Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Welcome to the November 2019 newsletter!
This month we ask for your help fighting the opioid crisis, tell you about our worksite wellness program, and offer a slew of partner and community opportunities!
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We are extremely proud of the work the Community Opioid Response Program has done. Just last year, thousands of students received youth opioid education and hundreds of providers received opioid training and support across the state of Colorado. We want to ensure we continue to impact lives and reverse the opioid trend. This year, we are asking for your help!

2.1 million Americans have a Rx related opioid use disorder.

Our goal for Colorado Gives Day 2019 (Dec. 10) is to fully fund one AmeriCorps VISTA member to serve in the Denver metro area. We can fully fund a member's annual service for just $12,000. If everyone receiving this email chose to give a one time donation of just $4.00 we will have met and exceeded our goal. That's less than an average coffee from Starbucks! Amazingly, every dollar invested in national service generates $4.00 in returns to society ( source).
Katie Lazar discusses her AmeriCorps experience.

I volunteer because I truly believe in the abilities of people to make a positive difference.
Katie Lazar - AmerCorps State Alum

Service allows me to turn "How can I help?" into "I KNOW that I'm making a difference."
Seth Johnson - AmeriCorps State Alum

Service is essential to understanding community dynamics, no matter where you are.
Adrian Pascual - AmeriCorps VISTA Alum
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Colorado AmeriCorps VISTA Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) is a statewide initiative to support local communities that are implementing strategies to reduce the impact of opioid abuse. The work will be focused on counties hardest hit by the opioid epidemic.
Seth Johnson, whose service ended this summer, wrote an article for us last year detailing the program's impact in his first 6 months. If you missed it before or want to read it again click here .

You can also read more about the program, including other articles and stories at .

Donating for Colorado Gives Day is easy and you don't have to wait! You can give now or schedule a donation by clicking the button below. If you'd like to help us fund a Community Opioid Response Program member, simply select the CORP VISTA program on the donation form. Thank you!
Worksite Wellness at CCAHEC
by Sandra Kohl, Operations Manager

Worksite wellness at CCAHEC is not so much a program, as it is an adopted culture by its team members. Monthly challenges around emotional, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual wellness embody the program’s mission to foster a culture of wellness by empowering team members to achieve their best possible health. 

Monthly individual and team challenges such as evaluating financial wellness, identifying gratitude, self-care bingo, tracking sleep patterns and habits, sharing and discussing staff-identified resources supporting our strategic initiatives, and completing tasks to enhance occupational satisfaction, engaged and encouraged 87% of team members to participate throughout the year. Photographing moments of joy in the lives of our team members represented not only a fresh method by which to track challenge participation, but anecdotally was identified as a team favorite.

CCAHEC uses worksite wellness to deliberately increase thought or actions toward wellness, encourage small changes that help us become healthier, and create an opportunity for balance in the lives of our team members, among other wellness goals. In a recent evaluation of programmatic wellness efforts, 85% of team members identified worksite wellness as a means to also increase team cohesiveness. “Challenges help with feeling connected and celebrating others' successes and challenges” one team member said anonymously. Team members also reported using worksite wellness as an opportunity to create more balance in their lives while supporting professional efficiency and personal lifestyle.

Read the rest of the article by clicking below.
New Online Training!
Opioid Use Disorder Community Health Worker

Opioid Use Disorder Community Health Worker is a free, online, self-paced training for those working on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Trainees will gain knowledge in treatment, recovery, harm reduction, and conducting outreach programs in their communities.
RN and LPN Refresher Graduates

Congratulations to the following nurses on their recent graduation from the refresher course!

RN - Carri Rochon
RN - Juanita Martinez

Employment & Service Opportunities
Community News & Events
FREE YHC Castle Rock Medical Clinic

November 9, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2746 5th Street, Castle Rock, Colorado
Check out the Colorado Consortium's Newsletter!

There are a lot of great people working hard and doing great things as Colorado works to combat the opioid crisis. To help everyone stay connected and informed, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has created a new email to share important news, announce events and new programs, and more!
Upcoming Anatomy in Clay Centers Workshops

CRUCIAL CONNECTIONS: Mental & Physical Health
Sat. Nov. 9, 2019 | 1-4:00pm | Loveland, CO
$10 Students 18 & Younger| $25 Adult|$40 Family
Artspace, 140 W 3rd St, Loveland, CO 80537
Attention: teens, families, seniors! Increase your awareness of mental health issues affecting you, your family, neighborhood, and community and gain knowledge to help yourself and others! Enjoy guest speakers, panel discussions, and classes! A fun hands-on activity will be featured at each session, building in clay a part of the body that relates to the topic.  
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 | 9am-5pm |$295
ANATOMY IN CLAY Centers, 2201 S Delaware Street, Denver, CO 80223
(Lunch sponsored by Allergan Medical Affairs)
In this engaging hands-on workshop, the focus is on
surface anatomy of the face – the soft tissues and facial glands. Learn all the major muscles of expression and mastication by building them with clay onto a scale model human skull.
Lay in and trace the paths of major arteries, veins and glands; facial nerves; and cranial nerves VII.
Addressing Upstream Causes of Poor Health:
UCSF's Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo On Embedding Social Determinants
Into Healthcare

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco. She chaired a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee to develop guidelines to address social determinants in American health care. They discuss the committee's report on the best ways to incorporate social care into the health care system to achieve better outcomes.
HRSA Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites

Make an impact by practicing in an underserved rural community. Attend the next HRSA Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites and explore loan repayment opportunities as well.

November 20, 2019
6:45 to 10:45 PM ET

Use a computer, smart phone, or tablet with Internet to access the virtual job fair
Nurse Educator's Conference 2020

You are invited to submit an abstract for the Nurse Educator's Conference in the Rockies, which will be held July 6 - 10, 2020, in beautiful Copper Mountain, Colorado. Note: preconference sessions will be on Monday and Tuesday, with the full conference beginning on Wednesday the 8th. 

This will be the 30th anniversary of the Nurse Educator's Conference. The  theme  for our 30th year is  Pearls of Wisdom for Academic Practice: 30 Years and Beyond. 

If you have any questions about this form, please email us:
Submissions Due Monday, January 6, 2020 at 5pm MT
Central Colorado AHEC is proud to share these upcoming ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) Series with you. Please pass along and share with anyone you think would be interested.

Learn more about ECHO Colorado at:

Pediatric Autism Enhanced Case Management

This monthly opportunity is for primary care providers and clinical psychologists who have completed the Pediatric Autism ECHO series to share current patient cases and receive feedback from a team of specialists.  Click here for more information.

School Nurses Managing Neurological Conditions

Up to 11 percent of children and 28 percent of adolescents have reoccurring headaches. This series supports building capacity for school nurses to help students with neurological conditions.  Click here for more information.

Team-Based Care Coordination

Care coordination is a set of shared strategies for preventing and managing chronic conditions. This series helps non-licensed care coordinators, patient navigators, and community health workers better understand, communicate, and work at the top of their scope.  Click here for more information.
Get Back into Nursing!
Our refresher courses help LPNs and RNs renew their Colorado license if they have been expired for more than two years. These online "anytime, anywhere" programs are self-paced and approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.

Click on one of the logos above for more information.
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