Regional Health Connector HSR 17

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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 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 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: 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:

SB137- Behavioral Health Recovery Act Deliverables-

  • Attend and participate in a monthly meeting, hosted by the RHC Project Manager, focused on substance abuse, behavioral health, and COVID-19 response resources
  • Submit monthly field notes documenting work in respective community focused on behavioral health, substance abuse, and COVID-19 response
  • Complete community needs assessment as related to behavioral health and substance abuse resources in the respective region, as defined in collaboration with the RHC Project Manager
  • Facilitate connection to educational opportunities provided by the Practice Innovation Program and other partners, for primary care practices, other health providers, or other community organizations in the region
  • Engage with practices participating in Practice Innovation Program projects where applicable to connect them to community resources and partners
  • Engage primary care practices in their region regarding COVID-19 information and efforts, including increasing awareness of monoclonal antibody treatment, vaccines, and prevention efforts
  • Participate in evaluation efforts as led by the Practice Innovation Program, including qualitative interviews, as related to the work performed as part of this program
  • Endeavor to identify potential Peer Recovery Coaches in the region and disseminate opportunities for training to become certified Peer Recovery Coaches
  • Endeavor to identify certified Peer Recovery Coaches in the region and connect them to practices and organizations to support efforts to address substance use disorder


ISP – Innovation Support Project Deliverables-

  • Participate in project specific orientation, on-going learning community calls, and ISP related training
  • Disseminate practice transformation opportunities, including information about the Innovation Support Project (ISP) to practices in the region, as appropriate
  • Provide support to ISP-related RHC Evaluation efforts, including evaluation of the RHC role in responding to COVID- 19
  • Provide input to the development of medical neighborhoods to the Regional Accountable Entity (RAE) or a local hospital participating in the Hospital Transformation Program (HTP)
  • Invite practices to participate in community activities and connect practices to community assets as appropriate
  • Assist practices in addressing social need of the community
  • Engage in Collaborative Learning Sessions (CLS) when held
  • Connect and work in collaboration with the Practice Facilitators (PF) working with practice(s) in the region to most effectively coordinate ISP efforts that benefit the practice



  • 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 assigned.

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 commitments.


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.


THEARI is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position.

To apply for this job please visit centralcoahec.org.

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