Weitzman ECHO Complex Integrated Pediatrics (October 2021 - May 2022) Credit Claiming
Weitzman ECHO Complex Integrated Pediatrics connects primary care medical and behavioral health providers nationally with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in complex pediatric care. The Complex Integrated Pediatrics clinic uses twice-monthly videoconferencing sessions to explore a variety of topics designed to improve the quality of care and clinical outcomes for underserved children and adolescents. Experts from Community Health Center, Inc., the School-Based Health Alliance, and rotating guest specialists present on key issues and provide recommendations on challenging cases posed by participants. The clinic is designed to emphasize the integration and collaboration between medical and behavioral health providers, reducing variations in care. Participants develop new clinical competencies and confidence with complex pediatric cases. The one year curriculum addresses topics such as suicidality, pediatric vaccinations, problematic interactive media use, and dental care.
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 ECHO meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 12-1 PM ET / 9-10 AM PT.
Acknowledgement of Support
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 $451,575 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and 0% funded by nongovernment source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:
- Primary care providers
- Behavioral health providers
- Other members of the care team
Through HRSA’s Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP), Weitzman ECHO Complex Integrated Pediatrics is designed to support medical providers, behavioral health providers, and their care team members that work with pediatric patients in rural health centers. Seats are currently available for providers from both rural and non-rural settings. If interested, enroll now.
There is no fee associated with this program.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to do the following:
- Utilize the care team more effectively to improve the management of pediatric and adolescent medical and behavioral health conditions
- Use evidence-based techniques in the screening and treatment of common behavioral health diagnoses
- Demonstrate best practice approaches to improving the prevention and treatment of infectious disease in pediatric populations
- Apply strategies that focus on encouraging a healthy lifestyle foundation for patients and families
- Create awareness of the impact that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion have on pediatric and adolescent health outcomes
- Implement self-care strategies to combat staff burnout and compassion fatigue in practice
Ho-Choong Chang, MD, is the Chief of Pediatrics of Community Health Center, Inc. In this role, Dr. Chang oversees the delivery of high quality, evidence-based health care to our pediatric population. Dr. Chang also serves as the On Site Medical Director of Connecticut Pediatrics at CHC in Hartford as well as a clinical preceptor in our pediatric APRN residency program. Dr. Chang earned his undergraduate degree in psychobiology at Yale College. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Chang served in the first Teach For America corps and taught science to eight graders in Brooklyn, NY, where he was awarded the school’s Teacher of the Year Award in his first year. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Chang has cared for children in a number of roles including pediatric hospitalist, urgent care physician, and primary care provider. He was voted Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctors in Pediatrics in 2018 and 2019. He was also voted Inside New Jersey Magazine’s, Top Doctors for Children’s Health in 2015 to 2018.
R. Timothy Kearney, PhD, earned his BA with a combined major in Psychology and Spanish Literature at Yale University and pursued graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his MA (Theology) from the Graduate School of Theology and his PhD (Clinical Psychology) from the Graduate School of Psychology. He has also completed the post graduate Primary Care Behavioral Health training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. He is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut. He joined the Community Health Center behavioral health staff in 1998. He is the author of Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches (Intervarsity Press, 2001). In addition to administrative and clinical leadership of the Behavioral Health programs at CHC, Dr. Kearney supervises and trains postdoctoral psychology residents, co-leads psychotherapy groups with students and younger staff to train them in the provision of child group therapy, and provides direct client care with the clinical focus of providing care to children and adolescents and their families, especially those impacted by medical illness, trauma, and abuse.
Deirdre Brannin, RN, FNP-BC, completed her undergraduate BSN and post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Boston College. Her primary role is a school-based nurse practitioner at Community Health Center, Inc. working in both an elementary school and in a high school. She also maintains a practice serving adult and elderly patients. She is currently progressing toward certification in Functional Medicine (FM). Briefly, FM is an approach to medicine and wellness that addresses the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented, individualized approach that engages the patient and the provider in a therapeutic partnership. FM, which has a strong lifestyle component, seeks to understand what factors are affecting health or causing disease rather than just treating symptoms.
Robert Dudley, MD, MEd, FAAP, joined the Community Health Center of New Britain, CT as a National Public Health Scholar in the summer of 1996 after completing his residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has been involved in the New Britain community as the school district’s medical advisor for the past twenty five years. He has held multiple rolls at the state and national level with the American Academy of Pediatrics, currently as the Connecticut Chapter’s Immediate Past President and as the Chair of the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) grant program. He is a member of the national and state AAP School Health Committees. Dr. Dudley has championed quality improvement initiatives in the areas of substance abuse screening, developmental screening, depression screening, immunizations, asthma, and STD screening. He has been actively involved in pediatric obesity and community based participatory research projects for the past thirteen years, with presentations of Healthy Tomorrows, RWJF Salud America, and Invest Health grant program data at the AAP Future of Pediatrics, Weight of the Nation, and NICHQ conferences, where he was honored with NICHQ’s 2010 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. He serves as the medical advisor for Klingberg Family Center’s Webster House, which serves medically and behaviorally complex teens from across Connecticut. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Stacy Hankey, DSW, LCSW, earned her BSW at Western New England University and her MSW from Springfield College. She is also a doctoral candidate pursuing her DSW from Capella University. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Connecticut. She joined the Community Health Center’s School Based Heath Center staff in 2010 as a behavioral health clinician in an elementary school and has been one of the Regional Directors of School Based Behavioral Health since 2018. Ms. Hankey’s clinical work focuses on using play therapy and mindfulness intervention with children, adolescents, and families in variety of settings including schools, hospitals, residential facilities, and juvenile detention centers.
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No faculty disclosed a relevant financial relationship for this program.
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.
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), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses, American Academy of PAs (AAPA) credit to physician assistants, American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists and Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
By completing this activity you provide the Weitzman Institute permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board(s).
- 14.00 AAPA Category I CMEThrough 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.
- 14.00 ACE/ASWBThrough Joint Accreditation Community Health, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) credit to social workers at its activities.
- 14.00 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).
- 14.00 ANCCThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) nursing credit to nurses at its activities.
- 14.00 APAThrough Joint Accreditation, Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide American Psychological Association (APA) credit to psychologists at its activities.
- 14.00 Participation Hour(s)
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