Patient Navigator Training Collaborative Navigate to new knowledge and skills. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:48:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 81030388 Health Literacy workshop coming to Pueblo Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:41:54 +0000 Did you know that more than one-third of the US population has basic or below basic health literacy skills? The ability to understand, interpret, and process health information is known as health literacy. Patients need to understand health messages in order to make appropriate health decisions for themselves and family members, and patient navigators are essential in helping communicate this important information.

The Advanced Health Literacy course is designed to help Patient Navigators recognize patients with low health literacy and how to increase comprehension, readability, retention and apply skills to increase health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

This 1-day training will be highly interactive and activity based. By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of health education materials that are appropriate for your patients/clients.
  • Modify your verbal communication (e.g. word choice, explanations) to increase patient/client understanding of health-related information.
  • Use appropriate strategies to checking for understanding in order make sure that the patients/clients that you work understand important health information.

This workshop will be held in partnership with the Patient Navigator/ Community Health Worker/Promotor de Salud Alliance and will include a meeting over lunch featuring PN work and opportunity in Southern Colorado. The featured speaker will be Michelle East with Pueblo Community Health Center.

Advanced Health Literacy
When: 8:30-5 pm Oct. 10
Where: Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO

To register for the Oct. 10 Alliance meeting ONLY (not the Health Literacy course) click here.

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Fall courses announced – sign up today Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:11:32 +0000 Check out the Patient Navigator trainings coming your way this fall!

Social Determinants and Health Equity: Widening the Lens of Health Promotion

This two-day course will examine the effects of social determinants of health such as economic status, stigma, homophobia, racism and other social and political issues on risk, prevalence and access to services.  A continuum of approaches will be introduced to assist patient navigators with implementation strategies to address these concerns.
When: Sept 28 & 29
Where: Community First Foundation, Arvada, CO

Online Course: Social and Emotional Aspects of Disease

This 7-week online course helps patient navigators understand their role and how to help patients and their caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease. Course activities include readings, online tutorials, videos, quizzes and online discussions, plus three live learning sessions.
When: Sept 18-Nov 5

Advanced Motivational Interviewing

This Level 2 motivational interviewing (MI) course builds on the fundamental concepts and basic skills learned in the Patient Navigator Level 1 course. You will expand your skills related to the strategic use of questions and reflections to build upon and deepen client change talk.
When: Sept. 29
Where: Anschutz Health & Wellness Center, Aurora, CO

Facilitation Skills for Patient Navigators

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

When will you announce more Level 1 courses??
Don’t worry – more Level 1 opportunities for this fall are coming soon. Be the first to know about all the latest courses by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Exciting Changes Up Ahead!
The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is getting ready to unveil a new look for our web site! Stayed tuned for these exciting updates.

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Native patient navigator training – workshops in September Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:26:43 +0000 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.

Learn about colorectal cancer family history, genetics at western slope regional meeting Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:01:15 +0000 The Colorado Colorectal Screening Program is excited to announce its Western Slope training, featuring an afternoon discussion of Genetics and Family History in collaboration with the Colorado Cancer Coalition! We are extending this invitation to local clinics, navigators, providers and community agencies, with priority of agencies on the Western Slope. Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in learning about colorectal screening in CO (emphasis on Western Slope) and family history and genetics.  Attendees are welcome to stay for all or a portion of the meeting.

When: Thursday, Aug. 24, 8 am – 4:15 pm

Where: Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501

Please register using this link by Friday, Aug 11

Topics to be covered:

Morning -CCSP Partners encouraged to attend. All welcome :

– Colorectal Cancer screening best practices and updates

– Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation 101

– CCSP Data Collection and Evaluation

– Input on Western Slope barriers and needs

Afternoon Open to Everyone:

– Introduction to Colorado Cancer Coalition and Family History Task Force

– Cancer Genetics and Family History-What You Need to Know!

– A New Tool -Family History Tool Preview and Need Your Input

– Resources for Genetics and Family History in Colorado

]]> 6873 Social Determinants of Health – Fall course just announced! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:22:21 +0000

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

Register today for the PN CHW PdS Alliance Summer Gathering Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:43:20 +0000 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

Need help applying for a grant? Check out our Evaluation course Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:16:36 +0000 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.

