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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu






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Integrative Care: Primary Care and Mental Health

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The Integrative Care network is an online professional learning community designed to increase the knowledge and implementation of integrative care involving primary and mental health care across Wyoming.

Integrative care is the care a patient experiences as a result of a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization.

Network participants include physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors and others involved in primary care and mental health services.

UW ECHO in Integrative Care is a collaboration with the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, with funding by a generous grant from the McMurry Foundation.


Sessions

Sessions are on Tuesdays, bi-weekly, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MT via Zoom video conferencing technology.


Spring 2024 Session Topics

Register for the Spring 2024 Integrative Care Series

Continuing this spring, most ECHO sessions will be held on the new iECHO content management platform. (Geriatrics and ECHO for Families/Familias will not be on the new iECHO.) There are a few new procedures. Registering for and joining sessions now require an iECHO account. You'll be prompted to create your account when you register the first time. Sessions will still occur via Zoom, but you will access the Zoom link through the iECHO platform.

The iECHO platform will allow you to:

  • Directly connect to Zoom to join a session

  • Access all session materials (also available in the Canvas course)

  • Register once for all sessions during the semester

A short training video is available on how to register in iECHO.

Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Add Spring 2024 Series to Your Calendar

January 23: Building Support for Higher Acuity Patients in Outpatient Care

This session will focus on how Charlie Health, an online Intensive Outpatient Program, utilizes evidence-based practices to provide small-group intensive care for Wyoming patients who are higher acuity. They will also share strategies for Wyoming providers supporting higher acuity patients in outpatient care. Charlie Health’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) combines supported groups, family therapy, and individual therapy into a series of personalized sessions multiple times per week.

Presenter: Emily Knight, Regional Director, Pacific Northwest, Charlie Health 

 

February 6: A Look at Behavioral Health Integration through the Collaborative Care Management Model

As stated by CMS in the March 2021 MedLearn, “Integrating behavioral health care with primary care (behavioral health integration or BHI) is now widely considered an effective strategy for improving outcomes for millions of Americans with mental or behavioral health conditions.”  Collaborative Care Management (CoCM) is a care delivery model that can enhance care for patients enrolled in  Behavioral Health Integration.  With the limited number of psychiatric medical providers, utilizing CoCM to obtain recommendations for these patients is an excellent solution.  Join us to learn how a Wyoming Rural Health Clinic is utilizing their BHI care management program to include CoCM by partnering with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to conduct weekly case reviews.  Hear from the NP and the RN care coordinator as they highlight the process and share how this model has positively impacted the patients.  Additionally, there will be an overview of how such a program is sustainable under the reimbursement models of Medicare and Wyoming Medicaid. 

Presenter: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Care Coordination & Lean Consulting, HealthTech, Briane Olson, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, The Art of Telepsychiatry, PLLC, and Kelli Cotton, MSN, RN, Chronic Care Management Specialist, Wellness Nurse, LLC

 

February 20: Resources and Strategies to Support Professionals Using Substances

This session will focus on strategies to support Wyoming professionals struggling with substance use and mental health issues. The Wyoming Professional Assistance Program (WPAP) will discuss how they provide support with confidential assistance including evaluations, intervention guidance, life coaching, treatment provider referrals, and a comprehensive monitoring program. Resources and strategies will be presented to support Wyoming professionals in their personal and professional recovery

Presenters: Candice Cochran, MSPR, Executive Director, Wyoming Professional Assistance Program and John Ordiway, MS, LPC, LAT, Clinical Director, Wyoming Professional Assistance Program

 

March 5: Nicotine Use Disorder: Exploring Vaping Technology and Cessation Strategies 

This ECHO presentation will include exploring nicotine use disorder in the form of cigarettes and vaping/e-cigarettes. We will review population data and outcomes, terminology surrounding vape pens, new data about the outcomes from vaping, and strategies for assessing nicotine addiction and treatment of nicotine addiction. We will finish with ways to prevent nicotine addiction, educate youth, educate the general public, and resources for quitting nicotine use. 

Presenter: Dr. Keenan Kuckler, MD, Third-Year Resident, University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency-Casper (Presenter Bio)

 

March 19: Hemp Derived Intoxicants

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill allowing the production of hemp products created a controversial loophole in the law which seemingly permitted businesses to sell consumable, intoxicating hemp products.  As a result, the sale and recreational use of these hemp derived intoxicants increased dramatically in 2020 and continues to remain steady. Many Wyoming communities have seen the recent opening of stores and existing stores selling these products locally. While Delta-8 THC is the most common hemp derived intoxicant product, may other products exist producing intoxicating effects in consumers similar to legalized cannabis and other illicit drugs. This presentation will cover the multitude of hemp derived intoxicants currently available on the market, the psychoactive effects of these products, and the public health and safety concerns regarding these products due to a lack of federal and state regulation.

Presenter: Ashley Schluck, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) for the State of Wyoming (Presenter Bio)

April 2: Oral Health and Substance Use 

This session will focus on addressing the impact of substance use on oral health and strategies for primary care and behavioral health providers to support oral health for their patients. Topics will include how to do a quick oral health assessment, strategies for discussing oral health needs, and ways to reduce stigma and bias relating to oral health and substance use.

Presenters: Dr. Daniel Brody, DMD, Dental Provider, Valley Health, West Virginia; Dr. Scott Wolpin, DMD, Chief Dental Officer, Eastern Shore Rural Health System Inc., Virginia (Presenter Bio)

April 16: Stimulant Use Disorders

This session will focus on strategies to address stimulant use disorders. Recent data, trends, and research regarding stimulant use will be discussed along with screening tools, assessments, and treatment options for stimulant use disorder.

Presenter: Dr. Del Real, MD, University of Wyoming-Casper, Family Medicine Residency Program, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Specialty

April 30: Effective Use of Case Management for Substance Use

Session description will be announced soon.

Presenter: Pam Olier, MSW LCSW, Social Work Faculty, University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program

 

May 14

Session description and presenter will be announced soon.

 

May 28: Ketamine Treatment

Session description will be announced soon.

Presenter: Tracy Richard, APRN, CRNA, Owner and Provider at Wyoming Wellness Center

 


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Contact Us

UW Project ECHO

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu






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