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UW ECHO in Geriatrics

discusses “Supporting Person-Centered Care & Culture Change in Long Term Care ” in 2018


-Support a network of geriatric care practitioners
-Create hubs of geriatric expertise in Wyoming
-Provide support to providers who care for geriatric patients.
-Enhance knowledge of person-centered care and support culture change in long term care

Project ECHO is a virtual model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line healthcare providers with specialist care teams to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care.  It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice – and, in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to get care they couldn’t easily get before, if at all.

Through the UW ECHO® in Geriatrics sponsored by the Wyoming Center on Aging in partnership with Project ECHO; healthcare professionals throughout the state will have the opportunity to receive best-practice recommendations for consideration in management of older adults by presenting challenging cases for discussion and feedback to a network of colleagues as well as a specialist care team.  Each ECHO network will also feature a brief community discussion on a variety of  important topics related to person centered care and culture change in long term care. 

Culture change means fervent effort to change institutional culture. No one wants to live in an institutional setting no matter where that might be: in a hospital, assisted living, nursing home and even a home health experience could be institutional. No one wants to give up control of their life to the institution. Although this is what often naturally happens it doesn't have to. Culture change seeks to give control and decision making back to those being served, to create home, to honor a person's routines, sleeping and eating patterns, preferences and life interests. Twenty years of the national culture change movement shows that culture change is the answer every time. The better practices of culture change provide better quality of life, better quality of care, save money, make money, and result in staff retention.

Professional Education Credits are available, and PARTICIPATION IS FREE

Our Specialist Care team:

Cara Johnson, DO.  Geriatrician, Wyoming Primary Care, CRMC: Cheyenne, WY

Tonja Woods, PharmD, CGP.  Geriatric Pharmacist, UW Clinical Associate Professor:  Laramie, WY

Pamela Oiler, LCSW.  Social Worker, UW Family Medicine Residency:  Cheyenne, WY

Mary Kerber, MD.  Neurologist, Cheyenne Medical Specialists:  Cheyenne, WY

Soo Borson, MD.  Geriatric Psychiatrist, University of Washington:  Seattle, WA

Tennille Nelson, PT, DPT, GCS.  Physical Therapist, Ivinson Memorial Hospital:  Laramie, WY

Erin J. Bush, PhD, CCC-SLP.  Speech Language Pathologist, UW Assistant Professor, Neurogenic Communication Disorders:  Laramie, WY

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW.  Regulator turned Educator, Edu-Catering "Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change": Brighton, CO



 To download our UW ECHO® in Geriatrics BROCHURE (coming soon!)

Previous sessions available for viewing: Please contact WyCOA for your user name and password


Community Discussion Topics & Objectives


July 5th

Independence Day (no network)


July 19th

"St John's Living Center: Our Story, Thier Story...Bringing Culture Change to Life!"

St. John's Living Center: Jackson WY

Aug 2

Addressing Falls with Older Adults

Cara Johnson, DO

Aug 16

The Harms of Falls

Carmen Bowman, BSW, MHS

Aug 30

Falls: A Physical Therapy Perspective

Tennille Nelson, PT, DPT, GCS

Sept 13

Falls and Medications: Part of the Problem? Part of the Solution?

Tonja Woods, PharmD, BCGP

Sept 27


Oct 11


Oct 25


Nov 8


Dec 6


To join this unique community of practice, or to get more information:

 (307) 766-2829  | 


 ~ Seeking Patient Cases for Clinic ~

We welcome your presentations of patient cases for consultation at our upcoming networks!

Benefits of presenting a case: FREE case consultation from geriatric experts in their field including sharing of resources including evidence based practice strategies to assist you in your routine practice, increased geriatric knowledge and outcomes, connecting to the geriatric care community of practice by learning and sharing similar challenges, Continuing Education credits, and networking with other geriatric care professionals!

Quotes from participating spokes:

  • “I truly appreciated the excellent feedback during the session-what phenomenal resources!”

  • “Thank you. Please pass on to the team how beneficial their guidance has been. I’ve been able to utilize the info/recommendations to many of the professionals I work with. We are proceeding with their recommendations!”

  • “Thanks a million for the copy of the recommendations.”

  • “It really is for our benefit, for our residents, and what a wonderful opportunity!!”

If you would like to present a case at our network

download the Case Presentation Form, and return



Resources and powerpoint slides from previous ECHO Networks can be found on the iECHO Website with access via your iECHO ID and password provided by WyCOA. 

You can also request materials by emailing

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2829

Fax: (307) 766-2763



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