Webinar: Working Effectively with an Interpreter Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:35:34 +0000

The Colorado Health Literacy Coalition (CHLC) is pleased to present the following webinar:

 Working Effectively with an Interpreter
When: 12-1 pm July 12

The Interpreter Network will review the requirements for interpretation in health care and the types of interpreters someone may work with. The Interpreter Network will also cover the basic responsibilities of an interpreter and the ethics for medical interpreters so that providers and those with frequent interpretation needs know what to expect, and know how to make the most out of an interpreted meeting.

Attendee Phone Number: 855.294.3011

Attendee Passcode: 744.090.5474

The Colorado Health Literacy Coalition promotes health literacy by providing resources, training and best practices through collaboration with organizations across the state.

Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition 

Funding opportunity: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:25:12 +0000 The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the release of the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Request for Applications (RFA #6342).

This five-year RFA is a combined effort of cancer prevention programs at the CDPHE to promote and improve prevention and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer among underserved Coloradans. The following programs have joined together to coordinate efforts across various cancer types and strategies:

  • Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC)
  • Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)
  • Comprehensive Cancer Program (CCP)

This funding opportunity incorporates many of the services previously provided through the Women’s Wellness Connection Clinical Services, Targeted Outreach and Care Coordination grants, and the Clinic Quality Improvement for Population Health Initiative. All eligible organizations are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

The application deadline is July 17, 2017, at noon MT. To download application materials and view more information on the application process,including eligibility to apply, please visit

Health Literacy Networking Event – June 26 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:23:19 +0000 Colorado Health Literacy Coalition Networking Event
Monday – June 26, 2017 – 6-8 pm
Stem Ciders – 2811 Walnut St #150, Denver, CO 80205
Register Here
Join us at Stem Ciders from 6-8 pm for conversation, cider, and kombucha (non-alcoholic). The fine folks at the cidery are offering attendees $1 off per cider.
Stem Ciders
2811 Walnut St #150, Denver, CO 80205
(720) 443-3007
Source: Colorado Health Literacy Coalition
Denver Housing Authority hiring Patient Navigator Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:42:33 +0000

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

Registration open for August Level 1s Thu, 25 May 2017 20:04:47 +0000 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

Faces of Patient Navigation: Paige’s Story Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:23:23 +0000 This profile was written by Alejandra Armenta, PNTC intern and public health/ethnic studies student at CU-Denver.

Denver Health is always searching for people passionate about helping others, and they have certainly found this in Paige Jackson. Jackson is a LGBTQ Patient Navigator at Denver Health, which is Colorado’s primary safety net hospital.

Jackson makes a difference in people’s lives every day, dedicating her time to helping members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities feel safe, confident, and secure when going to the doctor’s office.

Jackson spends many hours helping patients; she begins her day by checking her phone calls and emails.

“I am pretty busy with the phone. I get calls from people from out-of-state, and from people who are moving to Denver, who are in the LGBTQ community and they want to make sure they have a health care plan when they come to Denver,” she said.

When Jackson meets a new patient, she greets them with a caring smile and genuine questions. Jackson asks the patient their preferred pronoun and name. She assures the patient that the doctor they are seeing is familiar with LGBTQ patients, and this helps new patients feel safe and comfortable.

It is often difficult for Jackson’s clients to access health care treatment because of discrimination and fear. Many LGBTQ patients have had bad experiences with their provider that left them feeling ashamed and embarrassed, Jackson said.

“I think becoming a patient navigator is the most important thing I ever done in my entire life, and most emotionally rewarding.”

Jackson has a unique and beneficial perspective since she herself transitioned genders from male to female. She had two experiences with the health care system that inspired her to become a patient navigator for the LGBTQ community.

In 2014, Jackson had an emergency appendectomy procedure. She describes this experience as a painful, uncomfortable, and very unwelcoming.

