Upcoming Live Distance Learning Events

In an effort to offer health center personnel remote avenues for continuing education, CHAMPS hosts live, online webcasts specifically designed for Region VIII health centers throughout the year. Please refer to the descriptions for each event for more information about available credit, topics, presenters, etc. Most* CHAMPS live distance learning events are FREE for all health centers (Health Center Program Grantees and FQHC Look-Alikes) and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY), including computer link and CE credit, and fees for links to webcasts and/or CE credit may apply for other participants, unless otherwise indicated in the descriptions for each event below. Please visit the Region VIII Health Centers and PCAs page to determine if your organization qualifies for free participation in most live CHAMPS distance learning events. Please visit the Online Archived CHAMPS Distance Learning Events webpage for recordings of past events. *Intensive courses like Spanish Language Training and Supervisor/Manager Training courses have fees associated, despite being virtual during the pandemic.

For information about online CHAMPS Podcasts, please click HERE.
For information about upcoming CHAMPS Project ECHO Learning Communities, please click HERE.

Please click or scroll down to view descriptions of upcoming live CHAMPS Distance Learning Events:

2022 MATERNAL HEALTH LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

The CHAMPS 2022 Maternal Health Learning Collaborative: Supporting and Advancing Perinatal Health is a FREE series that was created in partnership with the HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) Region 8 Office. This three-part series will feature speakers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC), and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MPMHTTC). Health center care team members will discuss the latest in maternal mortality and morbidity data as well as the impact of substance use disorders and perinatal mental health concerns in new mothers. Screening recommendations, clinical tools and resources, and community programs will be featured. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be provided. Please click HERE to register for this series. Sessions will be held on the following Thursdays from 11:30AM–1:00PM MT | 12:30–2:00PM CT:

Event 1 – Reducing Stigma in Pregnant and Parenting Persons with Substance Use Disorders

Speaker: Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC/SAMHSA Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC), and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MPMHTTC)

Date/Time: Thursday, January 13, 2022 / 11:30AM–1:00PM MT | 12:30–2:00PM CT

Event Overview: Stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) is a significant barrier to detection and treatment efforts.  Persons with SUDs who are pregnant and/or parenting are particularly impacted and experience many different forms of stigma and adverse encounters when seeking healthcare services. Strategies to reduce barriers related to stigmatizing attitudes and practices will be addressed. This session will also include a brief overview of the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center (MHLIC), which is supported by HRSA, presented by Leslie deRosset.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the unique differences in adverse stigma encounters experienced by persons who are pregnant and parenting
  • Recognize the consequences of stigma related to substance use disorders in persons who are pregnant and parenting
  • Consider opportunities to reduce healthcare stigma

Event 2 – Perinatal Substance Use Disorders:  Increasing Awareness and Screening to Reduce Impact on the Maternal/Child Dyad

Speaker: Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC/SAMHSA Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC), and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MPMHTTC)

Date/Time: Thursday, January 27, 2022 / 11:30AM–1:00PM MT | 12:30–2:00PM CT

Event Overview: This session provides foundational information regarding maternal and fetal outcomes associated with perinatal substance exposure and includes a brief overview of Neonatal Withdrawal Syndromes.  The importance of increasing awareness about perinatal substance use disorders as well as using the SBIRT technique to screen for substance use during the perinatal period will be addressed. This session will also include a brief overview from Tressie White with the Montana Meadowlark Initiative.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the impact different substances like alcohol and opioids have on the maternal/child dyad during pregnancy and while breastfeeding
  • Consider opportunities to use the SBIRT technique to increase awareness of and screening for substance use disorders during the perinatal period
  • Describe neonatal withdrawal syndromes

Event 3 – Perinatal Mental Health Awareness, Screening and Treatment

Speaker: Maridee Shogren, DNP, CNM, CLC/SAMHSA Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC), and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MPMHTTC) and Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC

