Whether you see health care as a right or a privilege, it's impossible not to see the health disparities that exist in our communities. Though much attention has been paid to the social determinants of health and bias (both implicit and explicit), less attention has been paid to looking at the role privilege (or the lack of privilege) plays in the lives our health care professionals and the patients/communities we serve. Understanding our own privilege and being able to use that privilege and power to lift up our communities is essential in creating a more just and equitable health care system. I look forward to helping you reflect, and hopefully, commit to action. Presented by:
Cleveland Piggott, MD, MPH
Closing the Gap; Perceptions & Reality of Youth Substance Use
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There are challenges and opportunities that face Colorado youth and the professionals that serve them. Closing the Gap is an interactive lesson that facilitates critical thinking about substance use data and the ways in which our perceptions influence teen substance misuse prevention. In this session we’ll be balancing hope and concern as we look at key substance use data (including our 2020 Rise Above Colorado Youth Survey and new Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data collected during the pandemic), identifying opportunities to advance positive community norms and bring youth perceptions more closely in line with reality. Presented by:
Kent MacLennan BS,MA
COVID-19 and The Indian Health Service: Lessons From A Rural Medical Center in the Four Corners
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The impact of COVID-19 was devastating for Native American Communities. Early in the pandemic, the Navajo Nation had the highest rates of COVID-19 in the world. Providing patient care in a rural setting with unique cultural and community considerations during the pandemic led to a renewed commitment to addressing health disparities. In this session, we will discuss the COVID-19 experience at Northern Navajo Medical Center and how the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Navajo Nation worked together to respond to this crisis. Adapting patterns of care and maximizing cultural strengths led to programming which recognized the resilience of the Navajo people. Lessons learned during COVID-19 will persist in the IHS efforts to provide high quality care to tribal communities experiencing health inequities. Presented by:
Dr. David Greenberg, MD; Dr. Jenna Landers, DO; Dr. Erin Shifeling, MD; Dr. Lance Whitehair, MD.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic, deleterious impact on populations experiencing homelessness in Colorado. In this presentation, we will describe facets/conditions of homelessness and persons at-risk for homelessness with a focus on youth, young adults, and adults/older adults. We will explore the unique conditions that have occurred during the pandemic to challenge the status quo of the homeless experience and how social services are delivered to individuals/families. Presented by:
Scott Harpin PhD, MPH, RN
The San Luis Valley Unsheltered: A story of barriers to health and a tool kit for authentic engagement.
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This presentation will highlight the barriers to services and the impact that COVID-19 is having on the unsheltered and immigrant population in Colorado's rural San Luis Valley. Presenters will provide a "tool kit" for learning and engaging these self-isolating, vulnerable populations who often distrust institutional services. Trained facilitators will introduce the cutting edge "Protective Factors" service model and provide and facilitate an activity that illustrates the potential of this new approach. Presented by:
Lance Cheslock, and Shanae Diaz.
La Puente, Alamosa
This session will cover the basics of affirming care, including diagnosing gender dysphoria, and initiation and monitoring hormone therapy for gender transition, including review of risks/benefits, expected timeline, selection/dosing of medications and contraindications. Additionally, preventive care recommendations for TGNB individuals according to national guidelines will be reviewed. Patient cases will be utilized to synthesize and apply knowledge presented.
Provider Burnout and Healing in the Face of a Global Pandemic
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When a clinician exhibits noticeable declines in medical decision making, documentation, bedside manner, or staff interactions, their colleagues and organizations are often quick to blame or punish the person for these behavior changes. Through stories, this session describes the complex realities facing America’s health care weary workforce and offers practical tools for individuals and a systems approach for organizations to redefine health and well-being at work and beyond.