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Project ECHO Sunflower Health Plan

Collaborative Learning Opportunity with FREE Continuing Education:

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.

Project Echo Team, Names below

Sunflower Health Plan Project ECHO Team

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

  • Nanette Perrin, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Senior Director of LifeShare & Social Determinants of Health
  • Mohamed Radhi, MD, Medical Director, Medical Management, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Ulisa Diane Buckingham, MD, Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist, Behavioral Health
  • Deborah Rear, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Manager, Case Management
  • Kristine Meier, MSEd, BCBA, Transitions of Care Coordinator, Program Manager
  • Kelley Hotaling, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist
  • Aaron Dold, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist


Sunflower Project ECHO


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. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to all individuals who successfully complete this activity.

Successful Completion

Successful completion of this activity — includes participating in the educational offering, the evaluation process and completing the verification of attendance — enables the learner to satisfy the requirements for continuing education.

Sunflower Project ECHO: Transitions from Institutions

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

  • Broadening understanding of the need for a coordinated, collaborative effort to increase accessibility.
  • Broadening understanding of resources for lower income, poverty level, or rural populations.
  • Understanding how to access support systems and services within the state.

Please plan to attend our Project ECHO sessions on Thursdays in June 2024, from 12:00-1:00 PM CT via Zoom video conferencing.

Topics include:

  • June 6, 2024 – HCBS Final Rule Settings – LaTonia Wright, HCBS Training Specialist, KDADS
  • June 13, 2024 – Transitions from KDOC – David Fout, Mental Health & Family Services Programs Manager, KDOC & Donnie Hibler
  • June 20, 2024 – Transitions from NFMH – Dyan Dickens & Marsha Gerbitz, Olmstead Navigators, Mental Health America of South Central Kansas
  • June 27, 2024 – Informed Choice – Ruth Herman and Debbie Wilson, Informed Choice Trainers, KDADS

Dates to vary by speaker availability.

June 6, 2024 – HCBS Final Rule Settings (PDF)LaTonia Wright, HCBS Training Specialist, KDADS

Case Study (PDF)

Case Study Recommendations:

  • He will be transitioning to the BI waiver after discharge from brain injury rehab facility with the following services:
    • Personal care services
    • Rehab therapies: physical therapy, cognitive therapy and behavior therapy
    • Transitional living skills
    • Home delivered meals
  • Connect with the student accessibility services at the college to get assistance with potential accommodations needed to attend and participate in classes.
  • Connect with the local Center for Independent Living (CIL) for assistance with self-directing services, if needed, but also for connecting to other needed resources, such as transportation.
  • Will be accessing vocational rehabilitation services with a goal for education - VR assisting with some of costs for school.
  • Since he was adopted from foster care, reach out to local DCF agency to find out if there are any post-adoption resources he can access.
  • Housing options for youth exiting child welfare (PDF)
  • He does not appear to be on any medication for migraine. Verify frequency and severity of migraines and review with PCP whether a migraine therapy is needed.

June 13, 2024 – Transitions from KDOC (PDF) – David Fout, Mental Health
& Family Services Programs Manager, KDOC & Donnie Hibler

Case Study (PDF)

Case Study Recommendations (TBA)

Transitions from NFMH (PDF)Dyan Dickens & Marsha Gerbitz, Olmstead Navigators, Mental Health America of South Central Kansas

Case Study (PDF)

Case Study Recommendations (TBA)

June 27, 2024 – Informed Choice (PDF) – Ruth Herman and Debbie Wilson, Informed Choice Trainers, KDADS

Case Study (PDF)

Case Study Recommendations (TBA)

Register for the Sunflower Project ECHO: Transitions from Institutions

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.

To receive clinician continuing education credit from the University of Missouri or certificate of completion from Sunflower Health Plan, each participant must register individually.

Previous Series

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