The Leadership Development Program for Building Effective Interprofessional Teams
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11/18/2020 to 6/17/2021

When: November 18-19, December 9-10 2020, and January 27-28, 2021. Additional webinars following.
12:00 PM
Where: Online
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Online registration is available until: 10/28/2020
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This year-long program is designed to provide an opportunity for providers and clinic leadership to participate without the significant demand for out-of-clinic time that places a burden on clinics. The program supports up to 40 leaders per year, and will include virtual trainings, four follow-up webinars and 1:1 leadership coaching. This program utilizes a cohort model, so please register alongside other leaders in your CHC. Examples of ideal cohorts include: a "pod" of clinic staff, a department team, clinic managers, etc. The minimum cohort size is 4 people, and the maximum cohort size is 10 people. Each cohort must designate one leader who will be responsible for leading their cohort on the team capstone or developing an independent capstone related to two UDS measures and patient satisfaction improvement.


If you have any questions regarding the make-up of your cohort, please contact Deb Center or Michelle Cheuvront from the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.


Deb Center:

Michelle Cheuvront:


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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence is the grantee of “Building Skills for Effective Interprofessional Teams: A Statewide Collaboration.” Granted under the Medicine and Dentistry division, Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program, grant #T0BHP29991. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.




Virtual Session 1: November 18-19, 12:00 – 4:00 pm PDT

Virtual Session 2: December 9-10, 12:00 – 4:00 pm PDT

Virtual Session 3: January 27-28, 12:00 – 4:00 pm PDT

Additional Webinars:
March 4th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

April 8th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

May 13th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

June 17th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm PDT

Capstone Project Presentation will be at the 2021 Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle, WA - October 2021.

Learning Objectives


  • Examine how you impact the collaborative environment and team.  
  • Examine how mindset, values and beliefs impact relationships in teams.
  • Examine tools for creating clarity in teams. 
  • Examine results of the five behaviors of a cohesive team and identify priorities for action.
  • Pull it all together to build an effective and resilient team.

Who Should Attend?


This training is intended for small cohorts from community health centers, so please register alongside 3 to 9 other staff members at your community health center. There should be at least one provider per each team. It is also highly recommended for teams to meet in one location for the virtual sessions if at all possible.


If you have any questions regarding the make-up of your clinic, please contact Deb Center or Michelle Cheuvront from the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.

Deb Center:

Michelle Cheuvront:





Deborah L. Center, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC
Deb is currently the Chief Program Officer at the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence where she is responsible for overseeing all the educational programs at the Center and she facilitates several programs related to leadership and interdisciplinary teams.  Since joining the Center in 2006, she has lead several grant-funded programs related to home healthcare, nursing education and nursing workforce pipeline initiatives.   

Deb has over 35 years experience in healthcare and has held many positions from a staff level to executive leadership within clinical practice settings, nursing education, and workforce development. With each position, her expertise and passion lead her to be seen as a change agent, facilitator, coach and mentor.  She believes in empowering others first through awareness and a clear understanding related to choice. The content she teaches is based on a solid foundation of evidence and supports developmental learning.  She has presented educational programs within each organization where she has been employed and at local/national conferences. She has been an author/co-author on several publications related to nursing nursing education, and leadership.  Deborah’s clinical and faculty expertise is in the areas of cardiology, critical care, long-term acute care and advanced medical-surgical nursing.   

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Specialty in Adult Critical Care at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  She is recently completed her doctorate in Organizational Development and Leadership Psychology with a focus on executive coaching and teams, specifically to address creating a healthy work culture. She is a 2008 Fellow from the Bighorn Leadership Program, a policy development leadership program specifically focused on rural health.  She completed the certified coaches program with Coaches Training Alliance (CTA). Deb completed the High Performance Coaches Certification program and is certified to administer and debrief the EQ-I 2.0 and EQ-I 360 assessment tools.  She has received specialty training to coach the DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Team, LPI, and Strength Finder tools.  Deb is an experienced coach for individuals, groups and teams.  She participates annually in the World Business and Executive Coaching Summit, an international executive coaching continuing education program. And is a member of the International     Coaching Federation. She is the Center’s Lead Coach and coordinates the Coaching Team to ensure ongoing program and staff development and quality.  As a private coach, she works with a variety clients from entry level positions through career transitions and executive roles.   She has extensive experience coaching and facilitating groups and teams. 

She is a member of the faculty for the Leadership and Coaching programs presented by the Center for acute care, long-term care, ambulatory care (specifically the federally-qualified health centers), public health, home health and nursing education.  She is the content expert on creating healthy work environments and reducing incivility within the workplace, as well as coaching as a leadership skill.   She has spent the majority of her career learning and attempting to fully understand the issue of incivility in nursing, healthcare and society.  Along the way, she has learned a few lessons and now has a few strategies to share related to creating and sustaining a healthy work environment.   As a coach, she strives to establish an individual relationship based on trust, safety, transparency and compassion.  Her goal is to help those working with her gain a new level of emotional intelligence and self-awareness in order to break patterns of the past to co-create a new future.  Her non-judgmental approach to reframing situations has been described as “insightful” and “intuitive.” She believes there is amazing human potential inside each of us ~ often forgotten or lost in the    chaos of our world ~ just waiting for the right spark to come alive!

