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 quality improvement initiatives important to Region VIII Community Health Centers. These communities include ECHO Learning Communities and Communities of Practice (COP).

Please click or scroll down to learn more about upcoming live 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 15 minute 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 to:

  • 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.

What is a Community of Practice (COP)? 
Communities of Practice (COP) focus on building awareness around specific topic areas. Regular online connections, via the Zoom video platform, create a space for ongoing conversations while building a professional network for continued learning and support. COP sessions are less structured than ECHO Learning Communities and much of the content is driven by the participants.

COP Participant Expectations
As a participant in this free learning community, we ask that you to:

  • Attend as many or as few sessions as you like. However, regular participation in encouraged.
  • Participate in discussions and activities during each session.
  • Join via video for sessions by logging in on a computer with webcam, smartphone, or tablet.

Costs For ECHO Learning Communities and Communities of Practice
Participation in a CHAMPS/RMPHTC ECHO or Community of Practice is FREE for health centers (Health Center Program Grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY). At this time, participation is limited to Region VIII health centers.  Please visit the Region VIII Health Centers and PCAs page to determine if your organization qualifies for free participation in these ECHO Learning Communities.

CHAMPS/RMPHTC TEAM-BASED PATIENT ENGAGEMENT TO SUPPORT DIABETES MANAGEMENT ECHO

In this series, health center Quality Improvement (QI) professionals discussed behavioral health theory and applied it to policies for clinical support staff roles to improve patient engagement across the continuum of care.

This 2018 event has concluded.  Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions or if you wish to be considered for a future iteration of this ECHO.

CHAMPS/RMPHTC COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE (COP): ADVANCED POPULATION HEALTH PRACTICES FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING  

Advanced Population Health Practices for Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRCS) COP will allow health center quality improvement (QI) staff to think beyond the basics and meet with peers to discuss ongoing and emerging needs in QI.  This series will focus on colorectal cancer screening as the metric of discussion, but the strategies and conversation will likely apply to quality improvement programs more broadly. The first session will begin with an open discussion among participants.  “What does population health mean at your health center?  How are you implementing population health practices to further your practice transformation efforts?”  Come prepared to share your successes and hear from others in the region who may have overcome the struggles you are currently working through.  Conversation is open ended, and you are encouraged to ask your own questions of your peers.  For example, you might like to know how to prepare yourself for joining an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), or how to strengthen your compliance plan ahead of an On-Site Visit (OSV), etc.  Subsequent sessions may then include invited panelists who can address questions raised by the community members.

Dates/Time: Advanced Population Health Practices for Colorectal Cancer Screening COP sessions will occur on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00-2:00PM MT (2:00-3:00PM CT).

  • February 7th – Introduction and Discussion About Needs
  • March 7th – How to Build Effective Community Partnerships
  • April 4th – Improving CRCS Messaging and Patient Communication
  • May 2nd – Topic to be determined based on COP needs
  • June 6th – Topic to be determined based on COP needs

Audience: Quality Improvement and/or Clinical Operations/Practice Management Staff at Community Health Centers in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY).

Registration: Please register on the RMPHTC webpage here.  Participants are encouraged to attend the full series, but this is not required.  New members can register and join the COP at any time during the series. Registration will remain open until June 6, 2019.

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.