Weitzman ECHO Series for Ohio: Adult Psychiatry & Trauma-Informed Care

Program Information

This Weitzman ECHO Series for Ohio connects primary care providers, behavioral health providers, and other care team members to a community of peers and subject matter experts from across Ohio to address high-value psychiatric topics. The multidisciplinary faculty team will offer best practices for screening, assessing, and managing psychiatric conditions through a trauma-informed lens.

Weitzman ECHO Adult Psychiatry & Trauma-Informed Care is a no-cost, 9-month, 18-session continuing education series that begins on Friday, May 17th, 2024 and is offered in collaboration with Buckeye Health Plan and Ohio University. Each one-hour ECHO session consists of a brief didactic presentation on key topics related to adult psychiatry, followed by patient case discussions, submitted by participating providers.

CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician associates/assistants, pharmacists, social workers, and psychologists, by Moses/Weitzman Health System, Inc., an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

This activity meets the first and third Friday of every month of every month from 12-1pm ET.

Acknowledgement of Support

This program is supported by Ohio’s Medicaid Managed Care Plans' community reinvestment initiatives through the 2023 Collaborative Medicaid Managed Care Community Reinvestment Fund. This fund is administered by the Ohio Association of Health Plans. 

Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for the following audiences:

  • Primary care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA)
  • Behavioral health providers
  • Other members of the care team

Learning Objectives

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

  • Enhance collaboration between primary care and behavioral health providers to improve medication management and transitions of care.
  • Utilize patient-centered and trauma-informed techniques to understand patient risk factors and trends. 
  • Illustrate best practices in the screening and assessment of patients experiencing common psychiatric conditions.
  • Optimize the care of common co-occurring psychiatric conditions and medical comorbidities.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based treatment approaches including psychopharmacology and behavioral techniques. 
  • Implement methodologies to enhance patient adherence and shared decision-making.

FAQs

What is Project ECHO®? Project ECHO® was developed by Sanjeev Arora, MD, at the University of New Mexico 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, making this model unique and providing 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 series will occur twice monthly for one hour. Our kickoff session will occur on Friday, May 17th, 2024, and sessions will occur every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 12pm to 1pm ET.  

What level of participation is expected? This series consists of 18 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 discussions

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. 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 CME/CEU 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.

AMA Designation Statement

Moses/Weitzman Health System Inc. designates this Live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

 

For additional questions about this ECHO series, please contact Lorena Morgan, Education Program Specialist, at morganl@mwhs1.com

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 18.00 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).
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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: 
04/01/2024
Activity expires: 
03/10/2025

Schedule

This activity meets the first and third Friday of every month from 12-1PM ET. Below are the dates of the sessions:

  • May 17, 2024
  • June 7, 2024
  • June 21, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • August 2, 2024
  • August 16, 2024
  • September 6, 2024
  • September 20, 2024
  • October 4, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 1, 2024
  • November 15, 2024
  • December 6, 2024
  • December 20, 2024
  • January 3, 2025
  • January 17, 2025
  • February 7, 2025
  • February 21, 2025

 

Faculty

Mark Hurst, MD has a rich history in the healthcare field. During his career, Hurst has held leadership positions in the private sector, public sector and state government, including as medical director and director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and medical director and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Health.  In his state positions, he led efforts in suicide prevention, dual diagnosis treatment, trauma informed care, and addressing the opioid crisis. Dr. Hurst is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry is a private healthcare consultant and is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University. He has been recognized by his peers as a "Best Doctor in America" on multiple occasions.

Paul Schmidt, RPh MS joined Southeast Healthcare Inc. in Columbus Ohio in October 2021 as Clinical Pharmacist for the CCBHC program. CCBHC strives to improve the behavioral health of citizens by providing community-based mental and substance use disorder services; advancing integration of behavioral health with physical health care; assimilating and utilizing evidence-based practices on a more consistent basis; and promoting improved access to high quality care. Paul brings a wealth of experience having held Management positions in consulting for Long Term Care, Hospice and Worker’s Compensation. He has also held Supervisory positions in both Retail and Hospital pharmacy settings as well as having earned recognition and awards for performance as product representative for a major pharmaceutical company. With his Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois, Paul has also found time to earn two advanced degrees, one from the University of Texas and the other from Grand Canyon University, where he majored in Leadership and Disaster Preparedness. He enjoys teaching and has also had the privilege of being an instructor at both the Middle School and Collegiate levels.

Dana Vallangeon, MD arrived at OACHC in the spring of 2019 as the new Chief Medical Officer. As CMO, she assists in efforts to lead health center clinical teams to the highest levels of quality and operational efficiency. Her dual board certification in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine supports her work with the OACHC Behavioral Health and Quality teams to continue the adoption of effective Substance Use Disorder treatment throughout Ohio’s FQHCs. A former health center CEO and staff physician for over 17 years, she has also been a medical director at a free clinic and at a substance use disorder/mental health treatment facility, along with an ongoing role as an adjunct medical school and Family Medicine residency faculty. She received her M.D. degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and her B.S. degree from Olivet Nazarene University. 

Kristi Pennington, LISW-S, CDCA has been been with Hopewell Health Centers, located in the beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio for 17 years. After receiving a BS in Psychology from Denison University and a Masters of Social Work from the Ohio State University, she returned to her hometown to help fill the healthcare gap in rural Ohio and give back to the community where she grew up. Her areas of focus have evolved over the years from school based treatment, to parenting, and co-occuring disorders for both those with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. In her current role of local Clinical Director, she is able to influence various areas of mental healthcare and champion integrated care for all of those who are served through Hopewell.

Tammy Stage LPCC-S, LICDC-CS is a graduate of Ashland University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling.  She is independently licensed for Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counseling with Clinical training Supervision designation, and currently serves as the Clinic Director for Hopewell Health Centers in Athens, Ohio. In the role of Clinic Director, she also actively participates in integrated team meetings with Primary Care and Psychiatry providers. In addition, Tammy serves Hopewell Health Centers as the Director for the First-Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care program that covers seven counties in Southeast Ohio. This is a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on treatment for those experiencing early onset psychosis. Prior to coming to Hopewell, Tammy worked for an agency in Northeastern Ohio that treatment focus was domestic violence and substance use. With Trauma being the focus of every interaction with those served, Tammy gained an expertise in Trauma Informed Care.  She has experience working with individuals as well as groups, and with Emergency Department crisis intervention.  Tammy has worked in office, community, and school settings where she has focused on a systems approach to engage family and support systems.  Through her work with Hopewell Health Centers, Tammy hopes to provide a trauma Informed Approach to all interactions with staff and clients served in the clinic and local community.

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)

Lorena Morgan

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Ariel Porto, MPH

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

Mark Hurst, MD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Kristi Pennington, LISW- S, CDCA

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Kristi Pennington, LISW-S, CDCA

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Paul Schmidt Jr, RPh MS

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Tammy Stage, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Dana Vallangeon, MD

has no relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Ohio University, Buckeye Health Plan, 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).

Joint Accreditation logo

Continuing education units will also be provided to participating Certified Peer Recovery Supporters, Youth Peer Supporters, and Family Peer Supporters in compliance with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recertification requirements.

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.

 

 

Available Credit

  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 ACPE
    Through Joint Accreditation, Moses/Weitzman Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute is able to provide Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit to pharmacists at its activities.
  • 18.00 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).
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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.
  • 18.00 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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    • Entering the access code and then the Unlock button.
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Required Hardware/Software

  • This online activity requires use of a device connected to the Internet, such as a computer tablet or mobile device. 
  • The activity will take place over Zoom, which must be accessed directly from within the activity.