Complex Integrated Pediatrics

The ECHO series began on Wednesday, October 27th but

Registration Remains Open

Occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 12-1 PM ET / 9-10 AM PT


Weitzman Institute’s second ECHO program being offered as part of the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program, Advanced Primary Care, is now open for registration and launched February 3. If you or a colleague of yours treat adults, learn more and register here!

What is Weitzman ECHO Complex Integrated Pediatrics?

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. 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 the first program being offered as part of the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) in order to improve rural health outcomes.

CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided 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

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • 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.

FAQ

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 seeing pediatric and/or adolescent patients, as well as their care team members, are welcome to join.

When do sessions occur?

Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 12PM to 1PM ET, after a special kickoff session on September 15th at the same time.

What Level of participation is expected?

Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO is a one-year, 20-session engagement. 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 highly encouraged to become a TTELP Rural Partner and asked to complete a Memorandum of Understanding, which will be sent by 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 Lynsey Grzejszczak, Education Specialist, at [email protected]

Meet The Expert Faculty

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 is 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.

Dierdre 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.

 

For more information, contact: Lynsey Grzejszczak at [email protected].

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.