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 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 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.


Event Overview: This series, offered in partnership between the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center and Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS), aims to support primary care team members by addressing evidence-based practices for suicide screening and treatment in the primary care setting.

Over the course of four, free, live sessions, primary care staff will discuss clinical and operational strategies for addressing suicide and providing suicide safe care for health center patients. Practical tools and resources will also be discussed and shared by content experts and peers. Continuing Education credits will be applied for.

Dates/Time/Topics: Each session will be held 12-1PM MT | 1-2PM CT on the following Thursdays in March:

  • March 4: An Overview of Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Region VIII
    • Kim Patton, PsyD | HRSA Public Health Analyst
  • March 11:  Zero Suicide and Safer Suicide Care in Primary Care
    • Chelsea Booth, PhD | Zero Suicide Institute Associate Director
  • March 18: Suicide Safe Care for Patients
    • Karl Rosston, LSCW | MT Department of Public Health and Human Services Suicide Prevention Coordinator
  • March 25: Using a Strength-Based Approach to Suicide Assessment and Treatment
    • John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD | University of Montana Professor of Counseling

Audience: This series is open to primary care staff at Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) health centers including medical and behavioral health providers, clinical support staff, quality improvement staff, and related disciplines.

Registration: The cohort for this learning community has reached capacity. Click here to register for the waitlist. You will be redirected to the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center’s registration platform.

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions or to express interest in a future cohort offering.


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 encouraged a variety of care team members to attend, including medical and behavioral health providers, clinical support staff, and related disciplines.

Please check back for additional updates as more information becomes available.

Coming Spring 2021!

View the event flyer for upcoming ECHO Learning Communities here. Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.