“The medical treatment was great but the disrespect was amazing. I thought I was a pretty tough individual, but it was devastating,” she said. “I didn’t want to go back for my follow up visit, and I didn’t go back. It was an emotionally painful experience, and I felt like a medical record.”

Six months later, Jackson was involved in a car accident, and the paramedics took her to another hospital. Jackson had a completely different experience; she felt welcomed and respected.

“They used feminine pronouns…When they called ahead to the emergency room, they described me as female, and when I arrived to the emergency room my bracelet had female on it,” she said. “I walked out of there happy. It was a great experience. I felt like they cared for me, and I didn’t really feel like they cared about me at the other hospital, I felt like I was treated like a medical record.”

Jackson told her friend about her experiences and her friend encouraged her apply for the position as a Patient Navigator at Denver Health. This was a career shift for her; she spent most of her career at the U.S Department of Labor, where she was a trial lawyer and then a deputy director at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

When new patients contact Jackson by phone or email, she attempts to win their trust and confidence right from the start. She truly cares about every LGBTQ patient. According to Jackson, empathy is the key to being a great navigator, and she has a lot of empathy for every family in the LGBTQ community.

The most difficult part of Jackson’s job is maintaining boundaries with patients, because patients sometimes get her confused with a social worker.

She said, “My job is to get them inside the doctor’s office, and find a doctor they feel comfortable seeing.”

Jackson gets upset and frustrated when working with patients who miss their appointments or relapse because they leave treatment, and do not show up again.

“It is very disappointing, it’s hard,” she said. “I still have problems when I can’t get a patient to see a doctor.”

Jackson takes advantage of the experiences and knowledge she has gained during her life to show compassion for her patients’ experiences. As a result, she is able to take a broad perspective on situations and make them positive for patients. Jackson keeps hoping that her kindness and willingness to help others will give patients the confidence and trust to access the health care they need. She plans to stay at Denver Health and keep helping people.

 “I think becoming a patient navigator is the most important thing I ever done in my entire life, and most emotionally rewarding,” she said.

Patient navigators invited to attend statewide meeting on colorectal cancer prevention strategies Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:51:29 +0000 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!

Native Patient Navigator Training scheduled for June 14-16 in Denver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:19:30 +0000 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

Youth Mental Health First Aid – training opportunities Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:09:28 +0000 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


National Minority Health Month 2017 highlights community-level efforts to help end health disparities Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:30:05 +0000 On April 1, 2017, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will launch the annual observance of National Minority Health Month. The theme this year, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity.

During National Minority Health Month 2017, the HHS OMH will highlight partner initiatives in communities that address the indirect conditions that affect health, also known as social determinants of health. The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn, and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families, and their communities.

As part of the 2017 observance, HHS OMH will host a #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 1:00 PM EDT on April 12 that will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities. Organizations can also support efforts to help reduce health disparities by participating in the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on April 28.

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations—or the differences in health, health care and well-being—have a detrimental effect on our nation and our communities. In the United States, it has been estimated that the combined cost of health disparities and subsequent deaths among racial and ethnic minorities due to inadequate and/or inequitable care is $1.24 trillion. Healthier communities mean lower health care costs, which translate into a stronger economy and a more productive, competitive America.

HHS OMH grantees, federal agencies, and other partners are driving the community-level efforts to close the gap on disparities in health and health care. Innovative programs and initiatives, combined with an understanding of the social determinants of health that impact the health of local communities, are moving our country toward being a nation free from disparities in health and health care.

The HHS OMH is the lead agency for improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs to help eliminate health disparities. Achieving a nation free of disparities in health and health care requires a focus on equity in all policies as a means of addressing the social determinants of health. Through the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, the HHS OMH helps implement cross-sectoral efforts that are crucial for the health of our increasingly diverse nation.

Collaboration between organizations that make high quality education, safe neighborhoods, quality housing, reliable transportation, clean surroundings, nutritious food, and stable employment available to all Americans is key to helping end health disparities.

The HHS OMH invites partners of all sectors to join efforts in helping communities achieve their full potential for health. Visit the National Minority Health Month website to obtain promotional materials, share information on your activities and events, and sign up for OMH updates.

