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 Trainings

Resiliency Collaborative

CHAMPS Clinical Podcasts

CHAMPS Workforce Podcasts

SPANISH LANGUAGE INTENSIVE TRAININGS

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Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

Date/Time: Four days: Friday, April 24-Monday, April 27, 2019, in Denver, CO.  Class will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MT Friday through Saturday and 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MT on Monday.

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

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 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.  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:

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

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 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 2020 Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals is now open for all levels.  Download the registration forms for the four-day course, HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact the Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Registration is complete when CHAMPS has received payment, completed registration form, and completed self-assessment form.  The registration deadline is March 25, 2020 or when registration is full.  Register early, as this class fills up quickly!

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 the attachment to Helen@CHAMPSonline.org.

NEW!  Medical Spanish Language for Clinical Support Staff

Date/Time: Two days: Tuesday, April 28-Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Denver, CO.  Class will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MT Tuesday and 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MT on Wednesday.

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

Target Audience: The course is targeted for nurses, medical assistants, care coordinators, patient navigators, and other clinical support personnel who already speak intermediate to advanced Spanish. The four-day course above is available to Spanish language learners.

Event Overview: CHAMPS, in conjunction with Denver Medical Society, is offering a NEW course this Spring.  This course is targeted for nurses, medical assistants, care coordinators, patient navigators, and other clinical support personnel who work in primary care with the opportunity to increase their Spanish fluency and enhance interpersonal skills to effectively care for Spanish speaking patients and their families.  This two-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.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete the two-day course will:

  • Strengthen their ability to communicate with patients in professional and correct Spanish by utilizing medical vocabulary, medical terminology, and idiomatic expressions.
  • Strengthen their interpersonal connection with patients by using verbal and non-verbal cues.

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available for the two-day course as follows:

  • 16 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA).

COURSE FEES: The two-day course fee is $299 for CHAMPS and/or DMS Members and $349 for Non-Members.  Please click HERE to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes two 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 2020 Medical Spanish Language for Clinical Support Staff is now open.  Download the registration forms for the two-day course, HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact the Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Registration is complete when CHAMPS has received payment, completed registration form, and completed self-assessment form.  The registration deadline is March 25, 2020 or when registration is full.

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 the attachment to Helen@CHAMPSonline.org.

CHAMPS RESILIENCY COLLABORATIVE

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.

Target Audience:  Enrollment is open to providers from health centers in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY) from all disciplines; medical, behavioral, and oral health providers. This cohort will be capped at 20 providers.

Cost:  Participation in the CHAMPS Resiliency Collaborative is FREE for providers from health centers 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 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.

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 CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

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)

Episode 3: Spectra Health (formerly Valley Community Health Centers)

This interview with Robin Landwehr, LPCC and Behavioral Health Director at Spectra Health (formerly Valley Community Health Centers) in North Dakota, focuses on the vital importance of collaboration in effective prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. Robin discusses VCHC’s partnerships with the clinical psychology, social work, and physical therapy programs the University of North Dakota, the local health department, a chiropractor, and MAT providers across the region, and how these relationships have strengthened their ability to address everything from opioid use disorders during pregnancy to chronic pain management. Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast. Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: February 8, 2019

Length: 23:04 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Spectra Health (formerly Valley Community Health Centers)
Medication Assisted Treatment
University of North Dakota
Primary Care PTSD Screener
Trauma-Informed Care
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Project ECHO
Social Determinants of Health

Episode 4: Sunrise Community Health

In this interview Dr. Lesley Brooks, Chief Medical Office of Sunrise Community Health and Assistant Director of the North Colorado Health Alliance, discusses the process of designing and implementing their hub-and-spoke model to address not only the current opioid crisis but to also promote long-term community wellness. Dr. Brooks touches on the details of coalition building, strategic planning, community outreach, and collaborating with non-traditional partners from Community Mental Health Centers to the criminal justice system. Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast. Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: March 29, 2019

Length: 35:54 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Sunrise Community Health
North Colorado Health Alliance
Provider Education Workgroup
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
SummitStone Health Partners
North Range Behavioral Health
Community Health Center
Community Mental Health Center
Opioid Treatment Programs
Health District of Northern Larimer County
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Denver Health
Dr. John Brooklyn
Hub-and-Spoke Model
Rolling Stone
Regional Accountable Entity
Colorado Opioid Synergy Larimer and Weld
OpiSafe
Salud Family Health Centers
Partnership for a Drug-Free America Campaign
Jail-Based Behavioral Health Services Programs

Episode 5: Alluvion Health and PureView Health Center

Two Montana health center CEOs – Jill-Marie Steeley of PureView Health Center and Trista Besich of Alluvion Health – discuss the challenges and benefits associated with co-locating to provide substance use disorder treatment services. They discuss their experiences building staff buy-in, collaborating with leadership at treatment facilities, and the sometimes unexpected results of their initiatives. Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast. Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: April 26, 2019

Length: 27:26 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
PureView Health Center
Alluvion Health
Healthcare for the Homeless
School-Based Health Center
Boyd Andrew Community Services
Gateway Recovery Center
Center for Mental Health Care in Great Falls
Uniform Data System

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 (discontinued 10/31/2018)
SUMSearch2
Trip Database
Loansome Doc (discontinued)

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

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

*This site is no longer active as of January 2019

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 CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

CHAMPS WORKFORCE PODCASTS

Staff Wellness Best Practices Interview Series

In this series, CHAMPS is highlighting interesting and innovative ways that Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and health centers in Region VIII are addressing staff wellness as a component of supporting employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention.  This series consists of free downloadable interviews with staff at health centers and PCAs 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 CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Workforce and Communications.

Looking for additional resources? Visit the CHAMPS Staff Wellness and Resiliency Resources webpage.

Episode 1: Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas

This interview with Becky Wahl, Director of Quality and Innovation at Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD), the bi-state Primary Care Association that supports health centers in North and South Dakota, is focused on CHAD’s staff wellness program, how it was started, and barriers they faced when implementing it.  Also discussed are CHAD’s future goals for the program.  Click here to download and listen to the audio-only podcast.  Click here to download a typed transcript of the podcast audio.

Interview Date: July 17, 2019

Length: 17:45 minutes

Referenced Organizations and Resources (ordered as mentioned in the podcast)
Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD)
Primary Care Associations (PCAs)
Community Health Centers (CHCs)
Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO)/Collaborative Improvement Project (ECQIP)
Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs)
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative