Thursday, April 27, 2017

Health equity RFPs released

The Health Equity Advocacy Strategy (HEAS) is a multi-year funding strategy with the goal to build a strong and diverse field of health equity advocates in Colorado. We believe that building a strong field of advocates—rather than merely strong, individual advocacy organizations operating in isolation—leads to greater sustainability and to advocates’ ability to successfully respond to a changing political climate.

The HEAS “Cohort” is made up of a partnership of 18 direct-service, community organizing and policy advocacy grantees; Social Policy Research Associates, an evaluation firm; and The Colorado Trust. This partnership is working to build and nurture a strong field of organizations that can advocate together to impact policy decisions to improve health equity in Colorado for years to come.

The Cohort has released three RFPs to assist in building racial equity capacity within the Cohort and in the field. Consultant/s and/or groups may respond to more than one RFP. The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2017.

To download the RFPs for more information, please visit our website. For questions please contact Noelle Melchizedek, advocacy & policy partner, at noelle@coloradotrust.org or 303-539-3134.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Register now for women's health conference


May 24 - 26
Keystone, Colorado
Keystone Conference Center
Register today for the Women's Health Conference hosted by Colorado's Title X Family Planning, WISEWOMAN and Women's Wellness Connection!

The conference aims to explore the latest innovations in sexual health, breast and cervical cancer screening, and women's heart health and hypertension prevention. 
Who should attend? 
Sessions are targeted towards providers and other staff, health educators and healthcare administrators looking to learn more about efforts and best practices in women's health. 
Check out the agenda. Sessions will include a discussion on changes to the healthcare system, the evolution of the well-woman visit, HPV vaccination, patient navigation and more!
Questions? Please contact cdphe_familyplanning@state.co.us or call303-692-2386
This is an event you don't want to miss!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Building Your Chronic Disease Prevention Program


Join us for this year's chronic disease prevention conference:
Building Your Chronic Disease Prevention Program
 
Friday, May 5, 2017  |  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, CO 80246
 


Register today for this free event to learn about best practices in chronic disease prevention and management and efforts being undertaken in Colorado.
 
Topics to be presented:
  • Strategies for implementing a successful National Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • How to improve medication adherence.
  • Implementing a self-monitored blood pressure program within your clinic, agency or health system. 
Who should attend
Staff from existing Diabetes Self-Management Education program sites are invited.
Official programs sites are:
  • Accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
  • Recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
  • Recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a National Diabetes Prevention Program site.
We encourage providers, diabetes educators, and healthcare administrators interested in learning more to attend this event.
 
Featured presenters:
American Association of Diabetes Educators staff 
 
Wesley Nuffer, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Colorado School of Pharmacy
 
Linda Zittleman, MPH/MSPH
Associate Director for the High Plains Research Network
Co-Director Just Check It, Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Program
Instructor at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Family Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Public health job openings

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Job Announcements

CDPHE
  • The Center for Health and Environmental Data Division is recruiting for a Telephone Surveyor. This is a term-limited position with employment that can not be guaranteed past May 31, 2018. This position is open to all Colorado residents. This announcement will be open until May 2, 2017 or when an adequate pool has been reached, whichever occurs first.  As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

  • The Laboratory Services Division is recruiting for a Director. This position is classified as a Senior Executive Service. Applications will be considered from residents and nonresidents of Colorado. This announcement will remain open until April 27, 2017, or until an adequate applicant pool has been identified, whichever comes first. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit applications early.

  • The Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division is recruiting for a Vaccines for Children Technical Coordinator. This is a re-announcement of this position. It was originally posted in March 2017. The minimum qualifications and preferred qualifications have not changed from the original announcement. If you applied under the March announcement you are not required to submit a new application.  However, if you do wish to make any changes to your application you will need to submit a new application by the revised closing date. The announcement is open to all Colorado residents. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on April 26, 2017, or once 30 qualified applications are received, whichever comes first.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

  • The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division is recruiting for a Health Facilities Compliance Inspector. This position is only open to Colorado state residents. This announcement is open on a continuous basis, and will be used to fill a number of positions.

  • The Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division is recruiting for a Nurse Compliance Inspector. This position is only open to Colorado state residents. This announcement is open on a continuous basis.

El Paso
  • El Paso County Health Department is recruiting for a Health Promotion Coordinator. Applications must be filed online. For inquiries please call 719.520.7401. Job description is attached.This announcement is open until April 30, 2017.

  • El Paso County Health Department is recruiting for a Care Coordinator. Applications must be filed online. For inquiries please call 719.520.7401. Job description is attached.This position is HCP-Grant Funded.This announcement is open until 5:00 p.m. April 30, 2017.

Delta
  • Delta County Health Department is accepting applications for a Health Program Manager. Interested persons may submit a County Application to Delta County Human Resources on or before Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be obtained at the County Courthouse, 501 Palmer Street, Suite 227, Delta, CO 81416, by calling 970-874-2104, or filling out and submitting the online application. A resume may be attached to the completed County application.
Chaffee
San Juan Basin
  • San Juan Basin Public Health is hiring for a Program Case Manager. This announcement is scheduled to close May 5, 2017, or until an adequate pool is reached.

  • San Juan Basin Public Health Clinic Program is hiring a Programs Technician Senior. A Bachelor’s degree in health science, social science, public health or equivalent experience is required.  Bilingual required.  Medical experience is preferred.  CPR certification required.The position is scheduled to close May 1, 2017, or until an adequate pool is reached.

Montezuma
  • Montezuma County Public Health Department is recruiting for a Tobacco Program Coordinator. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and application to Montezuma County Public Health by April 25, 2017.

Rio Grande
  • Rio Grande County Public Health is looking for a BSN nurse. This announcement will remain open until May 3, 2017  @ 3:00 p.m.

Lincoln
  • Lincoln County Public Health is recruiting for a Public Health Director. Applications due to the Public Health Office by 4:00 p.m. Friday May 12, 2017.

Gunnison
  • The Gunnison County Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for a Public Health Nurse. This a part-time position. This announcement will remain open until filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Joni Reynolds, phone: 970.641.7940 jreynolds@gunnisoncounty.org. Job description is attached.

The Center for African American Health

Colorado Association of Funders



New resource: Eat healthy in 25 languages!

Harvard's simple guide to nutritious food choices, the Healthy Eating Plate, is now available in 25 languages—including Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.







Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

"Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” according to a review in Annals of Internal Medicine. 

About a third of kidney transplant patients don’t take their anti-rejection medications, 41 percent of heart attack patients don’t take their blood pressure medications, and half of children with asthma either don’t use their inhalers at all or use them inconsistently.

This lack of adherence is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations, and to cost the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year.

Read the New York Times story here.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month AND Blood Pressure Awareness Month


Did you know most strokes are preventable? 


The most controllable risk factor is high blood pressure so know your numbers because it may just save your life. 

May is Measurement Month. Friends and family can encourage their loved ones to get their checked and to talk about family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Join @American_Stroke for a nationwide #StrokeTalk, on May 9 at 11 am MT or take a look at resources in English and Spanish from the American Stroke Association.

Providers can be a part of stroke prevention by hosting a blood pressure screening event. Learn more about this opportunity from the International Society of Hypertension or  check out Stroke Awareness Month tools and materials.