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April 2014 – Strategic Planning Facilitation for New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence

We collaborated with Leigh Caswell from Presbyterian Healthcare to co-facilitate a 4-hour discussion group with New Mexico Action Coalition committee members and key stakeholders. This was for the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence to solicit feedback about the findings of a series of community assessments of health needs in New Mexico with emphasis on the impact nursing can have on planning, implementation and evaluation of meeting these health needs. We received positive feedback about the day and look forward to facilitating another session at the end of the month!

Strategic session with Center for Nursing Excellence stakeholders

Strategic session with Center for Nursing Excellence stakeholders

We designed this training to be highly interactive and gather input through various techniques (activities, discussion, reflection, etc.).

At Soda Creek, we always incorporate the principles of adult learning into everything we design- training session, curricula, educational materials, etc.

Oct 2013 – Customer Service Training

We just finished a customer service training with Native Community Development Associates (NCDA) for First Choice Community Healthcare. It was a great success and a lot of fun! Cheryl Christopherson (Soda Creek) was the lead trainer and Melissa Riley (NCDA) co-facilitated. Participants were engaged, involved, and asked many great questions. In addition to co-owning Soda Creek, Ms. Christopherson is a full-time Registered Nurse. Her hands-on experience in the medical field is an invaluable asset when training other medical professionals. They can easily relate to her and her examples when they know she “walks the talk.” Great job, Cheryl!

When we lead trainings we emphasize adult learning principles. This includes creating a safe and comfortable environment, doing activities that are appropriate for different learning styles, building off the expertise and experiences of everyone in the room, and ensuring people can immediately apply what they learn to their work and life.




August 2012 – Webinar Facilitation

Webinar on Adult Learning in E-Learning Environment —

Today we facilitated a webinar for grantees (Strategic Champions) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for our client, the Altarum Institute. Grantees are currently developing their trainings and tools to deliver heart health information to underserved and minority communities across the United States. They requested a web meeting where they could learn more about how to develop e-learning tools (webinars, web conferences, self-paced tutorials, mobile technology learning, etc.) so that they include adult learning principles.

Soda Creek briefly covered the adult learning principles and then showed examples of how they can be applied to heart health teaching scenarios.

We have many resources related to adult learning, participatory communication, and popular education.

Some resources include:

Tailoring Virtual Training Delivery for Adult Learners

Great Webinars: Crossing the Chasm from Classroom Training to High Performance Virtual Delivery

Get Interactive! Ensure Your Webinar Speakers Engage Their Learners