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

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 hospital infection prevention

Upcoming Events:

  • NHSN SSI Basic Training Webinar – This two-hour webinar will cover the basics for reporting surgical site infections (SSIs) into NHSN. Content includes navigating the NHSN website, entering procedures utilizing the table of instructions, applying the protocol and entering SSIs, remedying alerts, generating new data sets, and running basic analysis reports. This course applies to acute care and critical access hospitals.
  • 2022 Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) Virtual Study Collaborative – This six-month virtual study support offering includes a 12-session virtual study group, weekly emails with test questions, two 90+ question practice tests, study sheets for normal lab values, and recognition of achieving certification.
    • 12-1 p.m. MT, every other Wednesday
    • July 13 – Dec. 14
    • Register here
  • 2022 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.

Spring 2022

Overview: As part of the CHA Academy for Quality Professionals, the goal of the Health Care Quality Leadership track is to provide current and future quality and safety leaders with the knowledge they need to effectively lead quality efforts at their organization. The Health Care Quality Leadership track will offer participants the opportunity to gain knowledge in three core areas: regulatory, alternative payment models/value-based payment programs, and change management.

Target Audience: Current and future quality and safety leaders

  • Session 1: 12-1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10
  • Session 2: 12-1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24
  • Session 3: 12-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7
  • Session 4: 12-1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21
  • Session 5: 12-1 p.m., Monday, March 7
  • Session 6: 12-1 p.m., Monday, March 21
  • Session 7: 12-1 p.m., Monday, April 4
  • Session 8: 12-1 p.m., Monday, April 18
  • Session 9: 12-1 p.m., Monday, May 2
  • Session 10: 12-1 p.m., Monday, May 16

Cost: The registration fee for this ten-part series is $500 per person for CHA hospital and health system members and $850 per person for non-members.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Jan. 7

Register here

This CHA course is proudly sponsored by:

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 hospital infection prevention

  • Certification in Infection Control Virtual Study Collaborative  – This six-month virtual study support offering includes a 12-session virtual study group, weekly emails with test questions, two 90+ question practice tests, study sheets for normal lab values, and recognition of achieving certification.
    • 12-1 p.m. (MT), Jan. 12 through June 15, 2022 (meets every other week)
  • NHSN Basic Training Webinar – 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.
      • 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (MT), Thursday, May 12, 2022