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Registration open for August Level 1s

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative has two Level 1 courses scheduled for August! We are coming to Salida, CO, for the first time, and we have just scheduled a Denver metro Level 1 in Arvada.

Patient Navigator Fundamentals is a hybrid course designed to improve basic patient navigation skills. This comprehensive course is introductory “Level 1” training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.

Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Salida, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 8-10
Location: Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 County Road 120, Salida
Register Here

Patient Navigator Fundamentals: Arvada, CO
8:30 am-5 pm. Aug. 22-24
Location: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada
Register Here

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Registration open for Motivational Interviewing Academy

Patient Navigators can practice with mock patients, receive one-on-one coaching 

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is offering a unique opportunity to help patient navigators improve their motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Participants in the “Motivational Interviewing Academy” this spring will receive three sessions to practice their skills with a mock patient and follow-up coaching.

“Motivational interviewing workshops are an excellent venue for learning a new way of ‘being’ with clients, but research clearly shows that workshops alone do not change practice,” said Kathie Garrett, PNTC MI Instructor. “To successfully integrate MI spirit and skills into your daily practice, you need guidance in the form of coding and coaching.”

The MI Academy will provide patient navigators  the unique opportunity to receive real time practice with mock patients, objective MI integrity coding feedback and one-on-one coaching.

“People pay hundreds of dollars for this type of training, but we are offering three practice and coaching sessions free of charge,” Garrett said.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach to help people make decisions, from quitting smoking to dietary changes to managing a chronic disease. MI is designed to address a patient’s ambivalence to change. This is a great skill to have in your toolbox to help improve patient outcomes.

By enrolling in this exciting opportunity, you will:

  • Participate in three encounters with mock patients so you can practice using MI
  • Have each session recorded and coded by an expert for various MI skills, to identify areas of strength and improvement
  • Receive three one-on-one coaching sessions with a professional MI coach, offering personal feedback

Target Audience: Non-licensed (lay) health professionals/patient navigators working in Colorado. Because we want to offer this experience to a variety of agencies around the state, only 3 navigators from each agency will be accepted. In addition, this opportunity is only open to lay navigators (non nurses). Please see this link for resources on MI training for nurses from the CU School of Nursing.

The mock patient encounters will be scheduled in spring/early summer 2017. You will be able to schedule each 20-minute mock session and follow up coaching call at a time slot that works with your schedule. These sessions will be all done over the phone, so travel is not required.

Prerequisites: 

  • Required: Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals and Level 2: Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Recommended prequisite: Advanced Health Behavior Change
  • Been working as a patient navigator, health educator, community health worker or similar for at least 6 months
  • Reside in Colorado
  • Permission from your supervisor to participate
  • Be a lay (non licensed) health professional

Register for MI Academy for Patient Navigators 

Questions? Email PNTC program manager Erin Martinez at erin.martinez@ucdenver.edu.

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Registration system back up! New courses posted

logo_vecThank you for your patience last week as we resolved issues with our course registration system. It is back up and and ready to accept your registrations!

Upcoming workshops

Community Health Worker 101
This two-day training is based on the foundations of our Patient Navigator Level 1, but geared especially to Community Health Workers (CHWs) making home visits.
Date/Time: Jan 18-19, 2017, 9 am- 5 pm
Location: Denver, CO

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals – Denver (FULL – Waitlist Available)
This comprehensive course is introductory “Level 1” training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.
Date/Time: Feb. 1-3, 2017, 8:30 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Aurora
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients.
Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Glenwood Springs
Date/Time: Feb. 24, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Registration now open:

March 3: Advanced Health Behavior Change – Aurora, CO
March 10: Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program – Loveland, CO
March 22-24: Level 1 – Loveland, CO
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Exciting opportunity to improve your skills with “Motivational Interviewing Academy”

elearn_hiv_cancer2Patient Navigators can practice with mock patients, receive one-on-one coaching 

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is offering a unique opportunity to help patient navigators improve their motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Participants in the “Motivational Interviewing Academy” this spring will receive three sessions to practice their skills with a mock patient and follow-up coaching.

