Project ECHO Learning Communities

CHAMPS has partnered with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) and ECHO Colorado 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 and register for 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 expect 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 are 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 2016 ECHO Learning Communities
In 2016, CHAMPS offered two 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.


In this series, health center care coordination professionals will develop key skills and strategies and will learn about resources to support and engage patients with diabetes in their own care.

Audience: The Care Coordination in Diabetes Management ECHO series is intended for those coordinating the care of patients with diabetes at Region VIII Community Health Centers (CHCs).  This may include case managers, care coordinators, patient navigators, etc., or those health center staff that oversee these roles.  Participating health centers are not required to have a care coordination program specific to Diabetes Management.  However, the series curriculum will focus on diabetes as an example of chronic disease management.

AUGUST 1, 2017 – AUGUST 29, 2017

Dates: The Care Coordination Strategies for Diabetes Management ECHO Learning Community will meet each Tuesday in August (8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29).

Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM MT (12:30 PM-1:30 PM CT)

Sessions in Series:

  • August 1:     Diabetes Nutrition 101
  • August 8:     Identifying and Monitoring Patients for Care Coordination
  • August 15:   Patient Motivation
  • August 22:   Tools to Support Behavior Change
  • August 29:   Building a Medical Neighborhood

Registration: Register HERE for this event.  Each participant, even those attending from the same health center, must register as an individual.  If possible, please have participants connect to each session from their own device.  There is no cost to attend this event.  Participants are highly encouraged to attend all five sessions in the series.  If you have any questions about this series, please contact the Clinical Quality Improvement Director.

Download a flyer for this event HERE.


In this series, health center participants will learn 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.

This ECHO Learning Committee Series will be held in Fall of 2017. More details and registration information will follow.  If you have any questions or comments on this upcoming series, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.