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Past Series

Review past topics we have covered as part of Project ECHO.

Click a year to read the titles, dates, event descriptions, and specialty teams of our past Project ECHO series. Specialty team member information reflects their credentials and position(s) at the time of each individual ECHO series.

2024

June 6th – 27th, 2024

The Building Healthy Communities 2024 ECHO: Supporting Maternal Health in Rural Kansas series aims to connect rural healthcare professionals and urban and suburban healthcare professionals serving rural Kansans with tools and resources to support improvement of maternal health outcomes in rural Kansas. By targeting physicians, nurses, social work and behavioral health professionals, clinic staff, public health, doulas, nurse midwives, this series will engage maternal care team members across the state in learning about the landscape of rural maternal health in Kansas, behavioral and mental maternal health, the roles and scope of practice of maternal care team members, and continuity of care and patient-to-resource connection.

Specialty Team

  • Sharla Smith, Ph.D., MPH; Associate Professor, Population Health; Director, Kansas Birth Equity Network, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Melissa Hoffman, APRN, DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, LMH Health, Lawrence, KS
  • Danielle M. Ast, MBA, RD, IBCLC; Program Manager, Kansas Center for Rural Health, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Salina, KS
  • Jennie Toland, BSN, RN, CLC; Co-Founder, Ford County Breastfeeding Coalition; Elected Director, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, Dodge City, KS
  • Brenda Bandy, IBCLC; Executive Director, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Manhattan, KS
  • Vanessa Flood, IBCLC; Education Director, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Olathe, KS

April 24th – May 15th, 2024

The RETAINWORKS 2024 ECHO series on Musculoskeletal Health provides strategies and resources to develop holistic stay-at-work and return-to-work plans that address the physical, psychological, and social needs of employees recovering from musculoskeletal injuries.

Specialty Team

  • Kimberly Templeton, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAMWA, Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, The University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Angela Fehr, RN, RETAINWORKS Clinical Nurse Navigator, Care Collaborative, The University of Kansas Health System, Salina, KS
  • Ashton Stubbs, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation Services; Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center, The University of Kansas Health System Kansas City, KS
  • Shellie Sharp, Employer Coordinator, Workforce Partnership, Lenexa, KS
  • Matthew L. Drake, MD, Associate Professor, The University of Kansas Medical Center; Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • Guest Speaker: Joshua T. Bunch, MD, Spine Surgeon, University of Kansas Orthopedic Surgery Department, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS

April 11th – May 9th, 2024

This ECHO series will support healthcare professionals serving rural Kansans to bridge gaps in health care and build healthier communities. The series will introduce learners to the barriers many Kansans face when seeking health care, tools and strategies that work to troubleshoot and mitigate health disparities in Kansas communities, and the values of employing community health workers, nurse navigators, and other support staff to improve health outcomes. Learners will be connected to vital resources such as data sources, screening tools, information on building sustainability for community health workers, and practical strategies for combating health disparities.

Specialty Team

Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing; Associate Director for Service, Center for African American Health; Co-Lead, Community Engagement, KU Frontiers CTSI; Kansas City, KS

Lucia Jones Herrera, MSN, RN, Associate Director for SDOH and Maternal Program, UnitedHealthcare Community & State - Kansas, Overland Park, KS

Lynn Fisher, MD, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Wichita, KS

Ton Mirás Neira, Community Health Worker Program Manager, Communities Organizing to Promote Equity (COPE), Department of Family Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Andrea Perdomo-Morales, MSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Chief Health Equity Officer, Vibrant Health, Kansas City, KS

Alyson Demel, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Rice Community Healthcare, Lyons, KS

RETAINWORKS 2024 ECHO: Mental and Behavioral Health Strategies for Workplace Success

March 21st – April 11th, 2024

The RETAINWORKS 2024 ECHO Mental and Behavioral Health series is designed to equip medical and behavioral health providers, workforce supports, and employers with comprehensive knowledge and practical strategies to effectively support return to work and stay at work strategies for individuals with mental and behavioral health concerns.

