Continuing Education

The science of health and well-being is ever evolving. Clinicians, and all those who support them, are expected to provide care that is known to be safe, effective and delivered with compassion. Most health professionals must maintain certification, and licensure through continuing education. Accredited Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities provide the opportunity for health professionals to learn in an atmosphere free of commercial bias.

Services We Provide

 

Continuing Education

The CPCHP partners with agencies to provide an array of accredited educational programs for physicians, nurses and other health professionals with a focus on primary care. We prioritize meeting the continuing education needs of those practicing in rural and underserved areas.

The Colorado Plateau Center for Health Professions is one of five Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in the state of Arizona, and each provides unique services for continuing education (CE) of health professionals.  CPCHP prioritizes creating opportunities within our service area of northern Arizona (Apache, Coconino, Navajo and Yavapai counties).  

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Most health professions are required to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) if they have direct patient contact. Each organization may have its own policies in place to stay compliant with state and federal requirements. We provide BLS resources to assist health professionals in the northern Arizona region, and limited it to those resources we know align with North Country HealthCare’s BLS policy.

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The Colorado Plateau shares resources for educational opportunities on a variety of topics. These events and education offerings are provided through our national and community partners. Please view the supporting links and documents for additional information.

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Q&A: Mary Pasternacki, FNP-BC

 

Plateau Spotlight

Mary Pasternacki, FNP-BC

Continuing Education (CE) is a vital part of our mission to improve the health of rural and underserved communities in northern Arizona by building, training, and strengthening the health workforce.

Here we spotlight Mary Pasternacki, FNP-BC, a leader in creating education and networking opportunities for healthcare providers in the Flagstaff area.

Education to Serve Our Communities

 

Core Topic Areas

The Colorado Plateau prioritizes accreditation of activities that incorporate one or more of the following core topic areas, which ensures that our continuing education activities are designed to support our rural and vulnerable communities.

Cultural
Competency

Cultural Competency

Seeks to build healthy communities by training healthcare providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse groups.

Social Determinants
of Health

Social Determinants of Health

Explores how economic stability, education, social and community context, access to healthcare, and neighborhood and the built environment impact health.

Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Education

Supports coordinated, patient-centered healthcare with an understanding of the contributions of many types of healthcare professionals.

Integrated
Behavioral Health

Integrated Behavioral Health

Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better serve individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.

Practice
Transformation

Practice Transformation

Supports quality improvement, patient-centered care, and team-based care delivery through leadership, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools.

Current & Emerging
Health Issues

Current and Emerging Health Issues

Addresses timely issues in healthcare and the broader social context, such as the opioid crisis and COVID-19, to advance positive health outcomes.

Cultural
Competency

Cultural Competency

Seeks to build healthy communities by training healthcare providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse groups.

Social Determinants
of Health

Social Determinants of Health

Explores how economic stability, education, social and community context, access to healthcare, and neighborhood and the built environment impact health.

Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Education

Supports coordinated, patient-centered healthcare with an understanding of the contributions of many types of healthcare professionals.

Integrated
Behavioral Health

Integrated Behavioral Health

Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better serve individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.

Practice
Transformation

Practice Transformation

Supports quality improvement, patient-centered care, and team-based care delivery through leadership, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, and adapting organizational tools.

Current & Emerging
Health Issues

Current and Emerging Health Issues

Addresses timely issues in healthcare and the broader social context, such as the opioid crisis and COVID-19, to advance positive health outcomes.

Major Continuing Education Partners

 

Around the State

In 2020, we partnered with these health care organizations to offer health professionals in northern Arizona & statewide. These activities ranged from one hour to multi-day conferences, weekly & monthly series, and enduring materials.

Northern Arizona
Provider Group

Together we can support continuing education of health professionals practicing in rural and underserved areas.

We invite you to explore our process for activity accreditation and help us create unique opportunities for health professionals in northern Arizona.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Find Answers

The value goes beyond helping health professionals obtain the CE/CME to renew their certificates and licenses. Health professionals must be life-long learners. Increasing knowledge includes learning best practices, and staying up-to-date on the latest research. Accredited activities provide a protected environment for learning, free of commercial bias.

Please contact us in the earliest phases of development (ideally no less than 90 days before the activity date, materials prepared 75 days in advance). Why? Accreditors each have unique requirements and timelines. To ensure content is relevant to the specialty being accredited and meets requirements, we must be directly involved in the planning or development. We have several community partnerships, and work diligently to honor commitments.

We sponsor many of the work we do for community partners (who seek to provide CE to health professionals free of charge to participants). Sponsorship or fees are determined on a case-by-case basis for every activity in the early phase of partnership development.