16th Annual Reach the Peak Asthma & Allergy Review and Update

Aurora, CO US
April 10, 2024 to April 11, 2024

Reach the Peak is turning 16! We are excited this year to offer a hybrid conference with both in-person and virtual attendance options for MDs, NPs, PA-Cs, nurses, respiratory therapists and other interested clinical team members. There is new curriculum for implementing updated asthma guidelines and addressing barriers to successful asthma management.

Mindful of busy schedules, the 1st day of the  conference has updates on asthma & allergy guidelines, spirometry, pharmacology, social determinants, and breakout sessions. AMA Category 1 Credit (aka CME Credit) for physicians is available for the 1st day of the conference. The 2nd day of the conference is focused on putting all the pieces of asthma management together, motivation, and case studies. Attendees are welcome to attend the 1st day or both days and select the CEs below:

5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are available for the 1st day, 10.75 NCPD credits are available for full conference attendance. NCPD credit will include pharmacotherapeutic hours.

Attendees may select 1 type of continuing education credit, but not both.  

Reach the Peak incorporates problem-based learning methods with a combination of lectures, small group case studies, networking, and comprehensive collaboration strategies. The conference is facilitated by leading experts in their field. The information presented keeps health team members current with the constantly evolving asthma management guidelines, practice challenges and addressing social determinants impacting asthma care.

Proceeds from Reach the Peak support Roundup River Ranch. Roundup River Ranch helps children and families with asthma and lung disorders to attend camp. Camp opportunities can be life changing for these children. Click Here to learn more about Roundup River Ranch!

Registration Fees


 Community ProvidersCHCO/PCN Affiliated
In-Person Attendance$150$125
Virtual Attendance$125$100

Target Audience

Physicians, advanced practice providers, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered nurses, staff assistants and respiratory therapists will find the content extremely useful in their clinical settings. 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pathophysiology and contributing factors of asthma diagnosis and management
  • Apply evidence for new asthma therapies including the use of combination medications as a controller and a reliever therapy (SMART therapy) in children with asthma
  • Summarize the importance of addressing social needs and building community partnerships to address barriers in asthma care.

Learner Outcome

As a result of this activity, the participant will report increased knowledge and intent to change practice related to evidence-based asthma guidelines and protocols for pediatric asthma patients.

Scholarship Assistance

Five full scholarships are being offered. To apply, email a letter of request outlining scholarship need to Jade Freeman at Jade.Freeman@childrenscolorado.org by Friday, March 8th, 2024. Notification of award will be sent by Friday, March 15th, 2024, along with instructions on how to register.

Do not register for the conference prior to applying for a scholarship. Separate registration instructions will be sent directly to all scholarship applicants.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
For questions, please contact Jade Freeman at jade.freeman@childrenscolorado.org
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.75 Attendance
  • 10.75 CRCE Credit
  • 10.75 NCPD
    • 1.40 Pharmacotherapeutic
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/10/2024 - 7:30am MDT
Event ends: 
04/11/2024 - 2:00pm MDT


Wednesday, April 10, 2024
*CME & NCPD Credit Available
7:45amWelcome & Course Overview
Bridget Raleigh, MSN, FNP-BC, AE-C
8:00amAsthma Guidelines: A Case Study Approach*
Monica Federico, MD
9:15amSpirometry in Asthma Management
Paul Stillwell, MD
10:00amSocial Determinants of Health and Impact on Asthma
Robert Franklin II
11:00amPharmacologic Therapy for Asthma*
Laney Brennan, PharmD
11:45amBreakout Sessions
  1. Case Scenarios & Application of SMART/MART/AIR - Monica Federico, MD & Trish Eells, MSN, CPNP, AE-C
  2. AED of Asthma & Adherence, Environmental Triggers and Device Teaching - Bridget Raleigh, MSN, FNP-BC, AEP & Mary Walsh, RT, AE-C
12:35pmLunch Break
1:20pmAllergic and Environmental Factors Contributing to Acute and Chronic Asthma*
William C. Anderson III, MD
2:00pmIndependent Study & Adjourn Day 1