Date/Time: Thursday, February 10, 2022 / 11:30AM–1:00PM MT | 12:30–2:00PM CT

Event Overview: This session brings awareness about common perinatal mental health concerns often experienced by persons during pregnancy and in the first year postpartum. Information about validated screening tools appropriate for use in various settings will be discussed along with a brief overview of treatment options. This session will also include a brief overview from a HRSA maternal health grantee about the MOMS (Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Support) Program, presented by Sarah Reese, PhD, LCSW – Principal Investigator, University of Montana – School of Social Work and Stephanie Fitch, MHA, MS, LAC – MOMS Demonstration Project Manager, Billings Clinic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three differences between Baby Blues and Perinatal Depression
  • Consider other persons, besides the biological mother, who may be impacted by perinatal mental health concerns
  • Identify two perinatal depression screening tools appropriate for use during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Discuss an initial perinatal suicide risk assessment

RegistrationRegistration is now open through January 5, 2022. Please click HERE to register for this series. Outlook invitations and confirmation emails will typically be sent within 2 business days. Please allow extra time around the holidays.

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

2022 SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Event Overview: Each spring CHAMPS offers medical Spanish language training for clinicians at Region VIII health centers. These  courses offer an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The curricula for these courses provide the experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients. View the Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals Training flyer HERE.

The 2022 Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals will be held virtually on Zoom in April 2022. Registration is now open for all four courses.

The traditional four-day medical Spanish language course will host two skill levels, beginner and intermediate and be held on April 14-15 and April 21-22, which will be taught in separate virtual classrooms.

In addition, three two-day Spanish language courses will be offered.

  • April 11-12: Spanish for Oral Health Providers (Beginner to intermediate Spanish speakers may join this course.)
  • April 18-19: Spanish for Behavioral Health Providers (Intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers may join this course. Behavioral Health Providers with beginner Spanish language skills are invited to attend the traditional four-day course.)
  • April 25-26: Medical Spanish for Advanced Spanish Speakers (Providers and clinical support staff with advanced Spanish language skills may join this course.)

Details and registration information can be found for each course below:

Four-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Beginner and Intermediate Speakers

Date/Time: Four half-days: Thursday, April 14, Friday, April 15, Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, 2022. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT each day with optional tutoring offered each afternoon.

Location: This course is only available online.

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other clinical personnel. Other types of health care professionals are welcome to attend; however, it is important to note that only a limited amount of time is spent on terminology for other disciplines such as oral health or behavioral health.

Course Description: This four-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients. Beginner and Intermediate skill levels will be offered, with separate classes for each level. Please note, Ríos Associates has final determination over level based on the self-assessment.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen their ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in medical emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, and past tenses, and command forms.
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  • Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.
  • Intermediate students will be able to do all of the above, in addition to using more idioms as well as complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses, plus subjunctive mood and its tenses).

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available for the four-day course as follows:

  • At least 16 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA), plus the opportunity to earn additional CME total through self-study modules at no additional charge for interested participants.

Course Fees: The four-day course fee is $649 for CHAMPS Members and $799 for Non-Members. Please click HERE to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes four half-days of online Spanish language instruction, tutoring, course book, and CME.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance. Refunds will not be provided, however, if necessary, another individual may substitute for a registrant.

Registration: Registration for the 2022 Four-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Beginner and Intermediate Speakers is now open. Download the registration forms for the four-day course HERE. If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Jess Gitlitz at Jessica@CHAMPSonline.org.

  • Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received completed registration and self-assessment forms and Ríos Associates has received payment. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, or when registration is full.
  • Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received completed registration and self-assessment forms and Ríos Associates has received payment. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, or when registration is full.

Two-Day Spanish for Oral Health Providers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT each day with optional tutoring offered each afternoon.

Location: This course is only available online.

Target Audience: The course is targeted for dentists, orthodontists, dental hygienists, and other clinical dental personnel.

Course Description: This two-day course is an intensive conversational and oral medical Spanish workshop consisting of dental dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients.

This two-day intensive will offer a single class for oral health providers. Beginner to intermediate Spanish speakers may attend this course. Speakers may be separated by skill level for small group work. Ríos Associates will determine whether this course is appropriate for applicants based on participants’ completed self-assessment forms. Oral health professionals with advanced Spanish language skills are invited to attend the two-day advanced skills course.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct an oral exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in dental/oral emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, past tenses, and command form.
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and dental/oral health care.

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available for the two-day course as follows:

  • At least 8 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA), plus the opportunity to earn additional CME total through self-study modules at no additional charge for interested participants.

