Weitzman ECHO COVID-19

Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 combines specific didactic, case-based learning and COVID-19 experiences and expertise in primary care to front line Safety Net healthcare providers across the country during this pandemic.

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Highlighting the Community in Community Health: Community Engagement Opportunities During COVID-19

Session Date: October 14, 2020 

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Yvette Highsmith-Francis, MM; Vice President, Eastern Region; Community Health Center, Inc. 

Amy TaylorVice President, Western Region; Community Health Center, Inc. 

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Data Driven Telehealth: Understanding the Impact & Measuring Satisfaction

Session Date: October 7, 2020 | 12-1PM ET / 9-10AM PT

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Meredith Johnson, MBA, MHA; Chief of Staff, Community Health Center

Tierney Giannotti, MPA; Senior Program Manager, Population Health, Community Health Center

Doreen Colella, RN, MSN; Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

George Shahin, MD, MBA; Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Preparing for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Session Date: September 30, 2020 | 12-1PM ET / 9-10AM PT

Video | Slides 

Our faculty panel included:

Jennie McLaurin, MD, MPH; Board-Certified Pediatrician, NACHC Consultant
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.
Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant, MidState Medical Center
Rajiv Modak, MD; Pediatrician; El Rio Health
Ocie Wilson, PharmD; Associate Pharmacy Director, El Rio Health

 This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

National Conversation on Dental Care: Reflections & Looking Forward

Session Date: September 23, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Irene V. Hilton, DDS, MPH; Dental Consultant, National Network of Oral Health Access

Margaret Mason, DMD; Vice President of Dental Medicine, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH; Chief Dental Officer, Community Health Center

Brianna Hillier, DMD; Director of Dental Services, Chiricahua Community Health Centers

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Illustrations of Telehealth Innovations

Session Date: September 16, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Doug SmithExecutive Vice President; Presbyterian Medical Services

Jeffrey McInnesDirector of Billing and Patient Access; Esperanza Health Centers

Sydney KennedyAssistant Director of Telehealth; Community Health Center, Inc.

Kate Gager, Patient Experience Supervisor; Community Health Center, Inc.

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

Telehealth and Patient Engagement Strategies; The Operations Team Perspective

Session Date: September 9, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Victoria Besse, Sr. Operations Project Manager; Community Health Center, Inc.

Kate Gager, Patient Experience Supervisor; Community Health Center, Inc.

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

The Pain of COVID-19: Treatment of Chronic Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Session Date: September 2, 2020

Slides | Video 

Our faculty panel included

Bennet Davis, MD; Pain Program Director, Sierra Tucson

Amy Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy; Clinical Pharmacist, El Rio Health

Kathy Davis, RN, BSN, ANP-C; Nurse Practitioner, El Rio Health Pain Program

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

Flu Considerations During COVID-19

Session Date: August 26, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included

Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, Community Health Center, Inc.

Natalie Bycenski, RN, MSN; Nurse Manager, Chair of the Infection Control Committee, Community Health Center, Inc.

Lucy Golding, RN, MSN; Nurse Manager,  Chair of the Flu Subcommittee of the Infection Control Committee, Community Health Center, Inc

Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant

 

Sustaining Health Professions Training Through COVID-19

Session Date: August 19, 2020

Slides|Video

Our faculty panel included

Dr. Mary Blankson, Chief Nursing Officer
Charise Corsino, Program Director, Nurse Practitioner Residency Programs
Jaclyn Cunningham, Inter-professional Student Coordinator, Human Resources
Dr. Dariush Fathi, Post Doctoral Residency Group and Telehealth Coordinator

This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS29049 entitled “Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)” for grant amount $2,045,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental funds. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government

A Journey Towards Resiliency: Resources for Now, Later, & Long-Term from NYC Health + Hospitals

Session Date: August 12, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:
Jeremy Segall, MA, RDT, LCAT; Sr. Director, Chief Wellness Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Eric Wei, MD, MBA; Sr. Vice President, Chief Quality Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Connecting Vulnerable Populations with Resources to Support Self-Isolation: Innovations and Lessons Learned from IsoCare

Session Date: August 5, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:

