Events and Trainings

The following resources have been compiled to help you research opportunities for continuing professional development and peer networking through live, Internet-based, and archived conferences, seminars, and workshops. These opportunities include CHAMPS’ and other regional and national events and trainings.

Please follow the links below for:
Annual Primary Care Conference
Calendar of Events
Distance Learning – Webcasts and Teleconferences

Leadership Learning Opportunities

Spanish Language Intensive Training

Resiliency Collaborative

CHAMPS Clinical Podcasts

SPANISH LANGUAGE INTENSIVE TRAINING

Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Date/Time: Friday, April 12-Monday, April 15, 2019*, in Denver, CO.  Class will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MT Friday through Sunday and 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MT on Monday. *Please note these dates have been changed since the SAVE THE DATE was released. This date no longer conflicts with Passover and Easter Weekend. 

Location: Denver Medical Society, 1850 Williams Street, Denver, Colorado, 80218

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, medical assistants, and other medical personnel.  Other types of health care professionals are welcome to attend; however, it is important to note that only a limited amount of time is spent on terminology for other disciplines such as oral health or behavioral health.

Event Overview: CHAMPS, in conjunction with Denver Medical Society, offers an annual medical Spanish language training for clinicians and clinical support staff at Region VIII health centers each spring.  This four-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice.  The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients.  Please note, Ríos Associates has final determination over level based on the self-assessment.  To download an event flyer and hotel information, click here.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete the course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen their ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in medical emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, and past tenses, and command forms.
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  • Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.
  • Intermediate students will be able to do all of the above, in addition to using more idioms as well as complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses, plus subjunctive mood and its tenses).

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available as follows:

  • 45 prescribed hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 45 contact hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • 43 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association.

Course Fees: The course fee is $649 for CHAMPS and/or DMS Members and $799 for Non-Members.  Please click here to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes four days of Spanish language instruction, course book, CME, and snacks.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance.  Refunds will not be provided, however, if necessary, another individual may substitute for a registrant.
  • Payment should be made in the form of a check made payable to Ríos Associates along with the registration and self-assessment forms.

Registration: Registration for the 2019 Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals is now open for all levels. Registration is complete when CHAMPS has received payment, completed registration form, and completed self-assessment form. The registration deadline is March 25, 2019, or when registration is full. Register early, this class fills up quickly.

Click here to download the registration forms.  If you have any questions, please contact the Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Make check payable to Ríos Associates and mail check, completed registration form and self-assessment form to Helen Rhea Vernier, CHAMPS, 600 Grant Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80203.  You may fax the registration form in advance to 303-861-5315 with “Attention Helen Rhea Vernier” or email Helen@CHAMPSonline.org.

CHAMPS RESILIENCY COLLABORATIVE

CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative Pilot Program

Event Overview:  The CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative is a facilitated peer support group using concepts from the evidence-based framework, Finding Meaning in Medicine, in an online format. Each session will begin with a practice of mindfulness techniques followed by group discussion. This Resiliency Collaborative is a pilot project intended to evaluate the effectiveness of online meetings to build resiliency and reduce burnout in professionally isolated providers at Region VIII health centers. This pilot program will last for six months in duration- every two weeks for the first two months beginning on Tuesday, September 4th and then once per month for the next four months for a total of eight sessions. Each session will be held from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM MT (1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT).

Target Audience:  Enrollment is open to providers from health centers (Health Center Program Awardees) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY) from all disciplines; medical, behavioral health, and oral health providers. This pilot cohort will be capped at 15 providers. Interested providers are asked to complete a brief (eight question) application to be reviewed by the by the CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative Planning Committee. Preference will be given to those clinicians from professionally isolated environments. Additional placements will then be given to interested clinicians from larger health centers. A provider’s perceived level of burnout is not a factor for or against consideration for this pilot program.

Cost:  Participation in the CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative is FREE for providers from health centers (Health Center Program Awardees) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).  Please visit the CHAMPS Region VIII Health Centers and Primary Care Associations webpage to determine if your organization qualifies for free participation.

Resiliency Collaborative Participant Expectations: As a participant in this free resiliency collaborative pilot program, we ask that you:

  • Attend at least six of eight sessions in the series (to the best of your ability).
  • Participate in discussions and activities during each session.
  • Join via video for sessions by logging in on a computer with webcam, smartphone, or tablet.
  • Complete the Maslach Burnout Survey for Medical Personnel scale four times during the pilot.
  • Complete an evaluation survey at the end of the collaborative and a follow up survey six months later.

