Education and Seminars

The Great Plains Primary Care PBRN provides links to educational opportunities, in the form of seminars and webinars, that enhance clinical expertise, reveal best care practices, promote clinical research expertise, and deliver cutting-edge research findings. Continuing education credits are available for in-person and distance participation. You do not have to be UNMC faculty or staff to claim continuing education credits.

Current educational opportunities:

Community-Engaged Clinical and Translational Research Institute 

The Great Plains IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Network (GP IDeA-CTR) is excited to provide its first annual Community-Engaged Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Institute. The 2021 Community-Engaged CTR Institute is an intensive program providing training opportunities for scientists, community members, clinicians, and other stakeholders interested in participatory research.


We will cover topics related to initiating and sustaining partnerships, creating research questions that are innovative and locally impactful, and facilitating culturally competent engagement between research and community audiences. Leaders from the GP IDeA CTR will lead many of the sessions.


Click here to register for the institute.


For more information, please view the website. For questions and additional information, please contact Emily Frankel at or 402-836-9283.

Ongoing educational opportunities:

UNMC Grand Rounds

Weekly education and case study presentations spanning all healthcare domains. For more information, contact or call 402-559-2891.


On-Demand Activities and Enduring Materials

Outreach educational seminars for healthcare providers. For more information, contact or call 402-559-4152.


Pain and Substance Use Disorder Project ECHO

Obtain knowledge, clinical advice, and share patient cases via video conferencing with experts in pain management and substance use disorders. For more information, contact Continuing Education Registration at 402-559-5929.


IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (ISPCTN)

The Pediatric Clinical Trials Network aims to study environmental influences on child health outcomes. The professional development courses are online modules designed to promote clinical research expertise across research teams. For more information, contact or call 501-320-7334.


COVID-19 Learning As We Go

 This webinar series will provide physicians, nurses and other health care professionals throughout Nebraska and the region with the information and tools needed to care for patients who are known or suspected to have COVID-19. One week after the live event, a recording of the webinar will be available on-demand. To claim continuing education credit, you will have to view the entire presentation and complete the online post test and evaluation. Questions? Contact Whitney Van Arsdall via email at


Preventing and Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

The purpose of this program is to rapidly assist 15,000 Nursing Himes in the United States to develop capabilities to consistently implement evidence-based best practices to prevent COVID-19 from entering nursing homes, preventing the spread of the virus so it does not enter nursing homes, and providing care for patients and staff who test positive for COVID-19. For more information, contact the ECHO Program Manager at 402-552-7243.

Past Presentations

  • COVID-19 Critical Care and Pulmonary Management Updates from the Frontlines

Hosted in partnership between Kansas Patients and Providers Engaged in Prevention Research (KPPEPR) and High Plains Research Network (HPRN) of Colorado, this session provides insight for rural providers and hospitals across Kansas and Colorado on addressing COVID-19.


Bill Vandivier, MD

Director, COPD Center,

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver


Download the slides here.

Monday, April 13, 2020 @ 12:30 CST


  • Develop surge capacity 
  • Identify SARS-CoV-2 testing
  • Cohort COVID-19 patients 
  • PPE – train, allocate & preserve 
  • Avoid respiratory emergencies   
  • Plan for codes 
  • Establish transfer criteria § ≥ 4L O2 or respiratory difficulty
  • Watanabe-Galloway, Shinobu. CTR 903 Seminar in Multidisciplinary Team Building and Concept Building across Disciplines – Lecture: “National Databases and Practice-Based Research Networks.” March 18, 2020. View presentation slides here.

Have educational opportunities to share? Contact Emily Frankel.