Course Fees: The two-day course fee is $349 for CHAMPS Members and $425 for Non-Members. Please click HERE to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes two half-days of online Spanish language instruction, tutoring, course book, and CME.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance. Refunds will not be provided, however, if necessary, another individual may substitute for a registrant.

Registration: Registration for the 2022 Two-Day Spanish Language Course for Oral Health Providers is now open. Download the registration forms for the two-day course HERE. If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Jess Gitlitz at Jessica@CHAMPSonline.org.

  • Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received completed registration and self-assessment forms and Ríos Associates has received payment. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, or when registration is full.

Two-Day Spanish for Behavioral Health Providers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT each day with optional tutoring offered each afternoon.

Location: This course is only available online.

Target Audience: The course is targeted for psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, social workers, addiction counselors, and other behavioral health personnel with intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills.

Course Description: This two-day course is an intensive conversational and Behavioral Health Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, cross-cultural discussions, and practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients.

Intermediate to advanced skill levels may participate in this combined classroom. Ríos Associates will determine whether this course is appropriate for applicants based on participants’ completed self-assessment forms. Behavioral Health Providers with beginner Spanish language skills are invited to attend the traditional four-day course.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, address abuse, anxiety, substance abuse, sleep problems, conduct a mini mental, PHQ-9, GAD-7, ACE, MoCA, etc. screening/exam, give prescriptions and follow-up instructions, and intervene in Behavioral Health emergencies. As groups are small, we will focus on specialty Behavioral Health topics and tailor role-plays and practice sessions to each individual’s needs.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 2,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, past tenses, and command form, in addition to using more idioms as well as complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses, plus subjunctive mood and all its tenses).
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and dental/oral health care.
  • Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available for the two-day course as follows:

  • At least 8 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA), plus the opportunity to earn additional CME total through self-study modules at no additional charge for interested participants.

Course Fees: The two-day course fee is $349 for CHAMPS Members and $425 for Non-Members. Please click HERE to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes two half-days of online Spanish language instruction, tutoring, course book, and CME.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance. Refunds will not be provided, however, if necessary, another individual may substitute for a registrant.

Registration: Registration for the 2022 Two-Day Spanish Language Course for Behavioral Health Providers is now open. Download the registration forms for the two-day course HERE. If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Jess Gitlitz at Jessica@CHAMPSonline.org.

  • Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received completed registration and self-assessment forms and Rios Associates has received payment. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, or when registration is full.

Two-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Advanced Speakers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 25 and Tuesday April 26, 2022. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT each day with optional tutoring offered each afternoon.

Location: This course is only available online.

Target Audience: The course is targeted for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other clinical personnel with advanced Spanish language skills.

Course Description: This two-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice. The course curriculum provides an experience of immersion learning, an approach that is highly suitable for those with limited time, and who must use their new language skills immediately with their Spanish-speaking patients.

This two-day intensive will offer only the advanced skill level. Ríos Associates will determine whether this course is appropriate for applicants based on participants’ completed self-assessment forms. Medical professionals with beginner and intermediate Spanish language skills are invited to attend the traditional four-day course.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  • Acquire/strengthen their ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in medical emergencies.
  • Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 2,500 general and medical words.
  • Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, past tenses, and command form, in addition to using more idioms as well as complex tenses and moods (conditional, present and past progressive, present and past perfect tenses, plus subjunctive mood and all its tenses).
  • Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.

CME: Continuing medical education (CME) is available for the two-day course as follows:

  • At least 8 hours of Category 1 CME from the American Medical Association (AMA), plus the opportunity to earn additional CME total through self-study modules at no additional charge for interested participants.

Course Fees: The two-day course fee is $349 for CHAMPS Members and $425 for Non-Members. Please click HERE to see a listing of CHAMPS Organizational Members.

  • The registration fee includes two half-days of online Spanish language instruction, tutoring, course book, and CME.
  • Full payment of the registration fee is due in advance. Refunds will not be provided, however, if necessary, another individual may substitute for a registrant.

Registration: Registration for the 2022 Two-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Advanced Speakers is now open. Download the registration forms for the two-day course HERE. If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact Jess Gitlitz at Jessica@CHAMPSonline.org.

  • Registration for the online class is complete when CHAMPS has received completed registration and self-assessment forms and Ríos Associates has received payment. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, or when registration is full.

If you have any questions, please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director.