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Maryland Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP) is launching a web-based learning collaborative called BHIPP TeleECHO™ Clinics. The program is built on the “hub and spokes” design known as the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model.
TeleECHO™ Clinics connect BHIPP consultants with community PCPs to provide didactic presentations and case-based learning through real-time online learning sessions. Participants join teleECHO clinics from their own desktop or mobile devices using free videoconferencing software. The goal of BHIPP TeleECHO™ Clinics is to improve providers’ knowledge of mental health screening, evaluation, and in-office interventions, with an emphasis on both behavioral and pharmacological treatments.
Each session will include:
• A 15-20 minute didactic lecture on a specific behavioral health topic relevant to primary care– selected to reflect the updated core mental health competencies for pediatric practice put forth by the American Academy Pediatrics (see PDF flyer for a complete list of topics).
• Case-based learning in which participating providers present de-identified cases (submitted in advance) for discussion with peers and a multi-disciplinary team of behavioral health experts.
• CME credit is offered at no cost to participating providers. Other healthcare professionals in primary care settings (e.g., nurses, social workers) can submit this credit to their respective boards.
Pediatric primary care providers (e.g., pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, social workers) and other members of the office staff are welcome and highly encouraged to participate.
For questions or to register, please call the BHIPP line at 855-MD-BHIPP (632-4477) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project ECHO was launched in 2003 as a healthcare initiative before expanding into other domains. It grew out of one doctor’s vision. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, was frustrated that he could serve only a fraction of the hepatitis C patients in the state. He wanted to serve as many patients with hepatitis C as possible, so he created a free, educational model and mentored community providers across New Mexico in how to treat the condition.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that hepatitis C care provided by Project ECHO trained community providers was as good as care provided by specialists at a university.
The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead telementoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.
Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real-time collaborative sessions. The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services. Providers gain skills and confidence; specialists learn new approaches for applying their knowledge across diverse cultural and geographical contexts. As the capacity of the local workforce increases, lives improve.
BHIPP is supported by funding from the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration and operates as a collaboration between the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Salisbury University and Morgan State University.
BHIPP TeleECHO and direct telemental health are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of award U4CMC32913-01-00. The contents of this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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