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Veteran Community Care Collaborative ECHO

Program Goal

Utilizing the Project ECHO model to establish a collaboration with VA community care partners to optimize the care for veterans in all settings.

About the VCCC ECHO

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., serving approximately nine million veterans each year. In response to concerns about timely access to care for veterans, Congress passed the VA MISSION Act of 2018. This legislation streamlined the Veterans Community Care Program which gives veterans greater access to non-VHA providers in the community. With an increasing number of community providers joining this program, we seek to provide clinicians with education, support and resources on military culture and the unique considerations of providing care for the veteran population.

Who Should Attend?

  • Primary Care Providers
  • Specialist Providers
  • Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about best practices for veteran healthcare

Meet Our Team

  • Amanda Cattelino, MD
  • Carlos Duarte, MD MPH
  • Pete Fredricks, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
  • Cara Garcia, LCSW
  • Teresa Imholte, Psy.D. 
  • Isabel M. Kozak, DNP, ANP-C
  • Janet West, MPAS, DBH, PA-C
  • Penny Miller, LCSW

Program Schedule

DateTopicSession Lead(s)
June 11, 2021Program Introduction/VA overviewCarlos Duarte, MD MPH
June 18, 2021Suicide PreventionTeresa Imholte, Psy.D.
June 25, 2021Disruption/behavioral issues/mitigation and de-escalation, accessing services for community and rural providersAdriana Weyer, Ph.D.
July 9, 2021Military CulturePete Fredricks, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
July 16, 2021PTSD, didactic/overviewKerri Salamanca, PhD
July 23, 2021PTSD, diagnosis/comorbiditiesDavid Leicken, MD
July 30, 2021PTSD, treatment/referrals/obtain feedback from the participants for topics of interestElizabeth Munshi, MD
August 6, 2021Whole Health 1Karen White
Bruno Subbarao, DO
August 13, 2021Whole Health 2Karen White
Bruno Subbarao, DO
August 20, 2021Screening for Homeless and those at risk, and treatment considerationsPenny Miller, LCSW
August 27, 2021Long-term care and hospitalizations, VA Community Care benefitsIsabel M. Kozak, DNP, ANP-C
September 3, 2021TBI, didactic/overviewJanet West, MPAS, DBH, PA-C
September 10, 2021TBI, diagnosis and comorbiditiesJanet West, MPAS, DBH, PA-C
September 17, 2021TBI, treatment and referralsJanet West, MPAS, DBH, PA-C
September 24, 2021Agent OrangeJanet West, MPAS, DBH, PA-C
October 1, 2021Transitioning from Active Duty/Service connection and VA careCara Garcia, LCSW
October 8, 2021To be determined based on participant feedbackTBD
October 15, 2021Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Didactic/OverviewTeresa Imholte, Psy.D.
October 22, 2021MST, diagnosis and comorbiditiesTeresa Imholte, Psy.D.
October 29, 2021MST, treatment and referralsTeresa Imholte, Psy.D.
November 5, 2021To be determined based on participant feedbackTBD

Additional curriculum will be developed as we go and based off of provider and participant feedback/needs.

Community Partners:
Phoenix VA Healthcare System

Veteran Community Care Collaborative ECHO Contact:
Adrienne White; Director - ASU ECHO

Technical Support:
Melina Cox-Ferreras

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