Specialty Team

  • Angela Fehr, RN, RETAINWORKS Clinical Nurse Navigator, Care Collaborative, The University of Kansas Health System, Salina, KS
  • Ashton Stubbs, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation Services; Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • Shellie Sharp, Employer Coordinator, Workforce Partnership, Lenexa, KS
  • Teresa Long, BSN, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Kansas Medical Center; Director Persistent Pain Management Clinic, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • Shaweta Babbar, MD, Addiction Psychiatrist, The University of Kansas Health System; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Callie Grantham, LCPC, LAC, Clinic Practice Manager, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • Stacie Stoltz, MSW, LSCSW, Clinical Manager, The University of Kansas Health System - Adult Mental and Behavioral Health, Kansas City, KS

March 26th – April 23rd, 2024

Through both didactic and case-based learning, the Mental Wellness 2024 ECHO series will equip and empower prescribing providers and other professionals and partners in healthcare for older adults to reduce the number of residents in nursing facilities and nursing facilities for mental health receiving antipsychotic medications. By the end of this series, learners will be able to describe regulations for and state trends in antipsychotic prescribing and use in older adults, identify interventions and treatments to enhance behavioral function in older adults, and determine appropriate circumstances for prescribing antipsychotic drugs to older adults.

Specialty Team

  • Alicia Hutchison, APRN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Director of Clinical Operations, Curana Health, Overland Park, KS
  • Jessica Kalender-Rich, M.D., MHA, CMD, AGSF, Post-Acute Medical Director, Associate Chief of Clinical Services, University of Kansas Health System; Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Susan E. King, PharmD, BCGP, CNSC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, Wichita, KS
  • Denise Zwahlen, M.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Associate Professor, Geriatrics/Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS

February 27th – March 26th

The I-CAN 2024 ECHO: Improving Access to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Rural Communities series is designed to expand respiratory therapy (RT) and registered nursing (RN) workforce capacity in Kansas Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), focusing especially on building skills to engage in population health and treat persons with Long-COVID and other respiratory diseases. The Interprofessional COVID Academic Network (I-CAN) clearly addressess the Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program (RPHWTN) invitation to expand the rural healthcare workforce capacity to treat people with Long-COVID and other respiratory diseases. The overall goal of the project is to collaborate with rural communities to improve their workforce capacity and improve the lives of people with Long-COVID and other respiratory diseases.

Specialty Team

  • Dave Burnett, PhD, RRT, Associate Dean, School of Health Professions, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Amy Choitz, BSN, RN CCRP, CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Coordinator, HaysMed; Missouri Kansas Association Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MOKSACVPR) Past President, Treasurer, Website Coordinator, Hays, KS
  • Macy Manwaring, LMSW, Social Worker, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS

February 15th – March 14th, 2024

The Hepatitis C 2024 ECHO: From Diagnosis to Cure series is designed to provide guidance and applicable information to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers to increase provider capacity to test and treat Hepatitis A, B, and C in Kansas. At the conclusion of this series, participants will be able to:

Use evidence-based guidelines to effectively screen patients for Viral Hepatitis infection (apply appropriate diagnostic tests for virus, interpret the results, and make informed clinical decisions).

Collaborate in the development of comprehensive treatment plans for patients living with Viral Hepatitis, considering individual needs, comorbidities, and available resources.

Provide guidance and applicable information to increase provider capacity to test and treat Hepatitis C and B in Kansas.

Specialty Team

  • Allison Bebo, MS, Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Amie Cook, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Kayla Del Rio, APRN-C, AAHIVS, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, KS
  • Brian Martin, PharmD, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg, KS
  • Julie Stewart, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, FACP, FAAP, Medical Director, Infectious Diseases, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Arma, KS
  • Donna E. Sweet, MD, AAHIVS, MACP, Professor, Internal Medicine, The University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita, Wichita, KS
  • Daniel Warren, MD, Medical Director, Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center; Addiction Medicine Physician, HealthCore Clinic, Wichita, KS

January 16th – February 13th, 2024

The Lead Poisoning 2024 ECHO: Equipping Clinicians to Address Lead Exposure in Kansas Communities series is designed to provide primary care providers, pediatricians, community healthcare workers, and public health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively engage families and educate them about the critical risks associated with lead poisoning. This comprehensive program features training led by public health experts and clinical specialists, supplemented by engaging, case-based learning. By participating in this series, healthcare professionals will graduate with a thorough understanding of how to:

  • Recognize potential sources of lead exposure and comprehend its impact on the human body.
  • Identify individuals at risk of lead poisoning.
  • Determine when and how to perform lead screening and testing.
  • Implement best practices for the medical management of lead poisoning case.
  • Effectively communicate the importance of pediatric blood lead testing to families
  • Collaborate with clinicians, public health professionals, and other stakeholders to prevent lead exposure and testing issues.

