Weitzman ECHO Series for Ohio: Diabetes Across the Lifespan

Program Information

In collaboration with Buckeye Health Plan and Ohio University, the Weitzman Institute is offering Weitzman ECHO Diabetes Across the Lifespan. This Weitzman ECHO connects primary care medical providers and clinicians to a community of peers and subject-matter experts from Ohio University to address patients’ complex health needs related to diabetes. At each session, subject-matter experts from Ohio University provided guidance from a multidisciplinary team approach to address patients’ complex health needs related to diabetes to screen, assess, treat, and manage patients with all types of diabetes. The Weitzman ECHO Diabetes Across the Lifespan is a no-cost, 12-month, 24-session program beginning October 18th, 2022 and will meet for 1-hour, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 12-1 pm ET.

This ECHO series is organized into the following modules to explore diabetes throughout different stages of life and in specific populations:

  1. Aging Adult Module
  2. Pregnant and Postpartum Module
  3. Adolescent Module
  4. Pediatric Module

This ECHO series is now enrolling primary care medical providers and clinicians from Ohio and surrounding states. All providers working in primary care settings (especially FQHCs) are encouraged to join and participate. CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and registered dietitians, among others, by Community Health Center, Inc., an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences

  • Medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA)
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Diabetes care team members

Learning Objectives

Related to diabetes in the aging population and primary care, by the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply evidence-based practices to effectively treat all types of diabetes mellitus as people age
  2. Employ best practices in screening and assessment to determine appropriate levels of care for common medical and behavioral health conditions
  3. Treat and manage complications and co-morbidities more effectively
  4. Better facilitate and improve medication management for patients with diabetes
  5. Apply self-management approaches with patients to empower them to manage diabetes and improve physical activity, sleep, and healthy eating
  6. Connect and help patients navigate services to address barriers to care and social determinants of health to improve health outcomes

Acknowledgment of Support

The Diabetes Across the Lifespan ECHO Program for Ohio is supported by the Centene Corporation and Buckeye Health Plan. 

FAQs

How do I sign up? Register now by clicking on the "Register" tab at the top right of this page. To register, you must be from Ohio (or an Appalachian region in a bordering state) and use the code diabetesoh. After you complete the registration form, we will follow up with onboarding materials so you can join the program. If you have any questions regarding registration or the ECHO program, please contact Claire Newby, Education Specialist, at newbyc@chc1.com.

What is Project ECHO®? Project ECHO® was developed by Sanjeev Arora, MD, at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that helps improve clinicians' knowledge and skills to improve patient care. ECHOs are designed to be a longer term continuing education programs to create a virtual community for providers and care team members to connect and learn from leading experts and receive guidance from peers and experts. This ECHO learning community provides mentorship and peer support which make this model unique and provide long-lasting impact beyond typical e-learning styles. Weitzman ECHO clinics are specifically designed to meet the needs of safety net primary care providers and their communities like providers practicing in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). 

How is each ECHO session structured? Each ECHO session consists of a didactic presentation by the ECHO's expert faculty and real patient case discussion presented by participating providers. During each ECHO session, participants learn skills and receive clinical pearls from the expert faculty didactic presentation and the case discussion and recommendations.

How much does it cost to participate? Enrollment is now open at no cost for the next curriculum year.

Who should participate? Primary care medical providers, behavioral health providers, or care team members who work in Ohio (or in an Appalachian region in a bordering state) are welcome to join and register.

When do sessions occur? This Project ECHO will occur twice monthly for one hour. Our kickoff session for the aging module will occur on October 18, 2022, and sessions will occur every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 12pm to 1pm ET.  

What level of participation is expected? Diabetes Across the Lifespan ECHO consists of four modules with 24 sessions in total. ECHO participants are expected to:

  • Attend at least 50% of sessions
  • Complete pre- and post- surveys
  • Submit at least one case for recommendations
  • Share webcams, when available
  • Engage during peer case discussion

How do I join the live sessions? Do I need any special equipment? Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using the Weitzman Education Platform and Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection. For instruction on how to how to join the live session, follow these Step-by-step instructions: Entering a Live Session.

How do I claim credit and download my CE/CME certificate? After the live session is completed, the session evaluation will be available right in the platform. Once you complete the session evaluation, you will be able to claim your credits and download your certificate.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 24.00 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 24.00 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 24.00 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 24.00 ADA CERP
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
  • 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 24.00 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 24.00 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 24.00 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 24.00 Participation Hour(s)
Activity opens: 
09/07/2022
Activity expires: 
11/29/2023

Schedule

This ECHO meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 12-1pm ET. Below are the dates of the remaining sessions: 

Aging Module:

  • October 18th, 2022: Diabetes in the Aging Adult: Epidemiology and Modifiable Risk Factors
  • November 1st, 2022: Macrovascular Diseases: cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular disease
  • November 15th, 2022: Barriers to Care and SDOH
  • December 6th, 2022: Microvascular Diseases: Diabetes and the eye
  • December 20th, 2022: Sleep and Aging
  • January 17th, 2023: Diabetes Self-Management, Education, and Support (DSMES)
  • February 7th, 2023: Depression and Diabetes
  • February 21st, 2023: Microvascular Diseases: Neuropathy
  • March 7th, 2023: Microvascular Diseases: Nephrology and kidney health
  • March 21st, 2023: Medication Management
  • April 4th, 2023: Diabetes and Cancer Risk
  • April 18th, 2023: Optimizing Lifestyle Factors