*Pharmacotherapeutic credit available


Thursday, April 11, 2024
*NCPD Credit Available
7:45amKey Messages: Making the Asthma Action Plan Work*
Kate Michalek, MS, PA-C, AE-C
9:00amAdherence and Motivation
Heather De Keyser, MD
10:00amBreakout Sessions
  1. Partnering With School Nurses to Enhance Asthma Management - Melanie Gleason, PA-C & Catherine Clark, MS, RN, PCNS-BC, AE-C
  2. Overview of Case Management and Care Coordination - Joyce Baker, MBA, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC, Mary Walsh, RT, AE-C & Lindsey McLemore, BSRT, RPFT, AE-C
10:55amBreakout Sessions
  1. Addressing Pharmacy and Patient Access Barriers - Trish Eells, MSN, CPNP, AE-C & Catherine Clark, MS, RN, PCNS-BC, AE-C
  2. Continuity of Care: Teen to Adult Asthma Care - Laura Payne, MPH, RN, CPN, AE-C & Lindsey McLemore, BSRT, RPFT, AE-C
11:40pmLunch Break
12:15pmSmall Group Sessions
1:45pmWrap-up & Conference Adjourn

*Pharmacotherapeutic credit available

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue
Conference Center - Floor 2
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

This two-day course will be offered in-person at Children's Hospital Colorado Medical Conference and Education Center on the Anschutz Campus and virtually via Zoom. Further information regarding links to access the course virtually will be provided prior to the event. 

Faculty and Planning Committee

William C. Anderson III, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Co-Director Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic (MAC)
University of Colorado
Associate Program Director, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

Joyce Baker, MBA, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC
Asthma Clinical Program Coordinator
Children's Hospital Colorado

Allyson Barsanti, MSN, RN
Clinical Education Specialist | Ambulatory Nursing
Children's Hospital Colorado

Laney Brennan, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist
Children's Hospital Colorado

Catherine Clark, MS, RN, PCNS-BC, AE-C
Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Primary Care Clinics-Children’s Hospital Colorado
Adolescent Transition Program-TREK
Instructor-University of Colorado-Anschutz

Ray Cuellar
Operations Coordinator
Professional Development
Children's Hospital Colorado

Heather De Keyser, MD
Associate Professor | Pediatrics-Pulmonary
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Brittany Ebel, MS-HSA, RRT-CPFT, AE-C
Children's Hospital Colorado

Trish Eells, MSN, CPNP, AE-C
Director, High Risk Asthma Program, Southern Colorado
Associate Director of Asthma Programs for Southern Colorado
The Breathing Institute/Pulmonary Medicine| Children’s Colorado Briargate

Monica Federico, MD
Pediatric Pulmonologist
Associate Professor, Pediatrics | Director, Asthma Program
University of Colorado | Breathing Institute

Robert Franklin II
Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion Program Manager
Children's Hospital Colorado

Jade Freeman, MFA
Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
Children's Hospital Colorado

Melanie Gleason, MS, PA-C, AE-C
Associate Director School Centered Asthma Programs| Breathing Institute
Senior Instructor l University of Colorado

Christy Hass-Howard, MPH, BSN, BA, RN, AE-C, NCSN
Children's Hospital Colorado

Catherine Kutz, RN
Clinical Nurse
Children's Hospital Colorado

Lindsey McLemore, BSRT, RPFT, AE-C
Children's Hospital Colorado

Katherine Michalek, MS, PA-C, AE-C
Senior Instructor | Breathing Institute
University of Colorado

Naomi Miyazawa, MS, PA-C
Children's Hospital Colorado

Laura Payne, RN
Asthma Specialty Nurse Coordinator
Allergy & Immunology Department
Clinical Scholar

Bridget Raleigh, MSN, FNP-BC, AE-C
Associate Medical Director, Asthma Programs
Senior Instructor | Breathing Institute
University of Colorado

Mary Walsh, RT, AE-C
Children's Hospital Colorado

*Small group facilitator
†Planning committee member


William C. Anderson III, MD, speaker for this activity, is an advisory board member for Sanofi. 

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed have been mitigated. 


Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This education activity for 10.75 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

NCPD credit will include 1.4 pharmacotherapeutic hours. 

Respiratory Care

This program has been approved for 10.75 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.


A general certificate of attendance will be given to all other care providers.


Available Credit

  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.75 Attendance
  • 10.75 CRCE Credit
  • 10.75 NCPD
    • 1.40 Pharmacotherapeutic


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