Specialty Team

  • Farah Ahmed, MPH, PhD, State Epidemiologist and Environmental Health Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Grace Brouillette, DO, MBA, FAAP, Associate Professor, University of Kansas Health System, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Reed Kesinger, Communications Specialist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Camille McClellan, LPN, Regional Medical Investigator - Lead Poisoning, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
  • Elizabeth Silver, PharmD, DABAT, Managing Director, Kansas Poison Center, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
2023

October 19th – November 16th, 2023

The Accessible Oral Health 2023 ECHO: Effectively Treating Patients with Disabilities series aims to increase dental care access for Kansans with disabilities through the education of the dental care workforce and professionals involved in the dental journey of an individual with IDD. Series includes raising awareness of IDD, destigmatization, communication strategies, sensory awareness, the importance of teamwork (both within the dental team, with care coordinators, and with other healthcare professionals), and introduction to existing tools and resources.

Specialty Team

  • Sarah Feldhausen, Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Coordinator, Care Advocate Team, Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Allen Wong, DDDS, EdD, DABSCD, Director AEGD Program, Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, AADMD and SCDA, San Francisco, CA
  • Christie Stiehl, MA, BCBA, LBA, Owner, Clinician, Stiehl Behavioral Consulting, Lawrence, KS
  • Ben Hudson, CEO, Sensory Health, Dallas, TX
  • Nick Rogers, DDS, Rogers Family Dentistry, Arkansas City, KS

September 19th – October 17th, 2023

The HIV 2023 ECHO: Strengthening Local HIV Care in Kansas series aims to empower and equip primary care providers, nurses, and social workers in Kansas with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address HIV within their local communities. Through interactive sessions, we will cover a wide range of topics including screening, testing, PrEP and other prevention strategies, treatment, mental health considerations, and combating stigma. Participants will gain confidence and competence in delivering comprehensive care to individuals living with or at risk of contracting HIV, utilizing evidence-based guidelines, leveraging Kansas-specific epidemiological data, accessing provider and patient resources, and fostering a supportive healthcare environment.

Specialty Team

  • Donna Sweet, MD, AAHIVS, MACP, Professor, Internal Medicine, The University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Wichita, KS
  • Julie Stewart, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, FACP, FAAP, Medical Director, Infectious Diseases, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Arma, KS
  • Andy Truong, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager, Community Walgreens, Wichita, KS
  • Chyncia Howard, LMSW, LMAC, Out-Patient Psychotherapist, Wichita, KS
  • Kayla Del Rio, APRN-C, AAHIVS, Research Sub-Investigator, Internal Medicine/HIV/PREP/PEP/Hep C/Transgender Care, KUMC - Wichita Medical Practice Association, Wichita, KS
  • Mary Gonzales, DNP, APRN, AAHIVS, Nurse Practitioner, KU School of Medicine - Wichita, Wichita, KS
  • Kristen Row, MS, HIV/STI Surveillance Program Manager, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS

February – August 2023

This series is designed to cultivate partnerships between healthcare, workforce employers, and Kansas workers who desire to achieve optimal outcomes whenever an injury or illness affects their ability to return to or stay at work.

Specialty Team

  • Angela Fehr, RN, RETAINWORKS Clinical Nurse Navigator, Care Collaborative, The University of Kansas Health System, Salina, KS
  • Soni Mathew, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Occupational Medicine, Stormont Vail Health, Topeka, KS
  • Ashton Stubbs, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation Services; Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center - The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • Andrew Porter, DO, Physician Sports Medicine Ascension Via Christi Wichita, KS
  • Mario Castro, MD, MPH, E. Phillips and Lenora Carr Phillips Professor; Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research; Director, Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Kansas
  • Larry Wilkinson, MD, Medical Director, Ascension Via Christi Occupational and Environmental Medicine Wichita, KS
  • Shawna Wright, PhD, LP, Director, KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center

August 3rd – 31st, 2023

This Project ECHO series is designed to assist primary care, emergency department, and hospital providers with identifying and adopting evidence-based strategies including Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) for treating substance use disorders with specific populations.