Pregnancy & Postpartum Module:

  • May 2nd, 2023
  • May 16th, 2023
  • June 6th, 2023
  • June 20th, 2023

Adolescents Module:

  • July 18th, 2023
  • August 1st, 2023
  • August 15th, 2023
  • September 5th, 2023

Pediatrics Module

  • September 19th, 2023
  • October 3rd, 2023
  • October 17th, 2023
  • November 7th, 2023

Faculty

Amber Healy D.O. is a physician who practices in Appalachian Ohio at OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College and an assistant clinical professor at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). Dr. Healy has focused her practice on the management and treatment of diabetes in one of the most underserved regions of Ohio, where the prevalence of diabetes is much higher than in most areas of the rest of the country. Her clinical practice involves both inpatient and outpatient diabetes management. She is actively involved in medical education, teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and peer, colleagues. Dr. Healy is the program director of the diabetes fellowship program at Ohio University, 1 of 6 such fellowships in the country. She is involved in several committees related to both clinical practice and the university and serves as director of the clinical division of the Diabetes Institute at OUHCOM. Her research and advocacy have focused on diabetes, more specifically focused on care delivery for those with limited access to endocrinologists.

Karen Bailey, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist who has been working at Ohio University for more than 15 years. She implements a recognized National Diabetes Prevention program and has been a lifestyle coach and Master Trainer Select for 8 years. She coordinates and implements a diabetes self-management education and support program accredited by the ADCES at OU DI and provides clinical services at OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College Diabetes and Endocrinology.

David Drozek D.O. trained and practiced as a general surgeon for many years before his introduction to Lifestyle Medicine as a patient in 2011. Having personally experienced the reversal of chronic lifestyle-related disease, he transitioned into Lifestyle Medicine as a specialty. He is certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, teaches and is involved in research at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He is Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine at Marietta Memorial Health System, where he has a clinical practice and works with the employee wellness program which serves as a teaching and research venue. His research is focused on the teaching and delivery of Lifestyle Medicine, especially for people with a lower socioeconomic status.

Allyson Hughes MA, Ph.D. earned her PhD in Health Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has years of experience working in academia, the nonprofit sector, and partnering with pharmaceutical companies to promote the voice of people with diabetes. She is very passionate about health policy and improving diabetes care. Her research in diabetes and behavioral medicine focuses on the psychosocial challenges of diabetes management and improving health equity. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1995. 

Yuanjie Mao, MD, Ph.D. is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center where he was awarded both MD and Ph.D. degrees. He trained in Internal medicine at the University of Maryland and Cleveland Clinic Hospitals and subsequently in Endocrinology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Mao is board certified in Internal medicine and Endocrinology. Mao has been practicing at OhioHealth Castrop Health Center, Athens, Ohio since 2019. His practice specializes in the care of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism disorders. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Ohio University where he has ongoing clinical studies and trials. His research includes stem cell therapies for diabetes, statin therapy in diabetes, and diabetic nephropathy, and he has had numerous publications in prestigious journals. His current research interest is glucose metabolism in obesity and nutritional therapy for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Joseph Bianco Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in integrated behavioral health and primary care. Dr. Bianco’s teaching includes medical student and GME didactics in traumatic stress and health, screening and diagnosing mental health disorders in medical settings, addiction medicine, and narrative-based medicine. Dr. Bianco’s research explores the effects of childhood trauma on adult health, traumatic stress and resilience among primary care patients, and physician burnout. He and his colleagues have developed trauma-informed primary care training programs for the rural health care workforce. A narrative enthusiast, Dr. Bianco co-created and currently teaches “The Open Book Project: A Narrative Medicine Program for Social Justice and Inclusion.” He also serves as the Associate Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact and is the co-producer and co-host of “Defining Moments,” a narrative-based podcast that promotes stories of health and healing.

Weitzman Institute Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the Weitzman Institute to ensure that Continuing Education (CE) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the Weitzman Institute requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at accme.org.

Faculty participating in a Weitzman Institute-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationship(s) with ineligible companies.

Speaker(s)

Karen Bailey, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Joseph Bianco, PhD, Clinical Psychology

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Douglas Carr, M.D.

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

David Drozek, DO, FACLM

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Amber Healy, D.O.

has a financial relationship (Other) with Provention Bio;.

Allyson Hughes

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Yuanjie Mao, MD, PhD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.   

Designation Statement

Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

By completing this activity you provide the Weitzman Institute permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

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Available Credit

  • 24.00 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants at its activities. Participants should only claim commensurate credit with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 24.00 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 24.00 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 24.00 ADA CERP
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
  • 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians at its activities via Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • 24.00 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 24.00 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 24.00 CDR
    Through Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide CDR credits to registered dieticians at its activities.
  • 24.00 Participation Hour(s)
 
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