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Exciting Expansions to Loan Repayment Programs Announced!

March 28, 2014  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off

For health care providers who want to make a difference by providing services to medically underserved populations in their communities, loan repayment programs ease the burden of educational debt while allowing them to engage in meaningful, mission driven work. For Colorado’s Community Health Centers (CHCs), these loan repayment programs allow highly qualified and dedicated providers the opportunity to make an impact on vulnerable communities through employment at one of Colorado’s CHCs, because providers at Colorado’s CHCs qualify for both the National Health Service Corps and the Colorado Health Service Corps. Recent and proposed expansions to these two loan repayment programs is good news for Colorado’s CHCs!
 
Colorado Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a state, federal, and private partnership that provides loan repayment opportunities for physicians, dentists, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, licensed mental health professionals, and dental hygienists who work in health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). New for this year, program eligibility has been expanded to allow the following positions:

  • Licensed Clinical Pharmacists with a PharmD, and
  • Part-time providers that meet all other eligibility requirements.

 
These eligibility expansions will increase access to health care providers in underserved communities throughout Colorado! The next application cycle for CHSC will open in September 2014. For more information about CHSC, please visit their website here.
 
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a federal program that provides loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for providers working in HPSAs throughout the country. Recently, the White House announced that the President’s 2015 proposed budget included an expansion to NHSC that would increase the number of clinicians receiving loan repayment from 8,900 per year to 15,000 per year! This increase would have a significant impact on health access for vulnerable communities throughout the U.S., including the communities that Colorado’s CHCs serve.
 
In addition to loan repayment opportunities, NHSC also provides scholarships that pay tuition, fees, education costs, and stipends to students accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited training program for physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, and physician assistants. The application for this scholarship program is open until May 15, 2014. Click here to learn more about this scholarship program and to apply. Click here to review a scholarship program that exists for students enrolled in a nursing associate degree, baccalaureate, graduate, or diploma program. 
 
If you are interested in providing high quality care to vulnerable populations in Colorado, you may qualify for loan repayment! Click here to learn more about Colorado’s 19 CHCs. Check out the most recent job opportunities at Colorado’s CHCs below, or visit the CHAMPS job bank for a complete listing.  

 

 

1710 Executive Assistant Colorado Coalition for the HomelessDenver, CO
1708 Family Practice Non-OB  Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Antonito, CO
1709 Systems Administrator Pueblo Community Health Center Pueblo, CO
1706 Referral Case Manager Clinica Family Health Services Boulder, CO
1613 Staff Physician High Plains Community Health Center Lamar, CO
1707 Special Projects Assistant Colorado Community Health Network Denver, CO
1700 Community Health Worker Metro Community Provider Network Aurora, CO
1701 Dental Assistant – EDDA Metroc Community Provider Network Aurora, CO
1699 Behavioral Health Professional Clinica Family Health Services Denver Metro Area, CO
1277 Family Practice Physician – OB Experience Required Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. La Junta, CO

Networking Opportunity for Health Professionals: Register Now!

February 28, 2014  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off

On March 6th, 2014, staff from Community Health Centers (CHCs) from around Colorado will gather to meet students, residents, and job seekers at the Community Health Connection event. This job fair will provide an opportunity to network with CHC staff and learn more about what it is like to provide health care in a mission driven, community oriented setting.

Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) will be attending to provide more information about opportunities to work in rural communities in Colorado.  National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will be present to discuss loan repayment options available to health professions staff working in the medically underserved areas where CHCs provide services. If you are a health professional, plan to join us on March 6, 2014! You will have a chance to meet representatives from many of Colorado’s CHCs and win door prizes.  Bring an interested health professions friend and increase your chances to win!

Colorado CHCs Attending:
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Clinica Family Services
High Plains Community Health
Metro Community Provider Network
Peak Vista
Sunrise Community Health
Valley-Wide Health Systems

Register now to attend the Community Health Connection job fair on March 6, 2014! 
Please RSVP by following the link here: http://www.planetreg.com/E11383016226711

For more information about the location of the CHCs that will be attending the job fair, or for information on the location of all of Colorado’s 167 clinic sites, visit the CCHN website.

Being employed at a CHC gives health care professionals a chance to make a difference in their communities. CHCs provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services to some of the most vulnerable populations in the state, including special populations such as individuals who are homeless, veterans, and migrant farmworkers. CHCs provide the only accessible, affordable health care option for many communities throughout Colorado.

