Weight Management in Community Health: Learning Collaborative (May - December 2024)

Program Information

This learning collaborative is a no-cost, 8-month continuing education series for health center teams that face significant challenges in community health care with regard to the formal diagnosis and management of obesity. The learning series convenes subject matter experts, quality improvement coaches, and health centers who have successfully improved obesity care to assist each participating health center team to enact strategies that will assist in creating team, site, and organization-wide changes to improve obesity treatment and management health care. Health center teams should expect to assess their unique barriers and strengths as they relate to advancing healthy weight management initiatives and apply strategies to improve obesity and weight management care in clinics. Participating clinicians will also build their confidence with treatment modalities, including lifestyle modifications, pharmacologic therapy, and surgical intervention to address the system-based barriers to improve patient care.

Acknowledgement of Support

We would like to acknowledge our partner organization, The France Foundation. This activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Lilly

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians' Assistants
  • Behavioral Health Providers
  • Quality Improvement Staff
  • Clinical Leadership

CME and CE credits will be provided for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and clinical social workers, among others, by Moses/Weitzman Health System, an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Ascertain metrics of your healthcare center against key performance measures related to the obesity care
  • Identify barriers to diagnosing obesity in patients of your healthcare center
  • Formulate an improvement plan for establishing treatment plans for patients with obesity in your healthcare center
  • Formulate an improvement plan for managing holistic care of patients with obesity in your healthcare center

FAQs

How are Learning Collaborative modules structured?

The Learning Collaborative modules consist of: 

  • Monthly live Learning Collaborative sessions
  • Pre and postwork to be completed before and after Learning Collaborative sessions
  • Bi-weekly QI Coaching Office Hours

What level of participation is expected and required to receive the stipend? The Weight Management in Community Health Learning Collaborative series consists of 8 modules. At least three team members should be present at every learning collaborative session. Each participating team member is expected to:

  • Attend all learning collaborative sessions (we understand if team members miss occasionally due to illness or vacation)
  • At least 3 team members are expected to attend at least 1 QI coaching office hours each month
  • Complete individual prework prior to the live learning collaborative sessions
  • Collaboratively complete postwork as a team
  • Attend at least one coaching office hour with your team for each module
  • Complete post-session evaluations
  • Share webcams, when available, and engage in sessions

When will my health center receive the stipend? Participation in this series will provide a $5,000 stipend for each of the 10 accepted health centers to engage in this continuing education series Stipends will be awarded at the completion of the series if all the above criteria are met. 

How do I join live sessions?  Learning Collaborative sessions are held virtually using the Weitzman Education Platform and Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection. For instructions on 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 on the platform. Once you complete the session evaluation, you will be able to claim your credits and download your certificate.

How do I sign up?  This is a closed Learning Collaborative available only to health centers that were accepted through an application process. Register now by clicking on the "Register" tab at the top right of this page. After you complete registration, we will follow up with onboarding materials so you can join the program. If you have any questions regarding registration or the Learning Collaborative, please contact Emma Warshauer, Education Specialist, at warshae@mwhs1.com.

How do I receive MOC points? Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

When and where will the ECHO session be offered? The Weight Management in Community Health ECHO will begin in July 2024. We require representation from at least one member of your team, which may include providers and care team members, on at least 75% of ECHO sessions. Registration information will be dispersed within the next couple of months to health center participants.

 

Activity summary
Activity opens: 
04/01/2024
Activity expires: 
01/31/2025
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Schedule

The Learning Collaborative sessions meet once a month between May - December 2024 from 1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST. QI Coaching Office Hours are held biweekly on Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST.

Below are the dates of the sessions and QI Coaching Office Hours: 

  • Module 1: Introduction to Data and QI
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: May 22, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions: 
      • May 28, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • June 11, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 2: Aim Statements and Gap Analysis
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: June 19, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions: 
      • June 25, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • July 9, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 3: Screening and Assessment
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: July 17, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions: 
      • July 23, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • August 6, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 4: Prevention, Management, and Treatment
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: August 14, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions: 
      • August 27, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • September 10, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 5: Patient and Family Engagement
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: September 18, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions:
      • September 24, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • October 8, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 6: Motivational Interviewing
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: October 16, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions:
      • October 29, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • November 12, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 7: System/Clinic Transformation and Sustainability 
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: November 20, 2024 - (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions:
      • November 26, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • December 10, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
  • Module 8: Harvest and Next Steps 
    • Live Learning Collaborative Session: December 18, 2024 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
    • Coaching Office Hour Sessions:
      • January 7, 2025 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)
      • January 14, 2025 (1pm-2pm EST // 10am-11am PST)

Weight Management Expert Faculty

Chika V. Anekwe, MD, MPH is an obesity medicine physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology from Princeton Universty, a medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and a master of public health degree from Columbia University. Dr. Anekwe completed her internship in Pediatrics at NYU and her residency in General Preventive Medicine, the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Dr. Anekwe is founder and president of the New England Obesity Society, and organization that sponsors educational events and provides resources for clinicians in the New England area interested in treating obesity and associated metabolic disease. Her professional interests are in the areas of clinical nutrition, obesity medicine, non-surgical weight management, health policy and community health outreach, with a special interest in underserved communities. 

