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December 10, 2019

KU Medical Center's Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is beginning a multiyear ECHO during 2020 titled KSKidsMAP ECHO. This ECHO will focus on treating mental and behavioral health concerns in children and adolescents in a primary care setting. Meeting twice a month via a technology-supported platform called Zoom, the tele-ECHO sessions will include a brief-focused didactic, case-based learning surrounded by clinical consultation and discussion.

To prepare for the spring launch, a core team from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita and the KU Medical Center Project ECHO staff traveled to the International ECHO Institute in New Mexico to learn the components of the Project ECHO collaborative model of medical education and care management. Team members included (from left to right) Dr. Rachel Brown, professor and chair KU Wichita Psychiatry; Dr. Kari Harris, associate professor KU Wichita Pediatrics; Dr. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., founder of Project ECHO, University of New Mexico; Nicole Klaus, Ph.D. KU Wichita Psychiatry; Polly Freeman, LBSW, MSW, KU Wichita Psychiatry and Jan Lyon, Project ECHO senior coordinator University of Kansas Medical Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Photo of ECHO immersion training participants

KSKidsMAP ECHO Clinics will be facilitated by the pediatric mental health team at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, including a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, adolescent psychologist, pediatrician and a licensed social worker. Register for no cost continuing education, which will be available at the end of each session.

Project ECHO is a world-wide initiative that empowers clinicians to provide better care to more people regardless of where their patients live. KU Medical Center's Project ECHO, located in the KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth, has provided 140 tele-ECHO sessions covering 23 different topics with participants from 103 Kansas counties and beyond. Not only does KU Medical Center's Project ECHO make geography irrelevant, it's also the "best lunch break ever" as one participant described it.

Learn more at KU Medical Center's Project ECHO website or visit the KSKidsMAP ECHO site for more information and future events.

Last modified: Jan 03, 2020