Project ECHO’s Story

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Launched in 2003, Project ECHO grew out of one doctor’s vision. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a social innovator and liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, was frustrated that he could serve only a fraction of the hepatitis C patients in the state. He wanted to serve as many patients with hepatitis C as possible, so he created a free, educational model and mentored community providers across New Mexico in how to treat the condition.

A New England Journal of Medicine study found that hepatitis C care provided by Project ECHO trained community providers was as good as care provided by specialists at a university. The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead telementoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.

NEW! UPHCS Project ECHO Series

Integrating Pediatric Mental Health Into Primary Care

Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7BNQCY

Primary care clinical teams are cordially invited to participate in Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions Integrating Pediatric Mental Health Into Primary Care ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program. ECHO is a tele-mentoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to combine brief didactic presentations with interactive and practical case presentations from participants.

Sessions for the cohort will occur from 12:15-1:15 pm EST. Instruction will be led by Sheila Marcus, MD, Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Co-Director Infant and Early Childhood Clinic, and Richard Dopp, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry.

Primary care clinical teams (team may include MD, DO, NP, PA, RN, LPN) are invited to participate.

Each session will consist of a 15 minute didactic presentation and 45 minutes of case-based learning, including peer Q & A.

Attendees will be asked to submit cases for collaborative review prior to the session.

  • Free accredited continuing education (ACE) credits and nursing continuing education (CEU) units*
  • Share and learn with other clinicians, practices, and a multidisciplinary team of specialists on how to:
    • Increase knowledge and comfort with diagnosing and treating mild to moderate pediatric mental and behavioral health disorders
    • Increase knowledge of best practices in pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments
  • The opportunity to present your challenging cases and receive recommendations from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and peers
  • Open access to all references and resources

This six session ECHO series will include the following topics:

4/27/22 – Common Mental Health Concerns: The Magic of the Preschool Years

  • Anxiety, trauma and other stress disorder and PTSD, ADHD, autism and their unique presentations
  • The importance of the attachment relationship and its ability to mitigate behavioral concerns
  • Early brain development and the impact of secure attachment relationships
  • The importance of working within a relational construct and observing the dyad in order to understand preschool mental health concerns, including office-based observations

5/11/22  – Anxiety Disorders: Kids and Anxiety During a Time of Uncertainty

  • Diagnostic criteria and common presentations of different types of anxiety disorders
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure with response prevention
  • Options to safely and effectively use medications to treat anxiety in youth

5/25/22 – Autism: The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Learn about prevalence of and risk factors for autism
  • Common presenting features of autism as well as screening instruments used in primary care.
  • Common co-occurring conditions
  • Information about treatment strategies employed in autism spectrum disorders

6/8/22  –  ADHD: How to Help Patients and Families

  • Diagnostic criteria and common presentation of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy including parent-management training/behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Educational accommodations and other supports that can help youth with ADHD succeed
  • Options to safely and effectively use medications to treat ADHD in children and adolescents

6/22/22 – Trauma In Early Childhood: A Conundrum in Primary Care

  • Learn about prevalence of trauma in Michigan
  • Common presenting features of trauma and other stressor disorder and PTSD
  • Misdiagnoses which occur commonly in traumatized children
  • Therapeutic treatments, self-help strategies and the limited role of pharmacotherapy in trauma/PTSD

7/13/22 –  Depression in Youth: Screening, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support for Busy Practitioners

  • Diagnostic criteria and common presentations for Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Options to safely and effectively use medications to treat varied presentations of depressions and bipolar disorder
  • Self-care strategies that youth can employ themselves to influence their mood and functioning with an emphasis on exercise, sleep, and mindfulness-based interventions 
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7BNQCY

Please contact Kristie Hechtman via email here, or by calling (906) 225-7166 if you have any questions about this ECHO program.