 In December 2013, representatives from many of Colorado’s 19 CHCs gathered at a similar event in Denver to share more about the impact that job seekers can have on their communities by choosing employment at a CHC. Job seekers said that they learned about opportunities to being involved with community health that they were not previously aware of, and CHC staff reported plans to follow up with valuable connections they made with attendees seeking internships and jobs!

DON’T miss out on your opportunity to meet representatives from CHCs, CRHC and NHSC!
 
Check out the job listings below for information about open positions at some of the CHCs attending the job fair, or visit the CHAMPS job bank for job postings at all of Colorado’s CHCs. 

1689 Bilingual Clinic Nurse Clinica Family Health Services
Boulder, CO
1277 Family Practice Non-OB Physician (MD, DO) Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
Canon City, CO
1330 Family Practice Physician – OB Experience Required Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
La Junta, CO
1599 Family Practice/Internal Medicine Physician – OB Experience Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
Alamosa, CO
1685 Network Administrator Clinica Family Health Services
, CO
1687 Clinical Case Manager Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1681 Electronic Health Record Clinical Trainer Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1682 Registered Nurse Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1677 Physician Salud Family Health Centers
Fort Morgan, CO
1678 Part-Time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Las Animas, CO
1680 Hygiene on the Pod Assistant Clinica Family Health Services
Boulder, CO
1204 Bilingual Case Manager Clinica Family Health Services
Boulder and Denver, CO
1615 Bilingual Expanded Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA) Clinica Family Health Services
Thornton, CO
1531 Physician Assistant/Family Nurse Practitioner (PA/NP) Sunrise Community Health
Evans, CO
1671 Dentist Sunrise Community Health
Greeley, CO

Celebrating Jerry Brasher Day

January 31, 2014  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off

Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed January 31, 2014, Jerry Brasher Day in celebration of Mr. Brasher’s forty years of service dedicated to the health and well-being of Coloradans.

Mr. Brasher is retiring after forty years as executive director of Salud Family Health Centers in northern Colorado. He and the staff of Salud have touched the lives of thousands of people in Colorado, improved access to primary and preventive health care, especially for the uninsured, underinsured, and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. He has advocated tirelessly on behalf of Community Health Centers (CHCs), promoting high quality health care as a basic human right. Many in the Community Health Center movement consider Mr. Brasher a mentor and a friend. He has made a positive difference for countless individuals and families, and he has inspired people to champion the CHC movement.

Mr. Brasher is a founder and served as board member and president of the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), Colorado’s Primary Care Association. He has served as board member and past president of the Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS); and he has served on the boards of directors of the Colorado Community Managed Care Network (CCMCN) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). He is also a member of the Colorado Rural Health Center, the National Rural Health Association, the Colorado Public Health Association, and the American Public Health Association.

Mr. Brasher described why he chose Salud for his life’s work as this:

“It was during the early 1970s that I got involved at Salud. Having been trained in economics and further honed at Berkeley, much of my early work had been in natural resource allocation. The part I found missing was the human services part of the economic equation. So when the job of directing the work of Salud opened up, I jumped at the chance to get this human service experience. The challenges were monumental – from adapting to federal regulations and directives to providing direct primary and preventive care services to the farmworker population of the Fort Lupton area. But it was watching and being a part of our doctors, dentists, and practitioners providing these services to a truly needy population that hooked me into making it my life’s work.”

To watch a video montage of testimonials to Mr. Brasher from his colleagues in the Community Health Center movement, please go to:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA4X5XP8jVg.

Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Brasher and have an impact on Colorado’s medically underserved populations? Check out the jobs below or the CHAMPS job bank to learn more about open positions.  Your Dream Job is Calling – Answer It!

Advocating for Health Care for the Underserved

January 25, 2014  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off

This is a great time of reflection remembering those before us that sparked remarkable change in the United States.  On Monday, February 20, Americans celebrated a holiday that honors the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his fight towards racial equality, human rights, and health care for all.  Around the same time that Dr. King was fighting for civil rights, Dr. H. Jack Geiger was also fighting for health care for the poor and underserved. Dr. Geiger helped open the first community health centers (CHC) in Mississippi and Massachusetts.

Thanks to activism in the 1960′s, health care for the underserved has made great strides and is more accessible to those in need. Health care advocacy continues today through works of Dr. Geiger, National Association of Community Health Centers, CHCs and other safety net organizations. Since that first CHC opened in Mound Bayou, Mississippi nearly 47 years ago, more CHCs have opened across the nation and in eight territories. In 2012 (according to Uniform Data System information), 1,198 CHC national sites (reported program grantees) provided services to 21.1 million patients and 17 Colorado CHCs (reported program grantees) provided services to 494 thousand patients.

