Project ECHO Learning Communities

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

Please click or scroll down to learn more about upcoming live CHAMPS ECHO Learning Communities:

How is an ECHO Learning Community Different? 
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.

Health centers are encouraged to invite a cross disciplinary team of professionals from their health center to participate in these clinic-wide quality improvement focused ECHO series.

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

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

Session Format
During each 60 minute 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.

Costs For ECHO Learning Communities
Participation in a CHAMPS/RMPHTC ECHO is FREE for health centers (Health Center Program Grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY), including CME credit. 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.

Completed ECHO Learning Communities

2016 Colorectal Cancer Screening ECHO Learning Community: In this series, health center participants learned about tools and strategies to improve patient outcomes related to colorectal cancer screening rates in support of the 80 by 18 goal set by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

2016 Behavioral Health ECHO Learning Community: In this series, health center participants learned about the fastest growing model of integrated care and practical strategies to apply in order to move towards behavioral health integration.

2017 Care Coordination Strategies for Diabetes Management ECHO Learning Communities: In this series, health center care coordination professionals developed key skills and strategies and  learned about resources to support and engage patients with diabetes in their own care. This learning community launched a second cohort in fall of 2017.

Winter 2018 Care Coordination Strategies to Improve Rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening ECHO Learning Communities: In this series, health center care coordination professionals developed key skills and strategies and learned about resources to support and engage patients in a way that supports completion of colorectal cancer screening.

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

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

Audience: QI professionals from Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) health centers who are seeking ways to develop patient engagement policies grounded in behavioral health theory at various touch points within the patient visit.  The QI professionals are encouraged to invite the following staff members each week:

  • Session 1 (September 20): Front Desk staff or their leadership
  • Session 2 (September 27): MA, RN, LPN staff or their leadership
  • Session 3 (October 4): Specialist roles (patient educator, certified diabetes educator, registered dietitians, or other educator roles within the health center) or their leadership
  • Session 4 (October 11): Care Coordinators, Case Managers, Patient Navigators, or their leadership
  • Session 5 (October 18): Providers who wish to be involved in this overview/policy creation session

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – OCTOBER 18, 2018

Day and Time: Thursdays, 11:30AM – 12:30PM MT (12:30PM – 1:30PM CT)

Sessions in Series

  • September 20:  Applying Behavioral Health Theory to the Front Office Role: Engaging Patients in Their Care at Reception
  • September 27:  Applying Behavioral Health Theory to the MA Role: Engaging Patients in Their Care at Clinical Intake
  • October 4:  Applying Behavioral Health Theory to the Specialist Roles: Engaging Patients through Diabetes-specific Care
  • October 11:  Applying Behavioral Health Theory to the Care Coordinator Role: Continuing to Engage Patients Outside of the Clinic
  • October 18:  Developing Theory-based Policies Across the Continuum of Care

Cost: This series is FREE for 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.

Registration: Click here to register for this learning community. Registration will close on September 13th. However, capacity in this event is limited and this ECHO Learning Community may fill before that date.

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.

*ADDITIONAL CHAMPS/RMPHTC 2018-2019 ECHO LEARNING COMMUNITIES

CHAMPS and RMPHTC are also developing a collaborative learning opportunity for Quality Improvement Staff on Colorectal Cancer Screening to launch in early 2019.

Please check back for additional information on this opportunity.

Please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions or to give suggestions for future ECHO topics.