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

Spring 2022 Semester

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

Upcoming Events: 

  • 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)
    • Register here
  • 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.

Fall 2021 Semester

Overview: With the Hospital Transformation Program (HTP) underway, CHA is focused on supporting its members with the necessary tools and resources to be successful. For more information on HTP, please visit the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s (HCPF) website.

Target Audience: Hospital and health care quality professionals and leaders

Upcoming Events to Be Announced

2021 HTP Implementation Plan Previous Sessions:

Register here (registration provides access to all five sessions)

Overview: The Fundamentals of Quality Improvement (QI) track is a hands-on learning experience for Academy participants. QI methodologies are often known by quality professionals, but these tools are often underutilized. This track will guide participants improvement through how to successfully identify, structure, lead and evaluate quality projects.

Target Audience: Beginner to mid-level quality professionals

Series Details: 

  • Session 1: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8
  • Session 2: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22
  • Session 3: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6
  • Session 4: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20
  • Session 5: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3
  • Session 6: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17
  • Session 7: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1

Cost: The registration fee for the seven-part series is $300 per person for CHA hospital and health system members and $500 per person for non-members.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 3

Register here

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Overview: The Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ) track is designed to help you enhance your knowledge and prepare for the CPHQ exam which an instructor-led comprehensive preparation series. This series will include six, one-hour prep sessions as well as weekly sample exam test questions.

Target Audience: Health care professionals ready to demonstrate their commitment to the quality profession through certification

Series Details: 

  • Session 1: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15
  • Session 2: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29
  • Session 3: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13
  • Session 4: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27
  • Session 5: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10
  • Session 6: 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8

Cost: The registration fee for the six-part series is $200 per person for CHA hospital and health system members and $400 per person for non-members.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Sept. 10

Register here

Download the flyer

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

Upcoming Events: 

  • 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.