Weitzman ECHO Series for Ohio: Diabetes Across the Lifespan
*Now enrolling for the Adolescents and Pediatric module.*
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 that began on October 18th, 2022 and meets 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:
- Aging Adult Module
- Pregnant and Postpartum Module
- Adolescent and Pediatric Module: Begins July 18th
This ECHO series is now enrolling primary care medical providers and clinicians from Ohio and surrounding states for the Adolescents and Pediatric Module. Practitioners can enroll and begin joining at any time. Those already registered are registered for all proceed modules. 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.
This activity is appropriate for the following audiences
- Medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA)
- Registered Dietitians
- Diabetes care team members
By the end of the module, with respect to adolescent and pediatric patients with diabetes, participants will be able to...
- Determine strategies to help patients and their families prevent obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
- Implement recent advances in the management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
- Perform three motivational interviewing techniques to improve diabetes compliance through behavioral change.
- Recommend resources that address social determinants of health and assist patients and their families in navigating medical and school systems.
- Enact team-based care practices more effectively to improve the management of diabetes.
Acknowledgment of Support
The Diabetes Across the Lifespan ECHO Program for Ohio is supported by the Centene Corporation and Buckeye Health Plan.
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). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 was on October 18, 2022, and sessions 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.
This ECHO meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 12-1pm ET. Below are the dates of the remaining sessions:
Adolescents and Pediatrics Module:
- July 18th, 2023: Team-based Care in Pediatrics
- August 1st, 2023: Understanding a School Plan
- August 15th, 2023: Developmental Stages: Socialization, Management, and Compliance
- September 5th, 2023: Adolescent Behavior Change & Motivational Interviewing
- September 19th, 2023: Obesity AAP Guidelines and Type 2 Diabetes
- October 3rd, 2023: Nutrition Recommendations for Children with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- October 17th, 2023: Adversity, Social Determinants of Health and Barriers to Care with Families
- November 7th, 2023: Aging Out of Pediatric Care
- 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: Screening and Assessing for Gestational Diabetes
- May 16th, 2023: Breastfeeding and Gestational Diabetes
- June 6th, 2023: Dietary Modifications While Pregnant
- June 13th, 2023: Social Determinants of Health and Barriers to Care/Importance of Postpartum Care
Christopher Bolling, MD, FAAP, is a Volunteer Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the pediatric training program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, he co-founded Pediatric Associates in the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati in 1992. Over the ensuing thirty years, Pediatric Associates became one of the largest single specialty pediatric practices in the country. Dr. Bolling retired from Pediatric Associates in December 2022. After residency and during a three-year appointment mid-career at Cincinnati Children’s, he pursued research, advocacy, and clinical skills related to the prevention and management of pediatric obesity. He helped found the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity in 2009 and served on the Section Executive Committee and as Chair through 2019. He is published in the area of behavior change, obesity treatment, and community research. Most recently, he has been a co-author of the AAP policy statements on bariatric surgery and of the AAP Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents. He remains engaged in quality improvement, education, advocacy, and research activities.
Amber Healy D.O. is a physician who practices in Appalachian Ohio at OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College and an associate 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.
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