Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health
Welcome to the Central Colorado AHEC monthly newsletter for January 2019.
Read below for information on upcoming community events, service opportunities, updates on our programs, and more.
Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019! Here at CCAHEC we are really excited for what this next year will bring. We've seen our team grow in the last year, and with that comes exciting opportunities to serve our communities more than we ever have. This year we'll be launching new programs, refining others, and fostering the continued growth of very important initiatives like the Colorado Community Opioid Response Program. We invite you along on this journey with us by visiting the website or following us on social media. It's going to be an exciting year, and we can't wait to share our progress with you!
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Volunteers Needed

University of Colorado Denver and the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair need volunteers of all kinds and we welcome our community members to help support the fair.

Volunteer positions include:

  • Fair Set-up/Tear-down
  • Awards Set-up/Awards Ceremony
  • Display and Safety Judges
  • First Aid Station
  • Judging Support
  • Photographer
  • Photographer's Note Taker
  • Professional Development Assistant
  • Scientific Review Committee Assistant
  • Student Advocates
  • Surveyors
  • Translators
  • Wayfinders and much more...

Please use the link below to register to volunteer.
Employment & Service Opportunities
SERVICE POSITION: AmeriCorps Community Opioid Response Member
Upcoming Community Events
FREE YHC Castle Rock Medical Clinic

January 12, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2746 5th Street, Castle Rock, Colorado
Craft, Engineer, and Make & Take Activities for "A Universe of Stories"

Date: Thursday January 17, 2018
Time: 4pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT

Looking for cheap, easy, accessible, and FUN hands-on experiences for your patrons this summer? Are you trying to spice up your normal craft and make and take activities with a space science theme? If so, then this is the webinar for you! Join us as we take a look at several different activities from the STEM Activity Clearinghouse Universe of Stories Collection that are hands-on, easy to facilitate, and sure to inspire curiosity
News and Resources from the National AHEC Organization

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Applications are Open:
  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or nearby NIH facilities that matches their research interests and career goals. To learn more about this opportunity click  here .
Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of American Indian Physicians:  
New report. Reshaping the Journey: American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicine. This report illustrates the case for increasing American Indian/Alaskan Native representation in health professions by highlighting the value of diversity in education and training, and workforce needs. It summarizes effective, promising practices and programs at many of the nation's medical schools that have contributed to the development of Native physicians and allies who are trained to address the health care needs of AI/AN communities. 
The National Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool:
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and NORC at the University of Chicago have released this new interactive map. It allows users to locate overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death, including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents.  Learn more .
Check out free training opportunities from Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center
Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement (January 16 - March 13, 2019) -  Social justice youth development combines intentional anti-oppressive practice with and for young people, with knowledge and skill building from youth development to support youth as they negotiate and disrupt the misuses of power in their lives. During this seven-week course, participants will be expected to critically analyze how power, privilege, and oppression operate in their own lives and participate in conversations regarding how they can disrupt systems of power that oppress young people.

Leading Improvement Projects (January 15 - February 12, 2019)
In this online training, we'll review from start to finish what to expect in a quality improvement (QI) project. This training was developed for people that will be helping to facilitate QI projects within their agency and are looking for tools, templates and experience with doing so. Registering for this training gives you access to an online micro-course, which includes the online modules + Live Learning Sessions with a subject-matter expert.
"Start the Conversation: How to Talk with Young People About Vaping, JUULs and Other Electronic Nicotine Products" training of trainers.”

When: Tuesday, January 29th, 2018 from 10:00 - 3:30 (lunch provided)
Where: Boulder / Broomfield Area; Exact Location to be determined.

Sponsored by RMC Health and co-hosted by Boulder and Broomfield
County Public Health.

This FREE training of trainers equips participants to conduct two-hour workshops and one-hour presentations for parents and community members about youth use of electronic nicotine products, the problem of "JUULing" and how to talk about these issues with young people.

The workshop and presentation will include:
· Explanation of Colorado law and school policy related to tobacco and other nicotine products
· 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data for your community
· Emerging trends and culture in youth tobacco and other nicotine product use
· Protective factors for youth to resist nicotine and other substance use
· How to have trusted adult conversations with youth

Who Should Attend: Local public health personnel and partners for whom educating parents and community members is a part of their role/duties or for whom this topic is of interest.
As a result of the Training of Trainers, participants will be able to:
· Deliver Start the Conversation:
How to Talk with Young People About Vaping, JUULs and Other Electronic Nicotine Products workshop and presentation
· Access materials and resources
· Identify next steps for delivering the workshop and presentation

You will receive: training materials (presentation, speaking points, and access to supplemental materials); time to practice presenting with training participants to build confidence around the
subject matter; support/TA from local Tobacco Prevention staff If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Warman, .
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
Training Practices and Providers about opioid use disorder and medication assisted treatment.

IT MATTTRs2 gives incentives to providers to obtain their DEA X waiver required to prescribe MAT. The project also delivers Sound Team Training to practices, giving them knowledge and tools to adopt a comprehensive MAT program through ongoing practice support and facilitation.

Date : Thursday, January 17th, 2018
Time : 8:00am-12:30pm
Location : TBD- We will send out an
email to registrants once location is set.
Colorado Springs, CO
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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