CHCs, located in areas of need, incorporate values and the mission to provide access to quality, affordable, culturally competent health care, to people regardless of their ability to pay.  CHCs provide comprehensive primary health care (including dental care, and behavioral health care) offering internal pediatric and OB/GYN; maternity and prenatal care; pharmacy; case management services; and disease management programs.  If that’s not enough, Colorado CHCs employ culturally competent staff, including translation services on site; outreach and transportation services; and coordination and follow-up for hospital care.

Working for a Colorado CHC is a rewarding experience where staff make a difference by working with underserved individuals contributing to the betterment of their community.  Would you like to help meet the needs of Colorado communities and work at a CHC?  Check out job opportunities at the CHAMPS Job Bank.

Your Dream Job is Calling!  Answer It!

Recently Posted Jobs at Community Health Centers

January 16, 2014  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off
1647 Chief Financial Officer Pueblo Community Health Center
Pueblo, CO
1648 Community Health Care Advisor/Outreach Worker – School Based Health Centers Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO
1646 Quality Initiatives Coordinator Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN)
Denver, CO
1645 Patient Health Educator (PHE) Program Director Salud Family Health Centers
Fort Lupton, CO
1641 RN or LPN Health Educator/Patient Navigator Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1642 IT Support Technician Mountain Family Health Centers
Glenwood Springs, CO
1644 Dental Hygienist – SBHC-DPS Sealant Program Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

CHCs Provide Health Care for the Homeless

December 31, 2013  |  Post by: admin  |  Administrative/Support, Behavioral Health, Case Manager, Clinical Support, Dental, Jobs, Nursing, Pharmacist, Physician, Uncategorized Comments Off

On December 18, 2013, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, one of Colorado’s Community Health Centers (CHCs), held the twenty-fourth annual homeless person’s vigil. The vigil honored individuals who had lived and died on the streets of Denver in 2013. Over 100 names were read, which shows why affordable, accessible, and high quality health care services for people experiencing homelessness are so essential.

While high health care costs and debt related to medical expenses can be a contributing cause to homelessness, homelessness also exacerbates health conditions. Individuals experiencing homelessness face many barriers to accessing the care they need such as affordability, transportation, and availability of services, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment. Without a stable place to live, chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are extremely difficult to manage. People living on the streets are more likely to be victims of violence and to be exposed to harsh weather conditions. Healing from wounds or illnesses is much harder without a safe, warm place to do so. It becomes very difficult to prioritize health needs when finding shelter, food, and safety are consistent struggles.

While people experiencing homelessness face many health access barriers, CHCs throughout Colorado are helping to meet these complex needs. All CHCs provide affordable, culturally competent services to vulnerable populations in their communities, and some—like the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless—provide services targeted at the homeless population. Besides having accessible locations and sliding fee scales for individuals who do not have insurance or incomes, CHCs provide comprehensive services so that their patients can access not only medical but also dental, vision, and behavioral health services. CHCs also offer enabling services such as case management and health education, which provides additional support to vulnerable populations. CHCs are having an important impact on people experiencing homelessness in their communities!

If you’re interested in working with vulnerable populations in Colorado, CHCs offer a way to have a significant impact on the most underserved populations in the state. Check out the job opportunities below, or visit the CHAMPS Job Bank for more employment opportunities. Or, to learn more about the impact that CHCs have on their communities, visit CCHN’s website for information about Colorado’s 19 CHCs.

Recently Posted Jobs at Colorado Community Health Centers:

1641 RN or LPN Health Educator/Patient Navigator Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1644 Dental Hygienist – SBHC-DPS Sealant Program Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO
1640 Clinical Case Manager Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1638 Pharmacist Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1639 Psychiatric Registered Nurse Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1634 Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Mountain Family Health Centers
Glenwood Springs, CO
1636 Patient Navigator II Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO

Colorado Community Health Centers Celebrate the Season of Giving

December 20, 2013  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off

The holidays are often thought of as a time for reflection, celebration, and joy. This “season of giving” provides an opportunity to reflect on the generosity of people in our communities. It is also a great time to recognize and celebrate what Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Colorado do for their communities throughout the year, and the important impacts they have on medically underserved individuals throughout the state.

CHC employees generously give their time, energy, and passion to serve their community members who otherwise would not be able to access medical services. Across the state, Colorado’s 18 CHCs provide services at 159 clinic sites to over 600,000 people. These patients accessed 2,013,473 visits for much needed medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and enabling services in 2012. Forty percent of these patients are uninsured, and 94% have incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Without the opportunity to access health care, many of these individuals and families would not be able to afford services to meet their basic health needs.

