Regional Health Connector HSR 17/4

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About The Health Education and Resources Institute (THEARI)

The Health Education and Resources Institute (THEARI) is an independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Since 2002, THEARI has been committed to supporting the creation of health-conscious and educated communities served by a diverse and competent healthcare workforce. Within an innovative framework, THEARI partners to create and implement inclusive healthcare education programs addressing the dynamic needs of students, healthcare providers, and communities. Our programs and goals allow us to improve the distribution of the healthcare workforce, create educational opportunities to address the healthcare needs of our communities, and increase the diversity in health disciplines while connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.

Overview of the Regional Health Connector HSR 17/4 Role

Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are a crucial point of connection between primary care practices, other health care providers, public health, and community resources and will be engaged to help accomplish the broad aims of the Behavioral Health Recovery Act. RHCs also engage primary care in local community health planning and improvement efforts and aligning public health and community resources in efforts to transform and improve primary care. The Regional Health Connector program is critical for achieving successful interventions for social determinants of health through partnerships between primary care and community health organizations and will help to further build on the cross-sector partnerships and synergies that have formed as a key outcome of the State Innovation Model.

The Regional Health Connector HSR 17/4 will support Clear Creek, Gilpin, Park, Teller and El Paso counties and will specifically:

  • Educate health-care providers on evidence-based and evidence-informed therapies and techniques to enable health-care providers to incorporate such practices in their work and to improve community health
  • Provide support and assistance to primary care providers as a link between primary care services, behavioral health services, public health services, and community agencies to improve community health and health care, including attention to behavioral health needs
  • Assist primary care practices and community agencies in connecting patients with mental health or substance use disorders to support and treatment options
  • Educate health-care providers about preventive medicine, health promotion, chronic disease management, and behavioral health services
  • Provide clear information to providers and community members regarding COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and vaccines
  • Disseminate practice transformation opportunities, provide support to evaluation efforts
  • Assist practices to participate in community activities and address social need of the community

This position may require occasional evening and weekend hours. The Regional Health Connector will preferably live in Park, Clear Creek or Gilpin counties or have equivalent community experiences in rural mountain communities.

Details: A $1000.00 sign-on bonus is being offered with $500.00 paid after first 60 days and $500.00 paid after first year of employment. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Company-provided health plan, worksite wellness program benefits, paid time off and holidays, and a professional development budget are included. No further benefits are provided. Compensation for this position is $23.00 – $25.00 per hour based on experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in project specific orientation, on-going learning community calls, and related training
  • Attend and participate in monthly meetings
  • Submit monthly field notes documenting work in communities
  • Complete community needs assessment
  • Facilitate connection to educational opportunities
  • Assist practices in addressing social need of the community
  • Engage with practices to connect them to community resources and partners
  • Engage primary care practices regarding COVID-19 information and efforts, including increasing awareness of monoclonal antibody treatment, vaccines, and prevention efforts
  • Disseminate practice transformation opportunities
  • Participate in evaluation efforts


  • Participate in relevant activities within the Host Organization
  • Connect RHC projects and opportunities to other THEARI programs and initiatives
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned Other duties as

Supervision Received:

Manages assigned responsibilities and daily schedule in partnership with and receiving general supervision from the Executive Director.


Education and Experience-

  • Advanced degree in a healthcare field, public health, health policy, health systems, education, or related field preferred
  • Interest and/or field experience in health care, public health, or education preferred
  • Previous work experience in a remote/home and office environment
  • Experience working as both part of a team, and working independently

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities-

  • Flexible, collaborative, and an ability to anticipate needs and priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Professional interpersonal skills, customer-service oriented, and efficient use of resources
  • Strong demonstrated critical thinking, organizing and problem-solving skills. Ability to manage competing priorities, to troubleshoot and prioritize projects, meet deadlines, and manage workflow and workload
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, and Teams) and fluent navigation of the internet required


Valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance, and reliable transportation.

Physical Demands:

Primarily sedentary work with occasional standing, walking, lifting, moving, and traveling to other departments or work sites. Requires ability to use hands, fingers, and arms for keyboarding, filing, telephone work, and operating office equipment greater than 75% of the time. Requires ability to push, pull, move, and/or lift 10-20 lbs. 0-25% of the time. Also, requires:


  1. Working in a home office and standard on-site business office environment
  2. Continuous use of PC equipment including keyboard and mouse
  3. Frequent use of video conference software and speakers or headphones
  4. Occasionally needs to work during scheduled off-hours (e.g. holidays, weekends, and evenings) to meet project

Visual/Hearing Requirements:

Requires adequate hearing to receive detailed oral information over the phone, online, and in-person. Requires ability to convey detailed spoken information to internal and external customers individually and in groups, over the phone, online, and in-person. Requires adequate visual acuity to use a computer screen and read written documents.

Environmental Conditions:

Remote home office and traditional office environment. Team-based and worksite wellness atmosphere.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:

THEARI is an equal opportunity employer and prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, color, creed, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran status, political ideology, marital status, pregnancy, maternity, or paternity, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. Equal employment opportunity, as required by law, shall apply to all personnel actions including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, demotion, layoff or termination, working conditions, wages and salary administration, and employee benefits.


Due to COVID-19, the THEARI offices are currently closed, and all team members are working remotely. Any in-person meetings, events, gatherings, or physical office visits require additional COVID-19 protocols. Should THEARI reopen their offices, the Regional Health Connector HSR 17 will be available to work on- and off-site. THEARI is at 10200 East Girard Ave. B131, Denver, CO 80231 and 303 E. 17th Ave, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80203.

Application Process:

To apply please submit application materials (including a resume, cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications, and a one-page statement describing your understanding of the current and emerging health challenges in Colorado) to Sandra Kohl through our website HERE (http://centralcoahec.org/forms/view.php?id=74968). Review of resumes will continue until the position is filled.

To apply for this job please visit centralcoahec.org.

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