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.

CHAMPS/WMT AHEC BUILDING RESILIENCY SKILLS LEARNING COMMUNITY 

Building Resiliency Skills: Walking Together Towards Healing in a Time of Collective Loss 

This learning community, developed by CHAMPS and Western Montana Area Health Education Center (WMT AHEC) and sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC), will provide health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), as well as other healthcare organizations in Montana, access to four, 60-minute interactive learning sessions focused on building individual resiliency skills.

This learning community is open to all staff from Region VIII health centers and PCAs, as well as those from other invited healthcare organizations in Montana.

These learning community sessions will be held from 12:30-1:30PM MT | 1:30-2:30PM CT on Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2020.

  • May 7, 2020: Understanding the Impact of Collective Loss
    Presenter: Mary-Ann Bowman, PhD – Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Montana

    • Click here to view a recording of the didactic portion of the event.
  • May 14, 2020: Trauma and Resiliency
    Presenter: Molly M. Molloy, LCSW – Director, Western Montana AHEC

    • Click here to view a recording of the didactic portion of the event.
  • May 21, 2020: The Mindful Present
    Presenter: Gina Pate-Terry, LCSW, LAC – Integrated Behavioral Health Lead, Montana Primary Care Association

    • Click here to view a recording of the didactic portion of the event.
  • May 28, 2020: Positive Psychology in Difficult Times
    Presenter: John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD – Professor, Department of Counseling Education, University of Montana

    • Click here to view a recording of the didactic portion of the event.

Registration is now open HERE. There is no cost for staff from health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) in Region VIII to participate in this series. In addition, the Montana Primary Care Association (MPCA) may invite additional participants typically served by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center (WMT AHEC) system to participate at no cost. Participants must register for the entire series.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health within one business day with information on how to join each session.

Please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director with any questions.

CHAMPS/RMPHTC PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN PRIMARY CARE

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 from 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

CME: Up to 5.00 Prescribed credits have been applied for with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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.