosis and treatment, identifying local resources and support, and keeping track of and helping residents get to their appointments.

This position pays $18.00/hr. with limited benefits.

Requires a four (4) year degree in social work, sociology, psychology, Human Services or related field, one (1) year experience in community involvement/organizing work, and experience working as a Community Health Worker or Patient Navigator.

Experience with low income, culturally diverse populations is required as well as experience in writing grant applications, grant monitoring, reporting and/or evaluation. A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirement. A valid Colorado driver license and an acceptable driving record as outlined by DHA’s personnel policy are also required. Must have a working vehicle.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply in person between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., fax your resume to (720) 932-3005 or email to

Applications are available at (printing only). Applications and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications filed previously will not apply to this posting; a new one must be submitted. Please specify the position for which you are applying. No phone calls please.

777 Grant Street, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80203


Source: DHA

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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
Register Here

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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