Panna Lossy, MD; Family Medicine Physician, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency; Co-founder, IsoCare
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD; Pediatric Medical Director, Santa Rosa Community Health Center; Co-founder, IsoCare
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Challenges in Addressing the Evolving Opioid Crisis During COVID-19

Session Date: July 29, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session include:

Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH, AAHIVS
Dan Bryant, LPC, CCTP
Traci Norman, Program Director
Briana Reaves, MAT Care Coordinator
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Presentations of COVID-19 in Specialty Care

Session Date: July 22, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included
Stephen Scholand, MD; Infectious Disease Consultant
Steven Fein, MD; Board-Certified Hematology Specialist
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, CHC, Inc.
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Connecting Vulnerable Populations with Resources to Support Self-Isolation: Innovations and Lessons Learned from IsoCare

Session Date: August 5, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session include:
Panna Lossy, MD; Family Medicine Physician, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency; Co-founder, IsoCare
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD;
Pediatric Medical Director, Santa Rosa Community Health Center; Co-founder, IsoCare

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 in Primary Care: Behavioral Health Cases and Discussions

Session Date: July 8, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Tim Kearney, PhD; Chief Behavioral Health Officer, CHC, Inc.
Jessica Welt, PsyD; CEO/Clinical Director, Child Guidance Center of Southern CT
Shari Fanelli, MS, LPC, ATR; Intake Director, Child Guidance of Southern CT

Behavioral health clinicians from Community Health Center, Inc. and the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut talked through the impact of COVID-19 on their patients. Cases were presented and guidance on how to best approach issues including grief and anxiety were shared. This session was moderated by Karen Ashley, EdD; Director of Education, Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Innovations in Contact Tracing from California: Health Coaching and Communicating Effectively About Covid-19

Session Date: July 15, 2020

Slides | Video  

Our faculty panel included
Stephen Scholand, MD – Infectious Disease Consultant 
Rachel Willard-Grace, MPH; Director, Center for Excellence in Primary Care
Solange Madriz, MA, MS; Academic Coordinator, Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF
Daren Anderson, MD; Director of the Weitzman Institute, and moderator for the session 

We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Population Health and Quality of Care in the Era of COVID

Session Date: June 17, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Tierney Giannotti, MPA, Senior Program Manager, Population Health, CHC, Inc.

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Weitzman ECHO COVID-19: Clinical Updates & Addressing Frequent Questions

Session Date: June 24, 2020

SlidesVideo  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Dr. Stephen Scholand, MD – Infectious Disease Consultant

This session was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful for our partnership with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Adapting Patient Care for Rural Populations During COVID-19

Session Date: June 3, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Dr. Sarah Chouinard, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Community Care of West Virginia 
Dr. Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.  

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 in Primary Care: Cases and Discussions from the Front Lines

Session Date: June 10, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Ho-Choong Chang, MD, FAAP; Chief of Pediatrics, CHC, Inc.  
Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH; Medical Director, Center for Key Populations, CHC, Inc.
Dan Wilensky, MD; Medical Director, ConferMED, CHC, Inc. 

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Treating Elderly Patients in the COVID-19 Era – Innovations from West PACE

Session Date: May 27, 2020

Slides | Video  

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Ross Colt, MD, MBA, FAAFP; Medical Director, West PACE
Michael Kurliand, MS, BSN, RN; Director of Telehealth & Process Improvement, West Health Institute

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are also grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Promoting Risk Reduction of COVID-19 in Your Patients

Session Date: May 20, 2020

Slides | Video

Faculty presenters for this session included:
Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C; Chief Nursing Officer, CHC, Inc.
Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Chief Medical Officer, CHC, Inc.
Marwan Haddad MD, MPH, AAHIVS; Medical Director, Center for Key Populations, CHC, Inc.

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Lessons Learned and Clinical Best Practices on COVID-19

Session Date: May 13, 2020

Slides | Video

In this week’s Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session, we virtually hosted two of NYC Health & Hospital Infectious disease specialists as they share their experiences battling this illness on the front lines.