Source: Office of Minority Health


Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías resalta los esfuerzos en las comunidades para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud

El 1ro  de abril de 2017, la Oficina de Salud de las Minorías del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos (HHS OMH, siglas en inglés) pondrá en marcha la celebración anual del Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías. El tema de este año, “Tendamos puentes de equidad en la salud de las comunidades”, destaca el trabajo colaborativo que se ha realizado en comunidades de todo el país para lograr la equidad en la salud.

Durante el Mes Nacional de la Salud de las Minorías 2017, HHS OMH resaltará algunas de las iniciativas de los aliados en las comunidades que trabajan para mejorar las condiciones indirectas que afectan la salud, que también se conocen como los determinantes sociales de la salud. El ambiente en donde las personas nacen, crecen, viven, trabajan, juegan y aprenden, al igual que la edad, tienen un gran impacto en la salud de las personas, familias y sus comunidades.

Como parte de las actividades de este Mes, HHS OMH llevará a cabo el Evento Virtual por Twitter #Bridge2Health el 12 de abril a la 1:00 p.m. hora del este. Durante este evento se brindarán ejemplos de iniciativas comunitarias que trabajan para eliminar las disparidades de la salud en todo el país. Las organizaciones también pueden apoyar los esfuerzos que ayudan a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud participando en el Thunderclap de la Equidad de la Salud el 28 de abril.

Las disparidades de salud entre las minorías raciales y étnicas, o las diferencias en la salud, el cuidado de salud y bienestar, tienen un efecto negativo en nuestra nación y por ende en nuestras comunidades. En Estados Unidos, se estima que el costo combinado de las disparidades de salud, y por consiguiente las muertes entre las minorías raciales y étnicas debido al cuidado inadecuado o desigual es de $ 1,24 billones en un periodo de tres años. Tener comunidades saludables significa menos costos de salud, lo que se traduce en un país más productivo, competitivo y una economía más fuerte.

Las organizaciones que reciben subvenciones de HHS OMH, agencias federales y otros aliados llevan a cabo esfuerzos comunitarios para cerrar la brecha de las disparidades y cuidado de la salud. Programas e iniciativas innovadoras, combinadas con un entendimiento de losdeterminantes sociales que afectan la salud de las comunidades locales, llevan a que nuestro país a ser una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y el cuidado médico.

HHS OMH es la agencia líder para mejorar la salud de las poblaciones minoritarias raciales y étnicas a través del desarrollo de programas y política pública para eliminar las disparidades de salud. Lograr una nación libre de disparidades en la salud y en el cuidado de salud requiere un enfoque en la equidad en todas las políticas públicas como una manera de abordar los determinantes sociales de la salud. A través de la Alianza Nacional de Acción para Eliminar las Disparidades de la Salud (National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities), HHS OMH ayuda a implementar esfuerzos multisectoriales que son claves para la salud de nuestra diversa nación.

La colaboración entre las organizaciones que ayudan a que haya educación de alta calidad, vecindarios seguros, viviendas asequibles, transporte confiable, espacios públicos limpios, alimentos nutritivos y empleos estables para las personas en E.E. U.U. es clave para ayudar a poner fin a las disparidades de la salud.

HHS OMH invita a los aliados de todos los sectores a unirse para ayudar a que las comunidades alcancen su máximo potencial en pro de la salud. Visite la página web del Mes Nacional de Salud de las Minorías para obtener materiales de promoción, compartir información sobre sus actividades y suscribirse para recibir noticias de HHS OMH.

Spring schedule announced: Workshops coming to Durango, Glenwood Springs and more Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:09:05 +0000 We have just announced several workshops, including Level 1s in metro Denver and Glenwood Springs, and advanced courses in Durango. These courses are FREE to patient navigators in Colorado!


Level 1 Workshops

Patient Navigator Fundamentals is our three-day training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing. There is online prework required before attending this course.

