Advanced Primary Care
Advanced Primary Care ECHO
In collaboration with:
Next SUD Module Starts: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Registration is Now Open
Occurs every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 3-4pm ET/ 12-1pm PT
What is Weitzman ECHO Advanced Primary Care?
Weitzman ECHO Advanced Primary Care is a no-cost ECHO series that connects primary care medical and behavioral health providers nationally with a multidisciplinary team of experts, using twice-monthly videoconferencing sessions to explore key topics of need to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes for underserved patients. During each session faculty present brief didactic presentations on relevant topics and then provider actionable recommendations to challenging cases presented by participants.
Advanced Primary Care ECHO is expertly designed to engage participants in a dynamic and interactive learning community while emphasizing collaboration between medical and behavioral health providers to reduce variations in care. Participants will develop and grow their clinical competencies and confidence with complex patient cases. The first year curriculum will include two 8-session modules on adult psychiatry and substance use disorders. The upcoming substance use disorder (SUD) module covers high-demand topics such as Polysubstance Use, Trauma-Informed Care, Medication Treatment and Medical Complications of Substance Use, and Transitions & Coordination of Care.
Weitzman Institute is pleased to announce that this ECHO is being offered as part of the HRSA Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) in order to improve rural health outcomes.
Registration for Weitzman Institute’s other ECHO program being offered as part of TTELP, Complex Integrated Pediatrics, remains open and occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. If you or a colleague of yours also treat adolescents or children, learn more and register Here!
CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided for all sessions for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and clinical social workers, among others, by Community Health Center, Inc., an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Program Objectives for Substance Use Disorder Module
Related to patients experiencing substance use disorders in a primary care setting, by the end of the second 8-session module, participants will be able to:
- Distinguish and address factors related to social determinants of health faced by specific populations.
- Demonstrate a trauma-informed lens in treatment.
- Illustrate best practices in screening, assessing, and determining appropriate levels of care.
- Describe and manage common co-occurring conditions and polysubstance use more effectively.
- Use motivational interviewing and other behavioral techniques to improve patient outcomes.
- Better differentiate and implement medication management strategies.
Advanced Primary Care ECHO: SUD Module Curriculum
How much does it cost to participate?
Enrollment is now open at no cost for the next curriculum year.
Who should participate?
Any medical and behavioral health providers, as well as other clinical care team members such as nurses, are welcome to join.
When do sessions occur?
This Project ECHO will occur twice monthly for one hour. Our kickoff session for the SUD module will occur on June 2, 2022, and sessions will occur every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 3-4pm ET/12-1pm PT.
What level of participation is expected?
Advanced Primary Care ECHO is two-modules with 8 sessions in each module. 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
- Participants from a rural setting will be encouraged to become a TTELP Rural Partner and asked to complete a Memorandum of Understanding, which will be sent by the Weitzman Institute within two months of the beginning of the program
How do I join the live sessions? Do I need any special equipment?
Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection, phone (audio only), and smartphone.
How do I sign up?
Register Now! After you complete the registration form, 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 [email protected].
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Raghuram B. Bhat 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.
Alfonso Apu is the Chief Behavioral Health Officer 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 Alfonso was hired by CMC in 2008 he was the only Licensed Clinical Social Worker they had on staff. Since becoming director of behavioral health in 2014, CMC’s Department of Behavioral Health has grown tremendously and he now manages a staff of 75 who include licensed clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologist, community health workers, case managers, and substance use disorder addiction specialists. Alfonso 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 26 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 housing, food, insurance, and other basic needs. As part of a team he was instrumental in developing CMC’s Recovery Center- a treatment center for patients suffering from substance use disorders which includes a sobering center and a respite center. Alfonso received his Master of Social Work in 2002 from San Jose State University and has been working in the social work field for over 30 years.
Dr. Melanie Lin 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.
Dr. Joel Ramirez is Chief Medical Officer for Camarena Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Central California. He completed his medical education at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and achieved board certification in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine after training in these fields at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez also completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business. Having been raised in the San Joaquin Valley, he is pleased to be back working for underserved populations, and helping to develop Camarena Health as a teaching health center.
Dr. Dan Wilensky 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.
Dr. Matthew Huddleston 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.
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.
For more information, contact:
Anthony DiMartino, Weitzman Education Specialist