Specialty Team

  • Daniel Warren, MD, Medical Director, Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center; Addiction Medicine Physician, HealthCore Clinic, Wichita, KS
  • Chad Harmon, MEd, LMAC, Clinical Director, Substance Abuse Center of Kansas, Wichita, KS
  • Kim Templeton, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAMWA, Professor and Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
  • Teresa Long, MD, BSN, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
  • Ashley Haynes, MD, Addiction Toxicologist, Robert J Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita, KS
  • Joan Duwve, MD, MPH, State Health Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Topeka, KS

June 1st – July 6th, 2023

By the end of this series, participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Age-Friendly care principles, effective communication skills for older adults, strategies for improving workforce retention through Age-Friendly care, and self-care techniques for preventing burnout among daily caregivers.

Specialty Team

  • Kim Bergen Jackson, PhD, RN-BC, LNHA, Administrator, Oaknoll Retirement Residence; Chair, Board of Directors for LeadingAge Iowa
  • Shawna Wright, PhD, LP, Director, KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Kaleigh Gilmore, LMSW, Social Worker, Oaknoll Retirement Residence
  • Sara Ruhlmann, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing, Oaknoll Retirement Residence
  • Paige Morrison-Bates, CNA, Daily Caregiver, Oaknoll Retirement Residence
  • Stacia Green, CNA, Daily Caregiver, Oaknoll Retirement Residence

May 4th – June 1st, 2023

This series aims to improve healthcare provider capacity to implement evidence-based practices related to substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, screening, early intervention, referral to treatment, and harm reduction.

Specialty Team

  • Daniel Warren, MD, Medical Director, Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center; Addiction Medicine Physician, HealthCore Clinic, Wichita, KS
  • Andrew Sack, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Scott Johnston, MPH, Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Topeka, KS
  • Alyssa Nava, MPH, Prevention Specialist, DCCCA, Lawrence, KS
  • Seth Dewey, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Candidate, Fort Hays State University; Health Educator, Reno County Health Department; Co-Founder of the Kansas Recovery Network, Hutchison, KS
  • Lisa Vayda, RPh, MS, MA, Pharmacist and Owner of Ideal Health with Lisa, LLC; Health Economist, Safe Streets Wichita; Coalition Chair, and Project WORKED Collaborator, Wichita, KS
  • Ngoc Vuong, Community Psychology PhD Student, Wichita State University; Former OD2A Project Manager; and Current Volunteer, Safe Streets, Wichita, KS
Archive

2022

  • Palliative Care 2022 ECHO: Pain Management for People Living with Serious Illness
  • Tickborne Diseases 2022 ECHO: Known and Emerging Threats in Kansas
  • Palliative Care 2022 ECHO: Establishing a Kansas Community of Practice to Improve Lives of People Experiencing Serious Illness

2021

  • Road Map to Zero 2021 ECHO: Role of Kansas Providers in HIV and HCV Testing and Linkage to Care
  • Kansas Opioid Response 2021 ECHO: Amplifying the Strengths of Rural Communities to Tailor Pain Management Strategies
  • Kansas Connecting Communities 2021 ECHO: Perinatal Behavioral Health: Access to Care, COVID-19, and Beyond
  • Telehealth 2021 ECHO: Sustaining Telehealth Beyond COVID-19
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Community-Based Care 2021 ECHO: Washburn University BWELL Project
  • KSKidsMAP TeleECHO Clinic
  • National Nursing Home Covid-19 Action Network

2020

  • Telehealth 2020 ECHO: Byte-Sized Learning
  • Substance Use Disorders 2020: Assessment, Treatment and Kansas Resources
  • Navigating Pain Prescribing 2020 ECHO: Deterring Substance Use Disorders
  • Telehealth 2020 ECHO: Implementing Telehealth
  • Kansas Connecting Communities 2020 ECHO: Addressing Perinatal Behavioral Health Disorders

2019

  • Kansas Connecting Communities
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Beyond the Developmental Screen
  • Kansas Cares
  • Stressed Out
  • Pain Prescribing
  • Opioid Recognition

2018

  • Child Irritability
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Healthy Lungs
  • Pain Management
  • Problem Behaviors
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Autism
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Airways

2017

  • Pain Management
  • Back To School
  • Behavioral Health Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Asthma

2016

Child Behavioral Health Pediatric Psychopharmacology

2015

Child and Youth Epilepsy (with Children's Mercy)

Community Engagement

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