Level 1 – Lakewood
When: April 25-27 (FULL – Waitlist available)

Level 1 – Glenwood Springs
When: May 3-5

Level 2 Workshops

Advanced Health Behavior Change – Aurora
Help your clients reach their goals! This course provides tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.
When: April 21

Advanced Health Literacy – Arvada
Learn communication strategies to increase your clients’ understanding of health information.
When: May 16

We are coming to Durango! Workshops will be held at Fort Lewis College

May 9: Advanced Care Coordination
May 10: Advanced Motivational Interviewing
May 11: Advanced Health Behavior Change

Are you a Patient Navigator Supervisor or Manager?
These Level 3 workshops are just for you!

Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program – Arvada
The 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.
When: April 17

Using Evaluation for Program Improvement for Patient Navigation – Denver
This two-day Level 3 course offered by the Denver Prevention Training Center is designed to meet the needs of Patient Navigator Supervisors who want to increase basic evaluation skills.
When: April 27-28

Online Course: Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease 
Chronic diseases affect our physical bodies, but also have an emotional, social and psychological impact. This 7-week online course helps patient navigators understand their role and how to help patients and their caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease.
When: May 15-June 30
Where: All online/via Zoom web conference

Analysis: Proposed health care bill would lead to steep Medicaid funding cuts in Colorado Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:35:53 +0000 Colorado Health Institute Analysis

March 16, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration in Congress would lead to a $14 billion funding cut for Colorado during the first decade of its implementation, according to an analysis by the Colorado Health Institute, released March 16.

The AHCA would likely cause nearly 600,000 Coloradans to lose eligibility for Medicaid by 2030, according to the same analysis.

This CHI analysis focuses only on the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA. Other provisions of the bill could also have effects on coverage levels.

The bill makes two major changes to Mediciad. It limits federal funding for people who joined Medicaid under the expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it converts federal funding for Medicaid to a per capita allotment system. Funding under per capita allotments is expected to grow slower than funding under the current system.

The ACA helped Colorado achieve an uninsured rate of 6.7 percent, less than half the 14.3 percent uninsured rate in 2013, according to the Colorado Health Access Survey. Almost all of the drop in the state’s uninsured rate can be attributed to the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

“The bill in Congress would force very tough choices on our state legislators — either push people out of the Medicaid program or cut billions of dollars out of other areas of state government,” said Michele Lueck, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute.

CHI built a computer model to conduct this analysis, using historic and projected growth in Medicaid enrollment and spending as well as the provisions outlined in the AHCA.

CHI is a research institute that performs modelling to gauge the effects of proposed legislation on health access and health spending in Colorado. CHI does not lobby and does not take positions on legislation.

Click here to read the analysis and the methodology  describing how CHI did it.

Source: Colorado Health Institute ]]> 6685 Advanced Patient Navigator workshops coming to Durango Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:08:02 +0000

We are pleased to announce that the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative, in partnership with Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, is bringing 3 advanced patient navigator workshops to beautiful Durango, CO, in May 2017. Details and links to register are below. All workshops will be held at Fort Lewis College and are FREE to Colorado residents!

May 9: Advanced Care Coordination

Healthcare delivery is often fragmented, resulting in higher costs, poor health outcomes and decreased patient satisfaction. In this course, you will learn what patient groups will benefit most from care coordination and what these activities look like. You will leave will the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, coordinated care for your clients.

May 10: Advanced Motivational Interviewing

This workshop builds on the MI concepts introduced in our Level 1 course. MI is designed to address a patient’s ambivalence to change. This is a great skill to have in your toolbox to reduce resistance, help your clients set goals and ultimately improve patient outcomes. Join us for this fun, interactive workshop!

May 11: Advanced Health Behavior Change

Help your clients reach their goals! This workshop provides a deeper dive into tools and strategies to help clients around diet, exercise, diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control. There is a small amount of online prework required prior to the in-person course.

Please note that the perquisite to attend these workshops is Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals or equivalent work experience. We are exploring the possibility of holding a Level 1 course in Durango in Fall 2017.

Questions? Contact Erin Martinez at 303-724-7764 or


Photo courtesy Bill Grimes/Fort Lewis College