“Motivational interviewing workshops are an excellent venue for learning a new way of ‘being’ with clients, but research clearly shows that workshops alone do not change practice,” said Kathie Garrett, PNTC MI Instructor. “To successfully integrate MI spirit and skills into your daily practice, you need guidance in the form of coding and coaching.”

The MI Academy will provide patient navigators  the unique opportunity to receive real time practice with mock patients, objective MI integrity coding feedback and one-on-one coaching.

“People pay hundreds of dollars for this type of training, but we are offering three practice and coaching sessions free of charge,” Garrett said.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach to help people make decisions, from quitting smoking to dietary changes to managing a chronic disease. MI is designed to address a patient’s ambivalence to change. This is a great skill to have in your toolbox to help improve patient outcomes.

By enrolling in this exciting opportunity, you will:

  • Participate in three encounters with mock patients so you can practice using MI
  • Have each session recorded and coded by an expert for various MI skills, to identify areas of strength and improvement
  • Receive three one-on-one coaching sessions with a professional MI coach, offering personal feedback

Target Audience: Non-licensed (lay) health professionals/patient navigators working in Colorado. Because we want to offer this experience to a variety of agencies around the state, only 3 navigators from each agency will be accepted. In addition, this opportunity is only open to lay navigators (non nurses). Please see this link for resources on MI training for nurses from the CU School of Nursing.

The mock patient encounters will be scheduled in January, March, and May 2017. You will be able to schedule each 20-minute mock session and follow up coaching call at a time slot that works with your schedule. These sessions will be all done over the phone, so travel is not required.

Prerequisites: 

  • Required: Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals and Level 2: Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Recommended prequisite: Advanced Health Behavior Change
  • Been working as a patient navigator, health educator, community health worker or similar for at least 6 months
  • Reside in Colorado
  • Permission from your supervisor to participate
  • Be a lay (non licensed) health professional

Registration Coming In January! 

Questions? Email PNTC program manager Erin Martinez at erin.martinez@ucdenver.edu.

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Spring 2017 workshop schedule announced

logo_vec2017 is going to be a great year. We will have our usual array of courses in the Denver metro area and will be visiting the western slope (Glenwood Springs) as well as Durango in the spring. In addition, there will be an opportunity to get involved with two ECHO online learning communities, as well as to receive one-on-one motivational interviewing coaching.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals – Denver
This comprehensive course is introductory “Level 1” training for patient navigators who want to gain navigation skills and knowledge of patient resources, basic health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.
Date/Time: Feb. 1-3, 2017, 8:30 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Aurora
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients.
Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Advanced Care Coordination – Glenwood Springs
Date/Time: Feb. 24, 2017, 9 am-5 pm

Registration is coming soon for the following workshops:

  • Emotional and Social 6-week Online course: February-March 2017
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: March 3 in Denver
  • Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program: March 10 in Loveland
  • Level 1: March 22-24 in Loveland
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing: March 24 in North Denver Metro
  • Bridging Theory and Practice: March 30 and 31 in Arvada
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: April 21 in North Denver Metro
  • Advanced Health Literacy: May 4 in Denver
  • Level 1: May 3-5 in Glenwood Springs
  • Advanced Care Coordination: May 9 in Durango
  • Advanced MI: May 10 in Durango
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change: May 11 in Durango*

*Durango dates are tentative at this time.

NEW this year: MI Academy: Mock Patient Encounters & Coaching Experience

The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is offering a unique opportunity to help patient navigators improve their motivational interviewing (MI) skills. Learn more

 

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Meet our intern and share your story!

ale-photoThe Patient Navigator Training Collaborative is excited to have a student intern for the fall semester. Read more about Alejandra below and learn how to get involved with her project!

My name is Alejandra Armenta. I am a bilingual student attending the University of Colorado Denver, studying Public Health and Ethnic Studies. I am currently doing an internship with Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. I am interested in developing new content for the website, because this will allow me to promote the role of current patient navigators and it will also allow me to learn how patient navigators help their patients.

I learned through my own first-hand experience how difficult moving to a new country, culture, and language can be.  I was born in Mexico and lived there until I was four years old. After a few months of living in Colorado, I was getting really upset because I couldn’t understand anything. Through my frustrations, I knew I had to learn to speak English. It was not easy at all. I had difficulty comprehending the meaning of what was said during class and was frustrated when listening to others speak, but I made the commitment to study. My courage and willingness has made me successful.

