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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

New Addition: 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

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



Community Discussion Topics & Objectives


Feb 1

Values of Person Centered Care

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW 

Feb 15

Changing the Culture of Medical Care: Becoming Person Centered

Soo Borson, MD

Mar 1

Person Centered Care Regulatory Changes

Julia Van Dyke, RN: Aging Division, Healthcare Licensing and Surveys

Mar 15

Spring Break (no network)


Mar 29

A Wyoming Example of Culture Change

St. John’s Living Center, Jackson

April 12

The Artifacts of Culture Change – A Tool to Guide Culture Change Part 1

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW 

April 26

The Artifacts of Culture Change – A Tool to Guide Culture Change Part 2

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW 

May 10

A Wyoming Story: Morning Star Care Center

Morningstar Care Center, Ft.Washakie

May 24

The Power of Language to Create Culture

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW 

June 7

Cultural Transformation:  Creating a Comprehensive Path Forward

Susan Ryan, Senior Director;

The Green House Project

June 21

Leading and Overcoming Resistance to Change

Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW 

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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Phone: (307) 766-2829

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