Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Welcome to the Central Colorado AHEC monthly newsletter for August 2018.
Read below for information on upcoming community events, service and volunteer opportunities, updates on our programs, and more.

We're Expanding Our Social Media Reach

As we strive to improve overall awareness of our programs, we have expanded our use of Social Media in recent weeks. We would love for you to follow us at these networks to get even more information about the work we do.

....And Expanding our Team!

In recent weeks our staff has grown by four! Please welcome Darlyn Miller - Regional Health Connector, Bonita Shviraga - Professional Education Assistant Manager, Veronika Hanna - AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator, and Mychal Morrill - AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. They are wonderful additions to our team!
Mychal, Bonita, and Veronika
Regional Health Connector: Access to Care
Ashley Hill is the  Regional Health Connector  for Health Statistic Region 17 (HSR17). Although her duties vary from county to county, Ashley engages local partnerships in region-specific projects that address physical and behavioral health access. Ashley identified access to primary care as her first regional project. Ashley’s work revolves around opening health clinics to serve HSR17’s rural population, which includes Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties.

In Park County, Ashley works closely with the only local health nonprofit in the county, Rocky Mountain Rural Health. Ashley joined the South Park Health Service District Steering Committee to bring health care back to South Park through the passing and formation of a Health Service District in 2017. Ashley was elected as the Vice Chair of the Board for the  South Park Health Service District  which was officially formed in November of 2017. Ashley is also a member of the School Based Health Center Advisory Committee which recently received full funded to build a clinic in the Fairplay school district. As the  Regional Health Connector  in Park County, Ashley’s  RHC  work ranges from creating a website for the health service district to writing a Request for Proposal for major health systems to occupy the empty Fairplay health clinic space. Ashley also spends her time in Park County allocating health service district funds to ensure a sustainable solution to health care is achieved which includes reviewing bids for building repairs to pursuing contract negotiations with a major health system.

A young girl looked up to her mother and dreamed of being just like her. The confident and caring manner by which she lived her life left a lasting impression on this child who did grow up to be the nurse her mother was. Aisha Huebner found a place in which her dream became a reality. As a nurse at St. Anthony Medical Center in Lakewood, Colorado she also found the support to further her career. She was recently awarded a $9000.00 scholarship to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Denver University School of Nursing.

Aisha’s career in nursing started at Concorde College in Denver. First as a Licensed Practical Nurse then as a Registered Nurse, her nursing skills were optimized in the perioperative, pre-anesthesia unit at St. Anthony. Management became her focus and she gained recognition for her ability in this area. Aisha was nominated three times for the Daisy Award because of her excellence in nursing. Most recently, Aisha was promoted to Interim Clinical Manager of her unit. Her expertise will be strengthened as she advances her education!

Aisha has other facets to her life—a mother of a blended family of seven children, she enjoys family life with her husband and challenges of a large family—five in college (two in Nursing School) a senior in high school and the youngest in eighth grade! If there is free time, Aisha loves to volunteer as a Board member for the Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County Little League Football Associations.

Aisha thought nursing was a glamorous career when she was a young girl! She now knows that is it much more—but maybe her Mom did show her the glamorous side too. Mom has retired and now lives in Maui!
Central Colorado Area Health Education Center is a proud contributor to the Nursing Scholarship Foundation at St Anthony Medical Center and is happy to support nurses like Aisha Heubner and her dream! 

Mini Med II: The Clinical Years
In 2012, twenty years after the original Mini Med School launched, Drs. Dennis Boyle (rheumatology) and Stephen Wolf (emergency medicine) decided that Mini Med School II: The Clinical Years, was past due. An instant hit at its inaugural run in 2012, the program features some of the best teachers in the CU clinical faculty telling us about their specialties. Want to know what a day in the life of a pediatrician is like? Or what the latest is on hypertension? Having trouble getting enough sleep? Answers to all that and more are yours at Mini Med II-and the price (free) is right, there's no homework, and it's suitable for anyone from high school on. Plus, you can get a famous Mini Med "diploma!"

Now organized by the dynamic trio of Dr. Boyle, Dr. Kristin Furfari (family medicine) and Dr. Patrick Kneeland (medicine), the course includes some new award-winning teachers and subjects, so even if you've attended before you are welcome back.

Talks take place on Wednesday evenings in the fall, and it's necessary to register so we can make sure you get all the updates and information. The lectures take place on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and if that's not convenient for you, there are sites all around Colorado where you can watch (and interact!) by live video broadcast.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mini Med.
Employment & Service Opportunities
SERVICE POSITION: AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Member

Upcoming Community Events
FREE YHC Castle Rock Medical Clinic

September 8, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2746 5th Street, Castle Rock, Colorado
Teens with food allergies and their parents are invited to an afternoon of educational sessions led by experts from Children’s Hospital Colorado, Saturday, September 22, at the hospital’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This free event is co-hosted by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado and takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The event features educational sessions covering a range of topics, including preparing for college, navigating social situations and dining out.

For additional details and to register, go to There is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.  

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association: Available Courses and Opportunities

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association is a member organization that strengthens community and migrant health centers by leveraging regional power and resources on their behalf. They are offering many great conferences and training opportunities.Follow the link below to learn more.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center: Training Opportunities

Check out free training opportunities provided by RMPHTC and it's partners. These online courses start this summer and go through the fall:

Find even more training opportunities on their calendar.

FREE Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Training
September 12
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
5600 Flatiron Pkwy.
Boulder, CO 80301
FREE ONE-DAY summit on Drug Diversion and how it impacts law enforcement. This will be an interactive summit with attendees actively encouraged to contribute their experiences and strategies in drug diversion, sharing both investigative barriers as well as success stories. The Summit will address a range of drug diversion issues to include:

• Prescription Drug Identification
• Lawful Prescribing and Prevention of Diversion
• RxPATROL® (robbery and burglary database)
• Major Case Studies
• Local Investigation Review

Hosted by Sheriff Joseph Pelle and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office
For information and registration Click Here
CU Pre-Health Day has been developed and created to provide pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate-level students as well as pre-health advisors with information that can help ensure success in a health-related admissions process.
2018 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference
The 2018 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference, in partnership with WCN, to be held in Denver, CO, October 20- 23, 2018, provides education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development for like-minded community health professionals and their partners.

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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