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Thursday Jun 24, 2021 04:00 pm EDT
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Registration is free and required. This session is available to individuals residing in HHS Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY). Certificates of Attendance will be available.

Compassion fatigue has become a familiar but not necessarily well-understood term during the pandemic. Taking the time to understand the elements that comprise compassion fatigue and their direct impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being can assist a person in developing effective strategies to address stress in their lives before it becomes overwhelming. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about compassion fatigue and ways to minimize its impact by building resiliency through research-based practices.

After attending this session, participants can expect to:

  1. Recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue and how it impacts an individual physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
  2. Understand the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout and how to take steps to address the different conditions. 
  3. Learn simple, research-based resiliency-building practices to begin using immediately.

 

Wednesday Jun 30, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
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Providing physical or behavioral healthcare to others during the global health pandemic can lead to increased levels of stress, fear, anxiety, burnout, frustration, and other strong emotions. It is imperative that physical and behavioral healthcare providers recognize personal signs of mental fatigue, are given supports in their organization to ensure continued productivity and quality care, and are provided with tools to learn how to cope and build resilience. This training series has been developed to encourage self-care and to assist in building resilience among physical and behavioral healthcare providers amid the global health pandemic.

Access the free toolkit: Building Resilience Among Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Providers During a Global Health Pandemic

Registration is free and required. Register for any/all sessions of this series. The series is available for individuals residing in Heath and Human Services (HHS) Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).


Session Three

Providers are experiencing loss of normalcy, loss of routine, and other ambiguous loss. Many may also be dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one, or the loss of numerous patients. Compounding this sense of loss and grief, providers commonly carry their patients’ stories with them. It is important that providers connect with their patients. If providers feel nothing, then they cannot connect as strongly and may not be able to optimize patient care. However, this connection, especially during a pandemic, can lead to secondary traumatic stress (STS). This session will address signs and symptoms of grief and loss among providers that have been present during the pandemic, and will describe secondary traumatic stress. Presenters will also offer ways to prevent and respond to these experiences at both an organizational and individual level.

Trainers: Andrew J. McLean, MD, MPH & Shawnda Schroeder PhD, MA

Wednesday Jul 7, 2021 01:00 pm EDT
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Providing physical or behavioral healthcare to others during the global health pandemic can lead to increased levels of stress, fear, anxiety, burnout, frustration, and other strong emotions. It is imperative that physical and behavioral healthcare providers recognize personal signs of mental fatigue, are given supports in their organization to ensure continued productivity and quality care, and are provided with tools to learn how to cope and build resilience. This training series has been developed to encourage self-care and to assist in building resilience among physical and behavioral healthcare providers amid the global health pandemic.

Access the free toolkit: Building Resilience Among Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Providers During a Global Health Pandemic

Registration is free and required. Register for any/all sessions of this series. The series is available for individuals residing in Heath and Human Services (HHS) Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).


Session Four

Research indicates that, although efforts to promote resilience at an individual level are important, addressing characteristics of the external environment are at least as important. Absence of organizational and leadership support for provider distress during COVID-19 may adversely impact organizational resilience, patient safety, and staff retention. Providers cannot sustain their own well-being without the support of their leadership. Targets for improvement at the organizational level include ensuring:

  1. Organizational efficiency through identifying inefficient workplace processes.
  2. A transformational work culture.
  3. Correction of any negative leadership behaviors.

Trainers: Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC & Per Ostmo, BA

Monday Jul 12, 2021 02:00 pm EDT
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The Primary Care Collaborative will host a conversation with special guests from the White House and state government, who will talk about the role of primary care in the administration of and education on the COVID vaccines. They will also discuss the strategies the Biden administration and state public health departments have used to boost confidence in the vaccines and help Americans get vaccinated, from the administration’s Month of Action in June to state innovations such as involving barber shops in vaccine outreach. The U.S. has not reached its vaccination goals yet, and this discussion will provide some insights on how we can get there by leveraging primary care. 

 

Cost: free
The webinar will be recorded and available on PCC's website within 24 hours following the conclusion of the webinar.

 

Wednesday Jul 21, 2021 11:00 am EDT
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In an effort to advance lifestyle medicine at a systems level, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine is offering two one-day virtual symposia that address the integration of health restoration into health systems and academic settings.

Lifestyle Medicine in Academia Symposium: Equipping the Next Generation 

Join us for a one-day symposium as we discuss how leading academic institutions and faculty members are incorporating lifestyle medicine curriculum in their academic settings. Event attendees will receive tailored education and support as presenters highlight pathways, curricula, tools and resources for the implementation of lifestyle medicine education across the entire academic spectrum. We encourage faculty, administration, deans, program directors and academicians working in bachelor, master and doctoral health professional programs, to undergraduate medical education (UME), and graduate medical education (GME) to attend this event to meet your goals of implementing Lifestyle Medicine curriculum in your setting.

Learning Objectives:

Review the current status and advancements in Lifestyle Medicine academic education. 

  • Highlight the successes and lessons learned from academic institutions leading in Lifestyle Medicine implementation. 
  • Discuss opportunities for academic institutions to incorporate lifestyle medicine at various levels of engagement. 
  • Demonstrate opportunities to implement high quality culinary medicine curriculum within preprofessional and medical education.  
  • Evaluate opportunities for academic institutions to create and enhance effective community and multidisciplinary engagement.  
  • Provide lifestyle medicine education guidance, tools, resources and individualized/customized support to attendees. 

Wednesday Jul 21, 2021 02:00 pm EDT
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Registration is free and required. This session is available to individuals residing in HHS Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY). Certificates of attendance will be available.

This training focuses on improving mental health wellness by teaching participants to recognize when they are thriving or languishing and provides skills and strategies for building and increasing resilience. Christina Ruggiero will give an overview of the foundations of mental health wellness and guide participants through exercises that support self-reflection, relaxation, and the development of a personalized self-care plan. Christina will close the session by reviewing additional resources that participants can use to establish self-care strategies to cope with uncontrollable events.  

This hour is to help you focus on YOU and how YOU are doing. Visit the Mountain Plains MHTTC provider well-being resources page for additional self-care resources.

After attending this session, participants will: 

  1. Understand the difference between Thriving Mental Health and Languishing Mental Health.
  2. Recognize the significant role mental health plays in overall health and well-being.
  3. Have practiced and become familiar with exercises to improve mental health using relaxation and self-care.  
  4. Develop self-care strategies to help manage COVID-19 uncertainty.

 

 

Friday Jul 23, 2021 11:30 am EDT
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The primary care practitioner has the special and important responsibility to diagnose and manage patients with every category of ailment, injury and disease. This symposium will provide practical, evidence-based strategies to strengthen healthcare competencies. The expert faculty will explain recent advances in diagnosis, management and treatment and address compelling issues as they relate to cardiovascular risk lowering drugs, atrial fibrilation, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, benign breast disease, women’s health, osteoporosis, female sexual dysfunction, transitions of care and preventing hospital readmission, antibiotic stewardship, COPD, dermatology, and more​. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with the faculty during the panel discussion.​

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