Not only do CHC staff members provide essential health care, but they also provide high quality, patient-centered, and culturally competent services. Staff at CHCs are mission driven and community focused, and believe in the value of providing services to the most underserved populations. Their generosity and compassion is something to celebrate during this season of giving!

What will you give this holiday season and in the year to come? Consider working with a CHC team to contribute to health care access for underserved populations in Colorado. To learn about job opportunities, visit the CHAMPS job board or check out the jobs posted below. For more information about CHCs in Colorado, visit CCHN’s website.

 

Recently Posted Jobs at Colorado Community Health Centers:

1640 Clinical Case Manager Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1636 Patient Navigator II Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO
1637 Integrated Behavioral Health Program Manager Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1638 Pharmacist Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1639 Psychiatric Registered Nurse Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO
1634 Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Mountain Family Health Centers
Glenwood Springs, CO
1632 Quality Assurance Program Manager Summit Community Care Clinic
Frisco, CO

 

Learn About Primary Care Career Opportunities – Join Us!

December 09, 2013  |  Post by: admin  |  Administrative/Support, Behavioral Health, Case Manager, Jobs, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Pharmacist, Physician, Physician Assistant, Presentations and Events Comments Off

On Thursday Evening, December 12, 2013, Colorado Community Health Network and Community Health Association of Mountain Plains States will be hosting our Meet & Greet: Community Health Center Connection. During this networking event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet health center providers and staff who are committed to improving and providing health care for the most vulnerable populations.

It’s a great time to connect to like-minded people in fields ranging from family and internal medicine, nursing, behavioral health, dental, and more.  You’ll be able to learn about the many career opportunities, loan repayment options, and the unique benefits of working at health centers in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).

Click here to view the CHAMPS testimonial video, “Working at Health Centers in Region VIII,” you will learn the importance of health centers and the value of health center careers.

Appetizers and drinks will be served.
Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

Currently, Clinica Family Health Services, Inc.High Plains Community Health Center,  Metro Community Provider Network, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Pueblo Community Health Center, Inc., Sunrise Community Health, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.Colorado Rural Health Center, National Health Service Corps, and Colorado Health Service Corps plan to attend.

Thursday Evening, December 12, 2013
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Littleton Room
Denver Marriott South
13045 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO

For more information and to RSVP please go to the following link:
http://www.planetreg.com/E101512334822651

We look forward to your participation!

*This event is closed to outside recruiters.

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Job#

Job Title

Location

1623

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

1632

Quality Assurance Program Manager

Summit Community Care Clinic
Frisco, CO

1634

Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Mountain Family Health Centers
Glenwood Springs, CO

1639

Psychiatric Registered Nurse

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

1638

Pharmacist

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

1637

Integrated Behavioral Health Program Manager

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Denver, CO

1636

Patient Navigator II

Denver Health Community Health Services
Denver, CO

Celebrating Rural Health Centers

November 27, 2013  |  Post by: admin  |  Uncategorized Comments Off


Last Thursday, November 21 marked National Rural Health Day, a celebration to honor the strength of rural communities and the health care providers who dedicate their time to addressing the health barriers and challenges that rural populations face.

Nearly one in five Americans live in rural communities, and in Colorado, 48 out of 64 counties in the state are considered rural or frontier areas. Rural communities have unique needs, especially when it comes to health care. People living in rural communities experience higher rates of poverty and unemployment, and lower incomes. Additionally, according to a recent report by the Colorado Rural Health Center, nearly 23% of adults and 16% of children living in rural or frontier counties in Colorado are uninsured. Rural communities also face transportation and access issues, as well as health provider shortages. This is why the rural health care network, which includes Community Health Centers (CHCs), is so important!

CHCs in Colorado play an important role in addressing the needs of rural communities. Half of Colorado’s 18 CHCs and many of their 159 clinic sites are located in rural areas, and provide essential care in communities where there is a shortage of health care providers. Colorado’s CHCs provide affordable and accessible care in these hard to reach areas of the state. Their community based, integrated care model helps address many of the barriers that rural populations face to access high quality, affordable care, and allows providers to practice a more patient centered approach to health care.  

Rural CHCs are essential to the health of Colorado’s underserved rural populations. If you are interested in joining a team of rural health professionals and having an impact on these communities, visit the CHAMPS job board to learn more about employment opportunities. Or, for more information about Colorado’s 18 CHCs, visit CCHN’s website.

 

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