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 following the pandemic.

For information about online CHAMPS On-Demand Modules and Courses, please click HERE.
For information about online CHAMPS Podcasts, please click HERE.

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

How to Complete the 2024 Region VIII Health Center Salary Survey Tool

Presenter: Andrea Martin, CHAMPS Workforce Development and Member Services Director

Event Date/Time: Thursday, March 14, 2024; 12-1:30PM Mountain Time / 1-2:30PM Central Time

Event Overview: This 90-minute webcast will provide information and tips to help Region VIII health centers submit data for the 2024 Region VIII Health Center Salary, Benefits, Turnover, and Vacancy Survey. CHAMPS will review both the survey instructions (PDF) and the survey tool (Excel), emphasizing key instructions while highlighting new 2024 features and addressing common errors. The presentation will be recorded for future reference.

Target Audience: Region VIII health center and Primary Care Association staff responsible for working on the 2024 Region VIII Health Center Salary, Benefits, Turnover, and Vacancy Survey.

Cost: This event is FREE for participants from Region VIII health centers and Primary Care Associations.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. Please click HERE for online registration.

2024 Spanish Language for Healthcare Providers

Event Overview: CHAMPS offers medical Spanish language training for clinicians at Region VIII health centers each April. This training 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. All courses within the Spanish Language for Health Care Providers training will be held via Zoom and a camera is required to participate.

In addition to the traditional four-day Medical Spanish Course for Beginner and Intermediate Spanish Speakers, three two-day Spanish language courses will be offered: Medical Spanish for Advanced Spanish Speakers, Spanish for Oral Health Providers, and Spanish for Behavioral Health Providers.

Four-day Medical Spanish Language for Beginner and Intermediate Spanish Speakers

Date/Time: Four half-days: Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, 2024. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT / 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT each day with optional tutoring/extra practice offered each afternoon.

Target Audience: The course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other medical personnel. Other healthcare 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 and behavioral health.

Course Description: This virtual 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. This approach is highly suitable for those with limited time 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. Ríos Associates will determine which skill level is appropriate for applicants based on participants’ completed self-assessment forms. A beginner level and an intermediate level will be offered and the levels will be set depending on the skill levels of the participants who register. Although quite rare, if it is not possible to offer the needed skill level for an individual, full tuition will be refunded.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  1. Acquire/strengthen the ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in medical emergencies.
  2. Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  3. Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, and past tenses, and command forms.
  4. Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  5. Develop skills to continue language acquisition through daily practice and experience.
  6. Intermediate students will be able to do all 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 2024 Four-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Beginner and Intermediate Speakers is now open. The beginner level is currently on a waitlist. However, we often take registrants off the waitlist so please consider submitting the registration and self-assessment forms. Open spaces remain in the intermediate level.  Download the registration and self-assessment forms for the four-day course here.

  • 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 Friday, March 29, 2024, or when registration is full.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Two-Day Medical Spanish Language for Advanced Spanish Speakers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT  (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT) each day with optional practice offered each afternoon.

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

Course Description: This virtual 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. This approach 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 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:

  1. Acquire/strengthen the ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct a physical exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in medical emergencies.
  2. Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 2,500 general and medical words.
  3. 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).
  4. Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and medical care.
  5. 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 $429 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 2024 Two-Day Medical Spanish Language Course for Advanced Speakers is now open. Download the registration and self-assessment forms for the two-day Advanced course here.

  • 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 Friday, March 29, 2024, or when registration is full.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Two-Day Spanish Language for Oral Health Providers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT  (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT) each day with optional practice offered each afternoon.

Target Audience: The course is intended for dentists, orthodontists, dental hygienists, and other clinical dental personnel with beginner Spanish language skills.

Course Description: This virtual 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. This approach 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. Complete beginner speakers and those with some Spanish language skills 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 intermediate and advanced Spanish language skills are invited to attend the four-day intermediate or two-day advanced skills course.

Course Objectives: Participants who complete this course will:

  1. Acquire/strengthen the ability to interview patients in Spanish, take a medical history, conduct an oral exam, give prescriptions and instructions, and intervene in dental/oral emergencies.
  2. Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 1,500 general and medical words.
  3. Develop a good flow of speech in present, future, some simple past tenses, and command forms.
  4. Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, foods, health, and dental/oral care.
  5. 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 $429 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/extra practice, 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 2024 Two-Day Spanish Language Course for Oral Health Providers is now open. Download the registration and self-assessment forms for the two-day Oral Health course here.

  • 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 Friday, March 29, 2024, or when registration is full.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Two-Day Spanish Language for Behavioral Health Providers

Date/Time: Two half-days: Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Class will be held online from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM MT  (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT) each day with optional practice offered each afternoon.

Target Audience: The course is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, social workers, addiction counselors, and other behavioral health personnel with intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills. Additionally, this course is good for medical providers with intermediate to advanced Spanish skills who would like to learn behavioral health terminology.

Course Description: This virtual 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. This approach 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:

  1. Acquire/strengthen the 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 the group is small, we will focus on specialty Behavioral Health topics and tailor role-plays and practice sessions to each individual’s needs.
  2. Be exposed to a Spanish vocabulary of at least 2,500 general and medical words.
  3. 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).
  4. Develop an awareness of differences in attitudes between Latinos and other Americans concerning time, space, clothing, foods, health, and behavioral medical care.
  5. 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 $429 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 2024 Two-Day Spanish Language Course for Behavioral Health Providers is now open. Download the registration and self-assessment forms for the two-day Behavioral Health course here.

  • 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 Friday, March 29, 2024, or when registration is full.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Beyond CORE Competencies: Next Level Skills for Health Center Supervisors and Managers (NLS)

The next training will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday mornings, April 24 – May 29, 2024. It is recommended for managers and supervisors with a minimum of 18 months of supervisory experience, or as a follow-up to the CHAMPS “CORE Competencies for Health Center Supervisors and Managers” training.

Course Overview: The “Next Level Skills” training allows health center managers and supervisors to delve deeper into the best practices, knowledge, and skills needed to be a great manager. This course begins with a review of crucial skills needed to hire, coach, retain, and manage others. Participants will then move to higher-level learning for effectively engaging a diverse workforce; avoiding, circumventing, and de-escalating conflict; strengthening day-to-day decision making practices; and successfully managing change.

For more information on this training, please visit the Leadership Learning Opportunities webpage.