CHA Academy for Quality Professionals

The CHA Academy for Quality Professionals is an interactive learning collaborative that aims to provide training for quality professionals and those interested in working in hospital quality improvement and patient safety. Courses are intended to educate quality professionals at various stages in their careers, and curriculum is designed for a variety of subdisciplines and for those with diverse roles. Most courses generally fit into one of five specific learning tracks:

Alternative Payment Models

Infection Prevention

Health Care Quality Professional Certification

Fundamentals of Quality Improvement

Health Care Quality Leadership

Fall 2022

Overview: The Health Care Quality Professional Certification track is designed to help participants expand their understanding while preparing for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam. This instructor-led series provides a comprehensive review of CPHQ material through six one-hour sessions. Participants will also be able to test their understanding of the content with weekly sample exam test questions.

Target Audience:  Health care professionals preparing for certification

Session Schedule:
    • Six-part virtual learning series
    • Noon – 1 p.m. MT, every other Tuesday,
    • Sept. 13 – Nov. 8 (Final session will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6)
Cost:
    • This series is open to Colorado participants only and is provided at no cost due to grant funding from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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Overview: The Fundamentals of Quality Improvement track is a hands-on learning experience within the CHA Academy for Quality Professionals. Although most quality professionals are familiar with quality improvement methodologies, these tools are often underutilized when practical application can be a challenge. Participants will be guided through the process of successfully identifying, structuring, leading, and evaluating quality improvement projects.

Target Audience: Beginner to mid-level quality professionals

Session Schedule:
    • Six-part virtual learning series
    • Noon – 1 p.m. MT, every other Tuesday
    • Sept. 20 – Nov. 29
Cost:
    • This series is open to Colorado participants only and is provided at no cost due to grant funding from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

Register here

Summer 2022

Overview: To support the infection prevention workforce in Colorado, CHA is focused on two key areas. The first area is professional certification – Earning the CIC® credential demonstrates infection prevention knowledge. As with any certification, this demonstrates a personal dedication to the field, going above and beyond the daily job. The second area is infection prevention surveillance through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) platform, a critical component of pay-for-performance and regulatory reporting.

Target Audience: Infection prevention professionals and those interested in learning more about hospital infection prevention

Upcoming Events:

NHSN Basic Training – This two-and-a-half-hour webinar will cover the basics for entering data into NHSN. Topics include annual surveys, reporting plans, summary data, alerts, and events, including CAUTI and LabID C. diff and MRSA. This course applies to acute care and critical access hospitals.

Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) Virtual Study Collaborative – This six-month study support offering is a 12-session virtual study group. Each session will cover 25 questions/rationales as well as information and tips for preparing and taking the exam. In addition, participants will receive weekly emails with added practice questions, two 90+ question practice tests, a study sheet for normal lab values, and recognition of achieving certification.

    • 12-1 p.m. MT, every other Wednesday
    • July 13 – Dec. 14
    • Register here

(The next CIC® Virtual Study Collaborative will begin on Jan. 11, 2023 – details coming soon!)

Summer 2022 Infection Prevention Track proudly sponsored by: