Weitzman ECHO Advanced Primary Care 2023-2024

Prenatal and Maternal Health module begins June 6th, 2024!

Program Information

Advanced Primary Care ECHO meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT.

The Weitzman ECHO Advanced Primary Care connects rural primary care medical and behavioral health providers nationally with a multidisciplinary team of experts and specialists, using twice-monthly videoconferencing sessions, to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes for rural and underserved patients. Advanced Primary Care ECHO is designed to engage participating providers in a dynamic, interactive learning community emphasizing collaboration between medical and behavioral health providers to lessen variation in care.

From November 2023 to May 2024, we offered a 14-session module on adult psychiatry and substance use disorders, and now we're excited to offer a 6-session module on prenatal and maternal health starting June 6th! Each session, the multidisciplinary team of regular faculty members give succinct didactic presentations on pertinent subjects, after which they offer practical guidance to participants' complex patient cases via case discussions. The didactic presentations in this module will cover high-value topics related to birthing people in primary care including medication management adjustments, mood disorders like postpartum depression, transitions of care, and screening for risks and complications. These didactic presentations and case discussions develop and strengthen participating providers' clinical competencies and confidence with complex patient cases in primary care.

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Primary care medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA)

  • Behavioral health providers 

  • Care team members

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

Prenatal and Maternal Health Module Learning Objectives

Related to birthing persons in a primary care setting, by the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate screening, assessment, and symptomatology instruments for both physical and behavioral health to reduce risk and complications during perinatal care and later in life.
  2. Diagnose and treat medical and behavioral health conditions during perinatal care, including mood disorders, substance use disorders, and chronic diseases. 
  3. Collaboratively manage patients in primary care with specialists such as obstetricians and gynecologists to effectively account for transitions of care and effectively coordinate care. 
  4. Adjust routine medication management in consideration of risk factors before, during, and after pregnancy.
  5. Differentiate care based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation to reduce disparities and connect patients with services to address social determinants of health.

Acknowledgment of Support

Weitzman Institute is pleased to announce that this ECHO is being offered as part of the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) in order to improve rural health outcomes. This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $464,179 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and 0% funded by nongovernment sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

FAQs

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 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 a 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, nurses, or other members of the care team are welcome to join and register, with special priority given to providers from rural settings.

When do sessions occur? This Project ECHO will occur twice monthly for one hour. Our kickoff session for the prenatal and maternal health module will be June 6th, and sessions will occur every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 3-4pm ET / 12-1pm PT.

What level of participation is expected? Advanced Primary Care ECHO Psychiatry and Substance Use Disorder module consists of 14 sessions. ECHO participants are expected to:

  • Attend at least 75% 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 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? 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 ECHO program, please contact Anthony DiMartino, Education Specialist, at dimarta@mwhs1.com.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman 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.
  • 20.00 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman 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).
  • 20.00 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 20.00 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 20.00 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
Activity opens: 
09/20/2023
Activity expires: 
10/04/2024

Schedule

This ECHO meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month from 3pm ET / 12pm PT to 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

Module 2 – Prenatal & Maternal Health

  • June 6, 2024 - Preconception: Assessment & Risk Reduction
  • June 20, 2024 - Preconception: Mental Health Concerns, SDOH, & Substance Use
  • July 18, 2024 - OBGYN Perspective: Role of Primary Care
  • August 1, 2024 - Perinatal Psychotropic Medication Management
  • August 15, 2024 - Postpartum Depression & Perinatal Bereavement
  • September 5, 2024 - The First Year Postpartum

Module 1 – Adult Psychiatry & Substance Use Disorders*

  • November 2, 2023 - Philosophy of Care, Harm Reduction, & Motivational Interviewing
  • November 16, 2023 - Mood Disorders (Part 1): Assessment of Depression in Adult Primary Care
  • December 7, 2023 - Mood Disorders (Part 2): Treatment for Depression
  • December 21, 2023 - Mood Disorders (Part 3): Assessment & Treatment of Anxiety
  • January 4, 2024 - Suicidality & Crises Management
  • January 18, 2024 - Polysubstance Use
  • February 1, 2024 - Psychiatric Medication Management: Antipsychotics & Mood Stabilizers
  • February 15, 2024 - Non-Pharmacological Treatment Modalities
  • March 7, 2024 - PTSD & Grief Adjustment Disorders
  • March 21, 2024 - Trauma-Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Events
  • April 4, 2024 - Models of Addiction & Comorbidities of Substance Use
  • April 18, 2024 - Addressing Pain with Comorbid SUD 
  • May 2, 2024 - Assessment & Treatment of Adult ADHD
  • May 16, 2024 - MOUD Treatment Challenges & Resource Accessibility

*Recordings and other session materials from the previous module can be found under the continue tab in the 'Weitzman ECHO Advanced Primary Care 2023-2024: Session Recordings and Materials' page.

Maternal Health Module Faculty

Dr. Robert P. Griggs, Jr. is a Board-Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist with over thirty years of clinical experience in private practice and academic medicine. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated from the SUNY @ Buffalo School of Medicine. While in private practice Dr. Griggs engaged in the delivery of low-risk and high-risk pregnancies, was credentialed and performed both major and minor abdominal and laparoscopic procedures, and held clinical and teaching privileges at four area hospitals. Dr. Griggs currently serves as Director of Obstetrics and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Nu Health Medical Center in East Meadow, New York, where he is actively engaged in the training and education of Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Providers, and medical students, and residents. Dr. Griggs has a special interest in obstetrical and gynecological Ultrasound. Dr. Griggs is a former Initial Clinical Experience (ICE) Preceptor, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine @ Hofstra University. He also serves as Honorary Police Surgeon for the Nassau Sheriffs Department, New York City Police Department, and the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association.