Resiliency Collaborative Session Dates: Each session will be held from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM MT (1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT) on the following Tuesdays:

  • September 4th and 18th
  • October 2nd and 16th
  • November 6th
  • December 4th
  • January 8th
  • February 5th

Registration: The application period for this cohort is now closed.

If you have any questions, or wish to be considered for a future cohort, please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

CHAMPS CLINICAL PODCASTS

Substance Use Disorder Best Practices Interview Series

One of the ways CHAMPS is addressing substance use disorders is by highlighting existing health center best and promising practices for addressing these challenges and sharing them with the region. This series consists of free downloadable 30-minute interviews with staff at health centers that are operating interesting and innovative programs; typed transcripts of these interviews are also available for download.

Are you or your health center interested in being interviewed as part of this series? Please contact the Program Specialist, Substance Use Disorders.

Looking for additional resources? Visit the CHAMPS Substance Use Disorder Resources webpage.

Episode 1: Salud Family Health Centers

This interview with Dr. Yajaira Johnson-Esparza and Dr. Michael Noonan from Salud’s Commerce City Clinic in Colorado is focused on the implementation and improvement of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services in a Community Health Center setting. Dr. Johnson-Esparza and Dr. Noonan discuss everything from barriers like stigma to the importance of behavioral health integration and team-based care, in addition to sharing stories and advice based on their lived experience of MAT at Salud. Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast. Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: November 30, 2018

Length: 29:04 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Salud Family Health Centers
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Sunrise Community Health
Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
Tri-Counties Overdose Prevention Partnership
IT MATTTRs Colorado
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Episode 2: RiverStone Health

In this interview Dr. Sharon Mulvehill and Sandi Larsen of RiverStone Health in Montana discuss Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services for both opioid use and other types of substance use disorders. The conversation emphasizes the role of care coordination, universal screening, and community partnerships in addressing SUDs. Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast. Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: December 17, 2018

Length: 31:06 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
RiverStone Health
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Trauma-Informed Care
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Rimrock Foundation
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
CHAMPS Annual Primary Care Conference
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Psychiatric Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Region VIII State Primary Care Associations (PCAs)

Clinical Searching Skills Series

Episode 1: Evidence-based Medical Searching Skills

This conversation with Dana Abbey, a medical librarian from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), discusses how providers can conduct efficient searches for evidence-based medical information. Click here to listen to the audio-only podcast.

Length: 10:41 minutes

Provider Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
BioMed Central
PLOS Medicine
PubMed
PubMed Central
PubMed Health
SUMSearch2
Trip Database
Loansome Doc

Additional Videos on Medical Information Searching (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
PubMed: Search a PICO Question (Length: 07:24 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pVxRw-y8-M
PICO Search in the TRIP Database (Length: 01:07 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBPdHKmT2FA (01:07 minutes)
PubMed for Clinicians (Length: 44:44 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYW2_eUsK9E
Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query (Length: 03:02 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyF8uQY9wys

Podcast Citations (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
JAMA Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group, A New Approach to Teaching the Practice of Medicine
PLOS Medicine, Why Most Clinical Research Is Not Useful
IBM, What is Big Data Analytics
Annuls of Internal Medicine, Allocation of Physician Time in Ambulatory Practice

CHAMPS DynaMed Plus PPP 
For more information about obtaining a subscription-based clinical decision support tool as discussed in the podcast, visit CHAMPS DynaMed Plus Preferred Pricing Program.

Episode 2: Online Patient Education Resources

This conversation with Dana Abbey, a medical librarian from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), discusses how to find reliable health information online. Click here to listen to the audio-only podcast.

Length: 8:08 minutes

Patient Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus Connect
EthnoMed
Genetic Home Reference
NIH Senior Health
ClinicalTrials.gov

Additional Reading List for Providers (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Click This, Not That: Talking to Patients About Reliable Online Health Information
Choosing Effective Patient Education Materials
Health Coaching: Teaching Patients to Fish

Podcast Citations (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Pew Research, The social life of health information
Medline Plus, Choosing effective patient education materials

If you have any questions, please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director.