Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Welcome to the Central Colorado AHEC monthly newsletter for November 2018.
Read below for information on upcoming community events, service opportunities, updates on our programs, and more.
We are very excited for this year's holiday open house! Along with meeting and re-connecting with members of our community, partners, and others, we will be celebrating Gloria Nussbaum's 12 years of service to Central Colorado AHEC. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at the link below.
Colorado Gives Day
The season of giving is upon us. Colorado Gives Day is on Dec. 4 this year. If you choose to donate to CCAHEC, know your hard earned money would be going toward effective and worthwhile programs in the communities where you live. Any donations we receive help us accomplish our mission to create and implement educational programs, addressing the dynamic needs of students, providers, and community members.
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AmeriCorps State & National: Month 1

The first week of October had a buzz of excitement for the AmeriCorps State & National Program Staff. On October 2 nd & 3 rd we welcomed seven new Members to the Community Opioid Response Program (CORP) . The members will be serving in: Jefferson & Boulder Counties, Denver Metro & Tri-County area, El Paso County, Pueblo County, Alamosa County, Mesa County, and Weld County. During their orientation, the Members learned about AmeriCorps, got an overview of opioid misuse in Colorado, met key state partners, and enjoyed some team building. On the 4 th & 5 th our seven S&N Members were joined by the three CORP VISTAs, VISTA Coordinator, and 200+ S&N Members from other programs at Serve Colorado’s Annual Member Retreat.

At the retreat our Members had the opportunity to connect with other Members serving in their region, learn from AmeriCorps Alumni and Second Year Members, and help coordinate a Naloxone Education Panel. With the assistance of Susanna Cooper, of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, 143 AmeriCorps Members and Staff were trained in reverse opioid related overdoses using Naloxone. This panel was a great learning opportunity for our S&N Members, as they will be delivering the same presentation to their respective communities. The Members reported to their service sites on Monday the 8 th .

Our Community Opioid Response Program has been expanding partnerships within the state of Colorado. Recently we have partnered with the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver. The Harm Reduction Center supplies the community with sterile water, clean needles, naloxone, and many more necessary supplies that make drug use safer. These supplies prevent the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases which are spread through blood. Their ability to dispense free naloxone has saved countless lives in the community.

The AmeriCorps team was excited to support the “Harm Reduction Badass Awards” event with set up and take down. The team was able to meet many people who have been helping to make great strides in tackling the opioid crisis in Colorado. The event raised thousands of dollars and Dr. Robert Valuck, Masayo Nishiyama, Joanne Clark, and Dr. Jane Kennedy were recognized for their efforts in combating the opioid crisis.
Staff Highlight: Darlyn Miller

Darlyn Miller, one of the Regional Health Connectors on staff at CCAHEC, was recently highlighted in the SATURN Coalition Newsletter. Here's what they wrote:

"Darlyn Miller is an active member of both the Assessment Work Group and the Coalition Support Work Group. Darlyn is patient, kind and always willing to help others. She is passionate about connecting resources within the community, which helps to improve effectiveness. We recognize her time and efforts.

The Coalition Support Work Group is the back bone to the coalition. This work group is responsible for ensuring those who volunteer feel recognized, appreciated and supported. They developed the Youth Involvement Plan and are creating a process for ensuring the plan is implemented into the coalition. This work group will coordinate the December coalition End of Year Celebration and the Volunteer Appreciation Event in April. We couldn't do this work without them!"
Employment & Service Opportunities
SERVICE POSITION: AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Member
Upcoming Community Events
FREE YHC Castle Rock Medical Clinic

November 10, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2746 5th Street, Castle Rock, Colorado
Resilience in our First Responder Community: A Wellness Event

The Public Safety Initiative, School of Public Affairs,University of Colorado Colorado Springs, is pleased to present - Resilience in our First Responder Community: A Wellness Event. 
We will provide the first responder community with information surrounding resilience, wellness-related issues, techniques, and considerations, so they may be better prepared to serve the communities that rely on them.

The event will also highlight the emerging partnership between the Public Safety Initiative (PSI) and the Trauma Health and Hazards Center (THHC), including both the clinical and research initiatives on campus.
Where: Ent Center, 5255 North Nevada Avenue - Colorado Springs
When:  Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program (ANEW)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The purpose of this program is to support innovative academic-practice to educate primary care Nurse Practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse midwives (NM) prepared for the unique challenges practicing in rural and underserved communities.

HRSA expects approximately $37,250,000 to fund approximately 53 recipients. You may apply for up to $700,000 per year, of which $350,000 may be used for student traineeships. In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must request both traineeships and academic-practice program infrastructure funds.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center: Student Leaders in Public Health Program

We are excited to share with you the Student Leaders in Public Health program!
Student Leaders in Public Health is a field placement and leadership program funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) through the Public Health Training Centers Program. 
In this new round of funding, HRSA has increased the stipend amount to $3,500, increased the number of stipends to 27 for the Rocky Mountain Region, and extended the reach to other public health-related graduate and undergraduate programs (e.g., psychology, sociology, social work). We see this change as a great opportunity to increase the impact and visibility of the program.
Multiple Sclerosis in the Age of Enhanced Therapeutic Options
After participating in this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
  • Explain the mechanisms of action of available and emerging multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies as well as implications for treatment selection.
  • Discuss the efficacy and safety of current treatments for MS and available data on investigational therapies.
  • Review perspectives on MRI and clinical findings that may prompt consideration of switching therapy for MS.
  • Analyze knowledge about MS therapies and aspects of a patient's presentation to make an informed decision when switching MS therapies.

Fungal Frontiers: Mycology Expert Insights and Application

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Define the role of emerging diagnostics in the management of invasive fungal disease (IFD)
  • Discuss epidemiologic/resistance trends having an impact on IFD management
  • Choose appropriate antifungal therapeutics, with an eye toward pharmacologic optimization
2019 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health
This annual conference will be held in Portland, OR, from February 20-22.

Check out our event page periodically for updates on the conference. Key topics to be explored at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health include:

  • Access to Care for Medically Underserved Populations
  • Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Community Collaboration and Coalition Building
  • Community Health Needs Assessments
  • Community Health Worker Models and Workforce Development
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Center Governance and Administration
  • Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health
  • Immigration Policy and Reform
  • Partnerships with State and Local Public Health
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma-Informed Care
We are excited to announce that the online application for the Daniels Scholarship Program will be open from October 1 to November 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. MST! 

Approximately 230 new Daniels Scholars will be selected for the Class of 2019.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually renewable college scholarship for high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate character, leadership, and service. The Daniels Scholarship Program offers resources, encouragement, and inspiration far beyond the financial assistance needed to earn a bachelor's degree. Our goal is to help each Daniels Scholar succeed in college and ultimately become independent, successful in a rewarding career, and actively engaged in their community.
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.

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