Meghan Constantino, CNM has practiced as a nurse midwife since 2006, after graduating from Yale University School of Nursing and Stanford University.  She has worked as Clinical Faculty at Yale School of Nursing, in private practice and most recently at Community Health Center Inc since 2017.  She is a guest lecturer for programs at Fairfield University, Yale School of Nursing and Frank H Netter School of Medicine.  She is a lecturer for Project Echo Complex Care Management and a faculty preceptor for Community Health Center Inc’s Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

Core ECHO Faculty

imageRaghuram B. Bhat, MD, MA, FAPA, is a psychiatrist in private practice, with a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder. He is board-certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction medicine, and community and public psychiatry.  In addition to his private practice in Camas, WA, Dr. Bhat provides psychiatric consultation to primary care clinics in underserved areas of Washington through a collaborative care program, and via e-consulting.  Prior to private practice, he had held various medical leadership roles, including Chief Medical Officer of a community mental health organization. Dr. Bhat attended medical school at Saba University and completed his psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Stony Brook University. He also completed a community-based integrated care fellowship through the University of Washington. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Michelle Coble, DHSc, LCSW is the Associate Director of Behavioral Health at Community Medical Centers, Inc. (CMC). Community Medical Centers is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in San Joaquin County, providing integrated services to over 100,000 patients in 3 counties. When Dr. Coble was hired by CMC in 2016 the were 10 behavioral health providers on the team. Since becoming associate director of behavioral health, CMC’s Department of Behavioral Health has grown tremendously and she now helps manage a staff of 75 that includes licensed clinicians, associate social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, a psychologist, case managers, and community health workers. Dr. Coble has also been instrumental in helping to expand CMC’s behavioral health services providing mental health, substance use disorder and care coordination services at CMC’s 28 centers, CMC’s Recovery Center and Respite Center, local homeless shelter, and school-based counseling services. In addition to developing case management services that address patients’ social determinants of health that link patient with basic needs such as housing, food, insurance, and other basic needs. Dr. Coble provides clinical supervision to all associate social workers gaining hours towards licensure and has developed a robust internship program in partnership with a local university. Dr. Coble received her Master of Social Work in 2008 from Stanislaus State University, has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 2015, and has been working in the social work field for over 15 years.

imageMatthew Huddleston, MD, has worked as a Family Medicine Physician with a focus on HIV, Hepatitis C, and substance use disorders at Community Health Center, Inc. since 2001. Dr. Huddleston received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Huddleston has served as co-lead faculty member on Project ECHO Hepatitis C/HIV since the program’s development in 2012. Dr. Huddleston also serves as a preceptor for Community Health Center, Inc.’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

 

imageMelanie Lin, MD, CPC, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and Certified Professional Coder currently serving as AltaMed Health Services’ Medical Director of Integrated Clinical Services. In this capacity, Dr. Lin oversees the organization’s dental, behavioral health, senior care and health education departments as well as the radiology and lab programs.  Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Lin worked with DaVita HealthCare Partners in multiple capacities, including as the Department Chair of Quality Improvement. Dr. Lin attended medical school at Tufts University and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Lei McMiller, LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Community Medical Centers(CMC), in Stockton CA since 2018, as the Associate Director of Substance Use. She has a passion for working with the underserved, high risk population, which related well to CMC Mission. She was recruited by CMC to build and implement their SUD Program, which she oversees throughout the San Joaquin and Solan County. She received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

 

 

imageDan Wilensky, MD, has been a proud member of the Community Health Center, Inc. team since 2003. He is a Family Medicine Doctor, having completed his University of Connecticut Family Medicine Residency in 1995. In addition to serving on the ConferMED-ECHO faculty, he also has also served on Project ECHO Complex Care Management Faculty since its inception in 2015. Dr. Wilensky is the Chief Preceptor/Medical Consultant for Community Health Center’s APRN Residency Program and an agency-wide champion of best practices in chronic pain treatment. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of ConferMED.

 

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.

Planner(s)

Raghuram Bhat, MD, MA, FAPA

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Michelle Coble, LCSW

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Meghan Constantino, C.N.M, R.N., M.S.N, B.A.

has a financial relationship (Independent contractor) with Organon;.

Matthew Huddleston, MD, AAHIVM

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Melanie Lin, MD, CPC

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Leihua McMiller, LMFT

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.

Dan Wilensky, MD

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

Raghuram Bhat, MD, MA, FAPA

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Michelle Coble, LCSW

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Meghan Constantino, C.N.M, R.N., M.S.N, B.A.

has a financial relationship (Independent contractor) with Organon;.

Matthew Huddleston, MD, AAHIVM

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Melanie Lin, MD, CPC

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Leihua McMiller, LMFT

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Dan Wilensky, MD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. and its 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.   

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).

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Available Credit

  • 20.00 AAPA Category I CME
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman 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.
  • 20.00 ACE/ASWB
    Through Joint Accreditation Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman 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).
  • 20.00 ANCC
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
  • 20.00 APA
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
  • 20.00 Participation Hour(s)
    If you are not able to utilize any of the above credit types, you are able to download an unaccredited Participation Certificate for your records.
 
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