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:


The three-part CCHN/CHAMPS 2021 Health Equity Learning Series builds on the foundation from last year’s series and continues efforts in the journey towards a more equitable and just health system. Participants will come away from the series with a greater understanding of organizational and personal position in health equity as well as tangible strategies and tools to assist moving forward. Join for any one session or the whole series. To download the event flyer click HERE.

Target Audience: The presentations in the series are intended for any health center and PCA staff from various positions, both clinical and non-clinical.

Cost: All live events in this series are FREE for health centers and Primary Care Associations (PCAs) 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.

Credit: Continuing education credit is not available for this series.

Event 1 – It Starts with Us: The Journey of Dismantling Institutional Racism

Speakers: Sabrina Edgington, MSW, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), Michael Durham, MTS, Community Engagement Manager, National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)

Date/Time: This event was held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 / 12:00–1:15 PM MT | 1:00–2:15 PM CT

Event Overview: Having roots in civil rights and anti-poverty movements, many health centers have a long history of advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) both within their organizations and in their communities. For others, the murder of George Floyd and subsequent uprisings served as a wakeup call to recommit to this work. Regardless of where an organization is in their journey, this work requires ongoing commitment and the skills to navigate common setbacks that stall progress. Setbacks can happen for a number of reasons: different levels of understanding and commitment across organizational leadership and staff; getting stuck in either/or thinking; and fear of doing or saying the “wrong” thing.

This webinar defined what “DEI” really means on an institutional level, described why organizations may be faltering, and identified practical strategies to be more inclusive and get unstuck. We concluded with suggestions to go beyond the basics and provide encouragement for the lifelong journey.

Registration: The event has concluded. View the event recording and handouts on the Online Archived CHAMPS Distance Learning Events page.

Event 2 – Applying the Health Equity Lens: Serving Indigenous People

Speaker: Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Independent Consultant, Swift Bird Consulting, LLC

Date/Time: This event was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 / 12:00–1:30 PM MT | 1:00–2:30 PM CT

Event Overview: This webinar offered insights into general cultural practices within tribal communities for healthcare providers. This included family structures (roles/responsibilities), traditional healing practices, and how to build rapport with Indigenous/Native American patients.

Registration: The event has concluded. View the event recording and handouts on the Online Archived CHAMPS Distance Learning Events page.

Event 3 – Applying the Health Equity Lens: Weight Bias in Health Care

Speaker: Ragen Chastain, ACE Certified Health Coach and Functional Fitness Specialist; co-creator HAESHealthSheets.com, Professional Speaker and Writer

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 / 12:00–1:30 PM MT | 1:00–2:30 PM CT

Event Overview: Weight bias, both explicit and implicit, exists at every level of healthcare and it negatively affects people of all sizes. In this talk we will uncover the ways in which weight stigma is found in healthcare research, training, tools, and best practices, and the impacts it has. We will learn options to avoid and/or mitigate weight bias as practitioners, patients, and advocates, as well as ways that we can all work to end weight bias in healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ways that weight bias exists in healthcare.
  • Identify the ways in which weight bias harms people of all sizes.
  • Understand actions that practitioners can take to end weight bias within their practice.
  • Understand actions that patients can take if they are experiencing weight bias.
  • Understand actions that advocates can take to end weight bias in healthcare.

Registration: Click here to register for this event.

Please contact the CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health with any questions.


The virtual 2021 Next Level Skills for Health Center Supervisors and Managers course will be held on Wednesday mornings September 1 through October 6, 2021. To review all available details, please visit the CHAMPS Leadership Learning Opportunities webpage.


Save the dates for the CHAMPS 2022 Maternal Health Learning Collaborative. This free series was created in partnership with the HRSA Region VIII Office of Regional Operations, and will feature speakers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center (MPATTC). Health center care team members will discuss the latest in maternal mortality and morbidity data as well as the impact of substance use disorders 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:

  • January 13: Women, Substance Use Disorders, and Stigma
  • January 27: Impact of Substance Use Disorders in the Maternal Fetal Dyad
  • February 10: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

More information is coming soon. Please check back for additional series details and registration.

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