Today my life has changed.  I have access to two cultures and I am more tolerant and open to others by being able to communicate in two languages. I feel free to learn about diverse cultures, traditions, and social behaviors as well as be a part of them. In the future, I plan to help people not only with their health, but help them with communication barriers.

I believe that patient navigators are the people who are really making a difference, as they reduce barriers to care and assist patients with questions and concerns. I am very interested in sitting down with patient navigators and patients and collecting their stories.

Please contact me at alejandraarmenta31@hotmail.com if you are interested in an interview. I would love to learn about your job and gain a better understanding of what patient navigators do.

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Back to school with PNTC: Fall Schedule Announced

aspens-with-road-left-22.4Fall is right around the corner, and we’ve got an exciting lineup of upcoming courses for you! Whether you need a Level 1 course or are interested in continuing your patient navigation education with a Level 2 or 3, we’ve got you covered.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals 
Our most popular course! Patient Navigator Fundamentals is a three-day in-person course with an online course component designed to improve your patient navigation skills.
Date/Time: Oct. 18-20
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Register here 

Level 1 in Spanish
Our Level 1 curriculum delivered in Spanish. Location details and registration coming soon!
Date: September
Location: Denver, CO

Level 2: Advanced Care Coordination
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients consistent with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) guidelines and requirements.
Date: Sept 20
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Register here

Level 2: Facilitation Skills for Patient Navigators
Are you a patient navigator looking to enhance your group education sessions or improve collaboration with your co-workers? Or maybe you’re a PN manager seeking to learn more about group dynamics and the individual needs of your employees. Whether you facilitate group-level interventions, staff meetings, or other group activities, this training is for you. All experience levels welcome.
Dates: Oct. 11 and 12
Location: Arvada, CO
Register here 

Level 3: Leading and Administering a Patient Navigation Program
This course is designed for supervisors of navigators, program planners and administrators of patient navigator programs.
Date/Time: Sept. 29
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Register here

Social Determinants and Health Equity: Widening The Lens Of Health Promotion
This two-day course will examine the effects of social determinants of health such as economic status, stigma, homophobia, racism and other social and political issues on risk, prevalence and access to services.
Dates: Nov. 2-3
Location: Denver, CO
Register here

Save the Date – Registration coming soon for the below courses! Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to be the first to know!

  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing in Alamosa, CO in September
  • Level 1 in Denver, CO Nov 9-11
  • Advanced Health Behavior Change in Colorado Springs Nov 10
  • Level 3 Patient Navigator Supervisor in Denver, CO Nov. 15

Please contact us at admin@patientnavigatortraining.org regarding your organization’s training needs!

 

 

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Registration Open for Level 1 in Arvada

085Registration is now open for our next Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals course in Arvada, CO. This course will be at the Community First Foundation, which has a great meeting space.

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals
Location: Community First Foundation, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A, Arvada, CO
Date/Time: Sept 26-28, 2016, 9 am-5 pm

Sign up today by clicking here.

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Spring courses announced

Plogo_vecut some spring in your step by signing up for one of our upcoming courses!

Level 1: Patient Navigator Fundamentals –
3 upcoming sessions

Topics in this comprehensive “Level 1” training include patient communication, health promotion, professional conduct and motivational interviewing.

April 11-13: Castle Rock
May 10-12: Denver
May 25-27: Glenwood Springs

Level 2 courses

Advanced Health Behavior Change – Aurora, CO
This course focuses on behavior change around chronic disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.
April 15
June 3

Advanced Care Coordination – Denver, CO
Coordinated care contributes to patient-centered, high-quality care. This Level 2 course prepares patient navigators to coordinate care for their clients.
April 22

 
Advanced Motivational Interviewing for Patient Navigators – Aurora, CO
In this course you will expand your skills related to the strategic use of questions and reflections to build upon and deepen client change talk.
May 13 

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Online Course – Open for Registration

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The 7-week online course, Emotional and Social Aspects of Disease will be starting next month!

This Level 2 course helps patient navigators understand their role and how to help patients and their caregivers deal with complex emotional issues related to chronic disease.

For more information on the course please visit our calendar or register here.

 

 

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