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.

CHAMPS Trainings and COVID-19

CHAMPS is monitoring the fluid and rapidly evolving situation relative to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on face-to-face gatherings.  On March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Interim Guidance for Coronavirus recommending that events for groups of 50 or more people be cancelled, postponed, or modified to be virtual for the next eight weeks.  Therefore, CHAMPS is considering a range of options to optimize learning and promote public health relative to the upcoming CHAMPS Spanish Language Trainings and CORE Competencies Training listed below.  We are making every effort to give registrants plenty of time to plan and prepare and will keep registrants posted on all adjustments.

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Leadership Learning Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunity: AIHM Fellowship Program

Spanish Language Intensive Trainings

Resiliency Collaborative


In Winter 2020, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) offered an opportunity for one CHAMPS Organizational Member health center clinician to be awarded a full scholarship (valued at $24,000) to participate in the AIHM Fellowship Program. The application period for this opportunity has now closed. 

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


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Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CHAMPS Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals has been modified to a virtual format.  All current registrants are receiving direct communications about the change, and new registrants are welcome.  Please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.

New Online Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals Course

Date/Time: Four days: Friday, April 24-Monday, April 27, 2019.  Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT Friday through Monday.

Location: This new course is only available online.

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other clinical 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 in-person 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. This new virtual training uses the same materials, live and interactive instruction, explanations, guidance and role plays as the in-person sessions. Beginner and Intermediate skill levels will be offered, with separate classes for each level.  Please note, Ríos Associates has final determination over level based on the self-assessment.  

Course Objectives: Participants who complete the four-day 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 for the four-day as follows:

  • 20 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA), plus the opportunity to earn up to 45 hours total through self study.

COURSE FEES: The four-day 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 online Spanish language instruction, course book (to be mailed to you), and CME.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance.
  • 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 2020 Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals is now open for both the Beginner and Intermediate skill levels.  Download the registration forms for the four-day course, HERE.  If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received payment, completed registration form, and completed self-assessment form.  The registration deadline is April 16, 2020, or when registration is full.

Medical Spanish Language for Clinical Support Staff – CANCELLED

In light of the social distancing required to address COVID-19, we regret to report that the two-day Medical Spanish Language for Clinical Support Staff course has been cancelled. Current registrants should check their emails for additional information or contact the Programs Coordinator, Population Health with any questions.


CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative

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 and end with a practice of mindfulness techniques. The bulk of each session will be comprised of group discussion on topics selected by the participants. This cohort will meet for five months. Sessions will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays, February through June 2020. Each session will be held from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MT (12:30 – 1:30 PM CT). We ask that you try to attend all of the first four sessions held in February and March. Two sessions will continue to be offered monthly April through June; you may attend one or both of those sessions as your schedule allows.

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

  • Attend the first four sessions in the series (to the best of your ability).
  • Attend at least once per month for the remaining three months.
  • Participate in discussions and activities during each session.
  • Join via video for sessions by logging in on a computer with a webcam, smartphone, or tablet. If you are in need of a webcam to participate, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

Resiliency Collaborative Session Dates: Each session will be held from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MT (12:30 – 1:30 PM CT) on the following Tuesdays:

  • February 11 and 25 (Aim to attend both sessions)
  • March 10 and 24 (Aim to attend both sessions)
  • April 14 and 28 (Aim to attend at least one session)
  • May 12 and 26 (Aim to attend at least one session)
  • June 9 and 23 (Aim to attend at least one session)

Registration: This cohort has filled to capacity; registration is now closed.  Please email the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director if you wish to be added to the wait list or to participate in a future collaborative.

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