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Project ECHO Sunflower Health Plan

Collaborative Learning Opportunity with FREE CEUs:

About Project ECHO

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a self-paced lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.

Project ECHO creates a bridge to allow collaboration and knowledge sharing. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing, such as Zoom, to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.

The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead tele-mentoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.

Project ECHO is not just a learning and mentoring network; it is also a professional community. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, provide input and guidance to one another, and engage actively in discussions, both during and after a session.

For more information please visit the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center.

Four principles comprise the Project ECHO model. The combination of these principles results in a unique and successful approach for improving clinician satisfaction, enhancing clinician knowledge and self-efficacy, and improving patient satisfaction and outcomes:

  1. Amplification: Use technology to leverage the expertise of a multidisciplinary team.
  2. Best Practices: Share best practices to reduce disparities and standardize care.
  3. Case-Based Learning: Leverage case-based learning and guided practice to master complex cases.
  4. Database: Apply web-based tools to monitor outcomes.

What is a hub?

A regional center where a team of subject matter experts for an ECHO program is located, replicates the ECHO Model™ and runs their own ECHO program. Sunflower Health Plan is a Project ECHO hub.

What is a Case Study?

Project ECHO is a case-based learning option for care providers. A case is an overview of an individual’s medical history and overall health.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participation is free. You generally only need to have standard internet connections and a computer.

Is continuing education available?

Case by case basis depending on the program. This information will be listed for each ECHO series.

How is patient or member information protected?

All the patient/member information presented in a session are de-identified and reviewed before the session. A HIPAA announcement is given prior to the start of each session to remind both specialists and clinicians about the importance of preserving patient confidentiality.

Who should participate?

Individual clinicians of all levels are welcome and highly encouraged to participate in sessions, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, community health workers and pharmacists. Team participation is encouraged, as team-based care is the ideal model for enabling higher-level care delivery and task shifting.

Sunflower Health Plan Project ECHO Team

Mohamed Radhi, MD; Nan Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA; Kristine Meier

  • Chair - Dr. Nan Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
  • Co-Chair - Dr. Mohamed Radhi, MD
  • Facilitator - Kristine Meier, M.S. Ed
  • Project Manager - Erin Pettera


Sunflower Project ECHO

Continuing Education Credits Offered

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6. Up to 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to all individuals who attend the entire session and complete the evaluation.

Sunflower Project ECHO: Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)

We invite you to attend this series, which will focus on:

  • Broadening the Understanding of Social Determinants of Health
  • Understanding How Where We Live, Work & Play Affects Our Health
  • Understanding How to Access Supports within the State

Please plan to attend our Project ECHO sessions Thursdays in April from noon to 1:00 PM via Zoom video conferencing.

Case Study Recommendations:

  • Connect the individual with a Center for Independent Living in the area
    • Skills training
    • FMS services
  • Involvement in telehealth or peer support services for substance abuse
    • Addiction treatment center
  • Harm reduction-based counseling – COPD, smoking, substance abuse
  • Occupational therapy services for organizational skills and helping with anxiety

Case Study Recommendations:

  • Follow up with member on working with a mental health provider to address depression
    • Work with case management to monitor depression
  • Get Diabetes under control
    • Follow up on receiving a glucometer
      • Train member on proper use and tracking the results
  • Request home health to check on the newborn in the home as well as the other children
    • Was the father abusive to the other children as he was with the member?
    • Do the other children require case management because of the recent changes to the family dynamics?
    • Work with Parents as Teachers
  • Assist member with additional legal assistance for establishing a custody agreement with the father and getting child support from the father.
  • Does the father know the details of the job the member has lined up following her maternity release?
    • Who will be caring for the 3 children while the member is working?
    • What kind of work does the member have lined up?
  • The member should work with or establish a primary care provider for future and regular follow up.
  • Ensure the member knows that birth control is a covered service.

Case Study Recommendations

  • Suggest peer support for member
  • Central KS Foundation telehealth
  • Review medications and their side effects – Restoril & Neurontin have been known to cause drowsiness which could contribute to the members sleep patterns.
  • Occupational therapy for Activities of Daily Living (ADL) – activities related to personal care including bathing, dressing, getting in/out of bed or a chair, walking, toileting & eating or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS) – activities related to independent living including preparing meals, managing money, shopping for groceries or personal items, performing light or heavy housework.
  • Independent Living support for Diabetes education
  • Follow up with the Community Mental Health Centers on housing opportunities
  • Inquire about skills training for possible employment, vocational rehab – may give the member purpose and motivation
  • Offer GED support

Case Study Recommendations

  • Continue to work with the community mental health center to get the member re-engaged with their treatment plan.
  • Recommend the court appointed attorney request court ordered treatment.
  • Follow up on the behavioral health referral for case management and resources.
  • Determine if the community has mental health court that may be able to initiate court ordered treatment.

Register for the Sunflower Project ECHO: Social Determinants of Health

Note: After registering you will be given the opportunity to save the series to your calendar of choice. You will also receive an invite via email. Please do not forward your invite as it is specific to each person. Each participant must register individually.

Previous Series

Presentations and recommendations for previous Project ECHO sessions can be found on the Project ECHO archive page.