Project ECHO Learning Communities

CHAMPS has partnered with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) to develop and launch interactive Learning Communities to address clinical quality improvement initiatives important to Region VIII Community Health Centers.

Please click or scroll down to learn more about the these CHAMPS/RMPHTC Learning Communities:

What is an ECHO Learning Community? 
ECHO Learning Communities are not like a regular webinar series. Participants will need a computer with a webcam to log onto a live video conference meeting platform where they will see, hear, and interact with content experts and other participants in the learning community.

During each 60- 90 minute ECHO session, a subject matter expert will lead a brief didactic presentation followed by a facilitated discussion with panelists and learners. Learners will then spend the remainder of the hour reflecting on the topic as it applies to their health center and reach out to the expert, panelists and other peer learners for feedback, recommendations, and discussion from the group

ECHO Participant Expectations
As a participant in this FREE learning community, we ask that you:

  • Attend all sessions in the series.
  • Participate in discussions and activities during each session.
  • Join via video for sessions by logging in on a computer with webcam, smartphone, or tablet.


In this series, health center Clinical and Quality Improvement (QI) professionals learned from subject matter experts and discussed strategies for improving rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening with their health center peers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each session was recorded so they could be viewed at a later date. Each recording and related resources will soon be added.

March 12, 2020: Colorectal Cancer Screening Messaging Workshop

Caleb Levell, Director of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) and Bill Willard, Director of Marketing Research for the American Cancer Society (ACS) discussed the latest round of NCCRT’s market research. Through this project, the NCCRT identified motivators and tested messages to identify what resonated with unscreened patients. In this session, participants learned about NCCRT’s newest messaging guidelines, what makes a highly motivating message, and what resources are available to help health centers develop better messaging.

March 19, 2020: Follow-up After Abnormal Screen

Dr. Rachel Issaka, Gastroenterologist and clinical researcher at Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, discussed clinical implications, barriers to follow-up colonoscopy and the interventions that make a difference. Also Jennifer Johnson-Joefield, Quality Director at Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS), a health center in Washington State, shared what the follow up after abnormal screen process looks like at her health center.

March 26, 2020: Colorectal Cancer Screening Considerations for Special and Vulnerable Populations

Jennifer Johnson-Joefield, Quality Director at Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS), discussed how to use health center data to identify the specific populations your health center should be focusing on. She also discussed how PCHS’ approach to supporting self-pay patients and patients experiencing homelessness. In addition, Tinka Duran, Prevention Programs Director for Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board discussed the Great Plains Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative whose aim is to provide support in increasing the rates of colorectal cancer screening in tribal communities.

Registration: This event has concluded. Please check back soon for links to recorded sessions.

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CHAMPS/RMPHTC Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity in Primary Care ECHO series has been postponed from its original dates.  Updated information is below.

In this series, health center care team members will learn from Children’s Hospital Colorado lifestyle medicine specialists how to utilize effective communication strategies, address nutrition and physical activity guidelines, incorporate comorbidity screening, and when to make referrals to address childhood obesity. We encourage a variety of care team members to attend, including medical and behavioral health providers, clinical support staff, and related disciplines.

These learning community sessions will be held at 11:30AM-12:30PM MT | 12:30-1:30PM CT on Wednesdays, May 27 through June 24.

  • May 27, 2020: Starting the Conversation of Child Weight in the Primary Care Setting
  • June 3, 2020: Identifying Weight Related Medical Problems and Motivating Change
  • June 10, 2020: How to Navigate Food and Activity Conversations with Families
  • June 17, 2020: Resources and Referrals
  • June 24, 2020: Putting it All Together: Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Action

Registration is now open HEREThere is no cost for staff from Region VIII health centers to participate in this series. You will be redirected to RMPHTC’s registration platform. Participants must register for the entire series. The registration deadline is Friday, May 22, 2020, or when registration is full. Please register early, as this ECHO learning community has limited capacity!

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.