New Rural Veterans Behavioral Health ECHO from University of Missouri
Enroll in ECHOs for Veterans Behavioral Health, Pain and Opioid Use
A Rural Veterans Behavioral Health ECHO is enhancing a growing suite of similar educational programs at the University of Missouri. MU encourages health professionals to enroll in this new ECHO, as well as its complementary Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder programs. These popular ECHOs are supported by federal grants awarded to the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
MU’s Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses videoconferencing to connect an interdisciplinary team of specialists with primary care providers. They collaborate in case-based learning sessions to help primary care providers develop advanced skills and best practices, which in turn increases the availability and quality of patient care.
More than 170 health professionals from across the state have already participated in the Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder ECHOs. MU launched one of the first ECHO programs in the country to focus on opioid use disorder. It recommends a medication-first treatment strategy for addiction, while the Pain Management ECHO emphasizes how to avoid addiction in the first place by examining alternatives to opioids and methods for limiting their use.
The new Rural Veterans Behavioral Health ECHO, which includes experts in military culture, will meet the unique needs of veterans in rural areas by educating and supporting providers in the delivery of effective, quality behavioral health care. Like other ECHOs, it will convene via videoconferencing twice a month over the next year.
Click here to enroll and learn more. Show-Me ECHO sessions covering dermatology, hepatitis C, child psychiatry, asthma, autism, health care ethics and community health workers are also offered at showmeecho.org . Free CME for health care professionals is available.