  • Emma Kaplan-Lewis, Clinical Quality Director HIV Services at NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Joseph Masci, Chairman of the Department of Global Health at Elmhurst Hospital Center

Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD Infectious Disease Specialist who practices at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., and session moderator was Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to partner with Project HOPE. Through their support, we are able to educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Designing a Framework for Reopening Your Clinic Site

Session Date: May 6, 2020

Slides | Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included discussion regarding key questions your leadership should be thinking of in designing your own framework and why (CDC, pt safety, drivers), such as:  Which types of visits will be allowed on-site; Plans for Well-child Visits/Immunization catch-up; Critical patients groups we want to prioritize for visits. Our faculty panel will include Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP Chief Medical Officer at CHC, Inc.; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute at CHC, Inc. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

Team-Based Care in Telehealth

Session Date: April 29, 2020

Slides | Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session focused on the changes within the team-based care model and how organizations can pivot in response to the pandemic. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc., Tim Kearney, Ph.D. Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Sheela Tummala,DDS,MPH Chief Dental Officer and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic.

COVID-19 with Special Guests Dr. Saad Omer and Dr. Kenyon

Session Date: April 22, 2020

Slides Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured Project HOPE’s Chief Health Officer; Dr. Tom Kenyon as we announce our new partnership. We are grateful to Project HOPE for their support in helping us educate providers, keep patients healthy and safe, and help battle the pandemic. This week’s session also featured special guest, Dr. Saad Omer, Director of Yale Institute for Global Health. Dr. Omer is a vaccinologist and infectious disease epidemiologist and has conducted several studies on interventions to increase immunization coverage and acceptance. Our faculty panel also included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc. and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

Crisis Counseling & Self-Care

Session Date: April 15, 2020 

Slides Video  

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured operational, clinical and behavioral health experts sharing best practices and guidance for audiences across the country in the areas of crisis counseling and self-care information for patients and for healthcare providers. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN Chief Nursing Officer at CHC, Inc.; Dr. Jessica Welt, CEO and Clinical Director of the Child Guidance Center of CT, Tim Kearney, Ph.D. Chief Behavioral Health Officer and President of Behavioral Health at CHC, Inc.; and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

COVID-19 Cases & Questions Across the Country

Session Date: April 8, 2020

Slides | Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured operational and clinical experts sharing best practices and guidance for audiences across the country. We recognize that many of the cases and questions we are responding to are a valuable resource for our national audience. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN; Matthew Huddleston, MD; and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. Content provided included a national COVID-19 healthcare update and focused mainly on answering many of COVID-19 cases and questions submitted prior to and during the session. We will continue to use this tool to share critical updates and guidance during this pandemic.

Caring for Key Populations in the Midst of COVID-19

Session Date: April 1, 2020

Slides | Video

Caring for our key populations is so important and now more than ever. This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included expert faculty Steven Scholand, MD; Marwan Haddad, MD, MPH, AAHIVS Medical Director, The Center for Key Populations at CHC, Inc.; Kasey Harding, MPH Director of The Center for Key Populations at CHC, Inc. and Dan Bryant, LPC, CCTP Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services at CHC, Inc. and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute. The session featured didactic and Q&A regarding key populations experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV, and those struggling with substance use disorder.

Develop & Define Your Telehealth Strategy

Session Date: March 25, 2020

Slides | Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session featured health center COVID-19 best practices specifically focusing on how to develop and define telehealth strategies. Our faculty panel included Steven Scholand, MD; Veena Channamsetty, MD, FAAFP; Mary Blankson, DNP, APRN; Tim Kearney, PhD and was moderated by Daren Anderson, MD – Director of the Weitzman Institute.

Managing the Workflow Under Constant Changes

Session Date: March 18, 2020

Slides | Video

This Weitzman ECHO COVID-19 session included information about workflow, triage, clinical updates and content presented by our experts and partners. Clinical care providers and clinical operations leaders from FQHCs across the country shared best practices and answered live questions submitted throughout the session.

Complex Integrated Pediatrics: COVID-19

Session Date: March 11, 2020

Slides Video

We held a special session of Weitzman ECHO: Complex Integrated Pediatrics focused on COVID-19. This session provided a brief overview of COVID-19, a review of best practices for talking with children about the virus, behavioral health self-care for clinicians, and more.

Weitzman ECHO Assisting Health Centers through the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 4, 2020

Slides Ι Video

On Wednesday, March 4, the Weitzman Institute led a special Project ECHO session for clinicians addressing COVID-19.