Project ECHO® Eating Disorders

Connecting Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers to Eliminate
Eating Disorders

 

Build knowledge in your practice on the care of individuals with eating disorders and their families through the world’s first Project ECHO® tele-education hub.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) provides primary care and behavioral health care providers with knowledge and multidisciplinary consultation services through the Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED) at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

OUR AIM

There is an urgent need to support primary care and behavioral health practitioners to work together in quickly identifying eating disorders, providing quality specialty care, facilitating referrals, and improving the overall health of New York residents.

Project ECHO® Eating Disorders utilizes simple, web-based videoconferencing technologies to eliminate geographic barriers, reduce disparities in health care delivery, and promote integrated, coordinated and continuous care for patients with eating disorders and their families.

WHY PROJECT ECHO® EATING DISORDERS?

Learn best practices from an expert team comprised of WNYCCCED multidisciplinary practitioners, a care manager, parent peer mentor and a person in recovery, through:

    • case-based discussions
    • short didactic presentations
    • training on identifying and managing eating disorders
    • training on interprofessional skills required to effectively participate on multidisciplinary eating disorder teams

These case-based educational experiences are delivered through TeleECHO® clinics in which community clinicians develop “knowledge networks.” The clinics are held twice monthly for 90-minute sessions.

Free Continuing Medical Education (CME/ CE) credits will be available for each hour of participation for up to 1.5 hours per clinic attended.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

Primary care and behavioral health clinicians, including college health providers with an interest in eating disorders, are welcome to join.

These include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, care managers, social workers, administrators, etc. Students are also welcome to join.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?
    • Access to a Broadband internet connection
    • Access to a Webcam /microphone supported device
    • Time availability (90 minutes, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
    • Completion of periodic surveys evaluating practice style, knowledge, and self-efficacy
    • Willingness to present at least one case during the year
HOW TO JOIN OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY

To enroll in our TeleECHO® clinics, please email Rita Pelusio, WNYCCCED and ECHO® Eating Disorders Senior Program Manager, at wnyccced@urmc.rochester.edu or call 585-275-2936.

 
ADMINISTRATORS

Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED
Director of WNYCCCEED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Richard Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED
Medical Director of WNYCCCED and ECHO ® EATING DISORDERS

Taylor Starr, DO, FAAP
Associate Medical Director of WNYCCCED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Jim Witmer, LCSW
Senior Program Manager, WNYCCCED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Aaron Pollard
Technical Director, ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

GUEST TEAM MEMBERS

Jennifer Dry De Santo, WNYCCCED Care Manager
Michelle Morales WNYCCCED Parent Peer Mentor
Andrea Talarczyk, WNYCCCED Young Adult Peer Mentor
Marie Bieber, BA, RD, Dietitian, The Healing Connection Inc.
Ann Griepp, MD, Psychiatrist, Excellus BC BS
Kim Erway, MD, Psychiatrist, Excellus BC BS