Michelle Cheuvront, BS, CTA Certified Coach
Michelle began working with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence in 2006 where she was responsible for coordination at the Work Education and Life-Long Learning Center (WELLS Center) funded by the Department of Labor. The WELLS Center was initially founded to be a collaborative state-based simulation center focused on teaching faculty and leading interprofessional healthcare simulations. In 2008, Michelle accepted a new position as a Coordinate the Nursing Faculty Recruitment and Retention Project and the Clinical Placement Clearinghouse. When these two projects completed she was able to take on additional projects as a Project Manager for the Building Public Will and Home Health Innovations projects. Once those grants ended, she moved to be a Project Coordinator and Coach for the Inter-professional Collaborative Practice team development project. Michelle has since become a member of the Center’s Leadership team and is the Senior Project Coordinator where she is responsible to oversee the team of Project Coordinators. Michelle is also responsible for coordinating elements of the Building Skills for Effective Teams (BSET), Leadership Development Program for BSET, Interprofessional Student Leadership for provider-level students, and the Interprofessional Student Team Skills program for provider-level students.

Michelle completed her certified coaches training with Coach Training Alliance. She holds specialty certification for coaching in emotional intelligence. Michelle was the program coach for the Emerging Talent program and is now a team coach for the BSET and LDP programs and does EQ-I coaching for all programs.  She is an instrumental member of the Center’s coaching team and has experience coaching individuals and working with teams. Michelle has been an admired and masterful coach for many of the Building Skills for Effective Teams groups and is in the process of completing additional training and certification on emotional intelligence. Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Montana State University. She comes from a working background of financial portfolio management and outreach education to at risk youth.

Abby Laib, M.S.
Abby Laib, graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with her Master of Science in Applied Psychology with a focus on program evaluation and health psychology. She has several years of experience planning, implementing and managing evaluations, as well as, working with diverse stakeholders to effectively utilize their data to inform program decisions. Abby has conducted evaluations in a variety of content areas including public health, chronic disease, health systems, community pharmacy, oral health, mental health, early childhood, partnerships and self-sufficiency. Abby is a Wisconsin native who moved to Colorado eight years ago. She enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, watching football, and playing with her two pugs.

Carl Larson, PhD
Carl Larson is Professor Emeritus of Human Communication Studies and past Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Denver. (UD) Teaching is his life’s work, and he has enjoyed engaging in it with undergraduates, master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral students. After retirement from teaching, he continues to work in seminars and workshops with a very wide range of adult participants. He has been a member of the Center’s faculty and teaches in all our frontline-leader programs. Dr. Larson has received many awards for teaching excellence, including the Driscoll Master Educator Award given by the students of the UD to the University’s outstanding professor.

Dr. Larson’s main research activities have focused on groups and teams, leadership, collaboration, and negotiation. He has co-authored eight books on these topics.  Dr. Larson’s research and consulting have moved increasingly to issues of collaborative leadership, when individuals must come together from different sectors, interests, backgrounds, positions, and values. These differing stakeholders must reach an agreement about how to manage a situation that requires a resolution.  Dr. Larson studies leaders who do this well and what account for their success. As a result, much of his consulting is done for institutions.  Dr. Larson will support the Center’s Coaching Team throughout this program to effectively coach each clinic team.

Martina Schulte, MD
Marti Schulte is a practicing primary care internist, working for over 25 years with medically underserved populations.  Her clinical care sites have included Denver Health, federally-qualified health centers in Cincinnati, OH and Newport, KY, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. While practicing, she also started Community Physician Consulting LLC, to address the challenges of front-line providers and healthcare organizations, in the fast changing healthcare environment.  Her expertise is coaching individuals and organizations to greater professional joy and the prevention of burnout. Marti is also member of the Mile High Health Alliance and coordinator of its working group targeting care improvement for people who are high healthcare utilizers. Other clinical areas of experience include: HIV/AIDS care, serving as medical director of the Denver Health HIV Primary Care Clinic; quality improvement initiatives, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement model; and chronic pain management, leading the Stout Street Clinic initiative to change pain management and alter narcotic prescribing.  Marti has used her expertise in HIV care as a physician educator in countries in Africa, through Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Clinton Foundation HIV Global Initiative.  She is a volunteer site assessor with Project CURE, most recently doing assessments in Sri Lanka, Senegal and Papua New Guinea. Marti received her internal medicine training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.  Marti is an experienced coach and works with a variety of groups of physicians and residents focused on career resiliency.  She completed her coaching training through Case Western.



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