Dr. Mandeep Brar is a board certified Endocrinologist with extensive experience in the management of complex endocrine disorders. After finishing her residency in Los Angeles, California she pursued her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Colorado, Denver under the mentorship of renowned faculty such as Dr. Chester E. Ridgeway and Dr. Robert Eckel.  After spending time on bench research in Colorado, Dr. Brar shifted her focus to develop clinical protocols for the management of diabetes and served as medical director at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health diabetes center in the greater Seattle area.  Dr. Brar moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to take over Tenet Healths' Abrazo Diabetes Care Centers. During the past five years, Dr. Brar has focused on population health interventions for management of diabetes and training the next generation of providers. 

Dawn Graham, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Instruction the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2010 and Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Valparaiso University in 1999. Clinical and education experience includes work the University of Chicago Hospitals, Michigan City Area Schools, Purdue University, Porter Starke Community Mental Health and Logansport State Psychiatric Hospital. In addition, she has experience running a multi-million dollar federal grant to promote maternal/child health in Southeastern Ohio with partnerships in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health. She  previously acted as the chair of the Ohio Psychological Association Public Sector Issues committee. She is a certified community health worker through the Ohio Board of Nursing and is a CHW Master Trainer in the Appalachian Region. In addition, she has participated in national webinars and speaking engagements for SAMHSA’s- Rural Behavioral Health, The March of Dimes, and The American Institutes for Research. Areas of interest include creativity and mental health, global mental health, rural health and policy change. Current projects include qualitative research on integrated healthcare in rural settings across the United States. Her research interests also include the impact of compassion fatigue for healthcare professionals working with underserved patients and currently teaches Trauma Informed Care and Mindfulness to health professionals. Within the community, Dr. Graham has worked with Habitat for Humanity, OU Woman’s Mentoring Program, Vinton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Athens Girls Rock Camp. She served as a board member for Athens Mental Health, and is currently on the board of the Athens Artist Memorial Project and the leadership team for the Paw Paw Festival. Dawn spends her free time camping, fishing, playing music, and chasing her Basset Hounds.

Marat Gitman, OSMD, DO, is a board-certified Internist with additional board certification in Obesity Medicine since 2016 and certification (Doane University) in Lifestyle Medicine since 2021. As an internist, Dr Gitman is specializing in management of variety of medical disorders with a concentration in lifestyle disorders. Dr Gitman strongly believes that lifestyle modification is an effective supplement to medications in management of complex medical problems. After graduation from residency (Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York), Dr. Gitman has been practicing in Connecticut at the Community Health Center since 2013 and has been the medical director of Enfield office since 2014. 

QI Coaches

Patti Feeney, MSM, ACC, brings over 25 years of professional expertise as a Leadership Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, specializing in human resources, organizational development, change management, and process improvement. Throughout her career, Patti has served as a trusted consultant, adult educator, and leadership coach, empowering organizations and individuals across diverse sectors to embrace and drive transformative change. With a focus on process improvement, facilitation, team development, and communication strategies, Patti equips teams with the tools to navigate complexities, foster innovation, and sustainably transform their organizations. Patti holds a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from Central Connecticut State University. She is an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and holds the designation of Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Additionally, Patti is a certified Microsystems Coach through The Dartmouth Institute.

Lisa Leary, MS, is an educator and strategist with a passion for creating meaningful change and helping organizations achieve greater success and productivity. Through working with leadership teams and staff, she has led collaborative efforts to build strong, reliable, and efficient infrastructures so organizations can achieve their best. She has successfully worked with multiple organizations using Lean Six Sigma and Microsystems methodology to reduce waste, increase revenue, and empower staff to both do the work and improve the work. Lisa equips teams to diagnose and treat their systems using innovative, cost-effective solutions. She has published and presented on a variety of topics, including using microsystems for practice transformation, measurement fundamentals for quality improvement, and defining and understanding quality in nursing home settings. Lisa holds a Masters Degree in Evaluative Clinical Science from Dartmouth College and is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She brings over 15 years of experience in process improvement and practice transformation through her work in healthcare, humane organizations and other non-profit agencies

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.

Committee member(s)

Chika Anekwe, MD, MPH, PNS

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Mandeep Brar, MD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Marat Gitman, OSMD, DO

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Dawn Graham, PhD, C-CHW

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.
Planner(s)

Karen Ashley, EdD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Jasleen Chahal, PhD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Patti Feeney, MSM, ACC

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Erika Fox

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Melissa Glasner, Medical Content, Manager; MSc

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Lisa Leary, MS

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Rosemary Motz, MPH, MA, RDN

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Amanda Noe

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Michaela Osborn

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Ariel Porto, MPH

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Emma Warshauer, MPH, CPH

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patJoint Accreditation logoient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The France Foundation and Moses/Weitzman Health System, Inc./Weitzman Institute. Moses/Weitzman Health System, Inc. 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. Additional credits are available for Physician Assistants/Associates. 

By completing this activity, you provide Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. the permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).

Please note that continuing education credit requirements differ by state, jurisdiction, and licensing agency. It is your responsibility to confirm if your licensing/credentialing agency will accept the credits offered by this activity.

 

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 8.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

 
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  • The activity will take place over Zoom, which must be accessed directly from within the activity.