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.

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. 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 Lynell Hodges, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 a representative 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

Registration: Registration 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 a medical Spanish language training for clinicians at Region VIII health centers. 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. 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.

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.)

Registration: Please check back for updates as more information becomes available. Registration for the 2022 event will open in early January 2022.

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