School-Based Project ECHO® Eating Disorders

Supporting professionals who work with K-12 students and families to provide comprehensive eating disorder prevention and early intervention services

 

Current research shows that almost 50% of teenage girls and 25% of teenage boys experience body dissatisfaction and that 50% of teenage girls and 30% of teenage boys use unhealthy behaviors to control their weight, including skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives. Without appropriate intervention, timely identification and treatment, these behaviors can lead to a clinically significant eating disorder, a potentially life-threatening situation.
Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Eating Disorders provides K – 12 school personnel with knowledge and multidisciplinary consultation services through the Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED) at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

OUR AIM

To create a learning community of school personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent eating disorders and effectively intervene and care for at-risk or ill students and their families, through tele-mentoring and tele-education clinics.

WHY SCHOOL-BASED PROJECT ECHO® EATING DISORDERS?

Participants learn best practices from an expert team at the University of Rochester Medical Center, comprised of WNYCCCED multidisciplinary practitioners, a care manager, parent peer mentor and a person in recovery, through:

    • case-based discussions
    • short didactic presentations
    • training on identifying and managing eating disorders
    • training on the inter-professional skills required to effectively participate across disciplines to care for students and families

Free Continuing Education Units are available for social workers.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

Any staff person in the school setting who has concerns about a student’s unhealthy weight-control  behaviors, eating patterns and/or perceived negative body image  is welcome to participate in Project ECHO® clinics. These may include school administrators, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, teachers, coaches, athletic trainers, and others.

WHAT DOES A PROJECT ECHO® CLINIC LOOK LIKE?

Participants log into the clinic on their computer or tablet (or phone in) and see the Project ECHO® multidisciplinary team seated around a table at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Each monthly 60 to 90-minute clinic session includes the presentation of a de-identified case example of a student at risk for or experiencing an eating disorder (e.g., presenting with disordered eating, unhealthy weight-control behaviors, and/or negative body image).

Cases may be presented by Project ECHO® staff or by participants (i.e., the Learning Community). Participants then have an opportunity to ask questions and offer observations and recommendations to the presenter. The team forwards written recommendations to the presenter after the session.

Following the case discussion, there is a brief didactic presentation from the team on a selected topic. Examples of topics include: eating disorder signs and symptoms, how to speak with students and families about a suspected eating disorder, supervising meals in school, monitoring athletes for unhealthy weight control behaviors, etc.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?

Project ECHO® Eating Disorders utilizes simple, web-based Zoom videoconferencing technology to eliminate geographic barriers, reduce disparities in health care delivery, and promote integrated, coordinated and continuous care for students with eating disorders and their families.

Participants will need:

    • Access to a Broadband internet connection
    • Access to a Webcam /microphone supported device (computer, laptop, tablet, etc.)
    • Time availability (60 to 90 minutes each month)
    • Completion of periodic surveys evaluating practice style, knowledge, and self-efficacy
    • Participants are strongly encouraged to present cases for consultation and to engage the Learning Community
HOW TO JOIN OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY

To register for our TeleECHO® clinics, please go to:

School-based Project ECHO registration - click here

Please feel free to contact Jim Witmer, WNYCCCED and ECHO® Eating Disorders Project Coordinator, for more information
Email: Jim_Witmer@URMC.Rochester.edu   or  Phone: 585-275-2936.

 

PROJECT ECHO® ADMINISTRATORS

Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED
Director of WNYCCCEED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Richard Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED
Medical Director of WNYCCCED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Taylor Starr, DO, FAAP
Associate Medical Director of WNYCCCED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Jim Witmer, LCSW
Senior Program Manager, WNYCCCED and ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

Aaron Pollard
Technical Director, ECHO® EATING DISORDERS

GUEST TEAM MEMBERS

Michael Scharf, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, URMC
Jennifer Dry De Santo, WNYCCCED Care Manager
Michelle Morales WNYCCCED Parent Peer Mentor
Andrea Talarczyk, WNYCCCED Young Adult Peer Mentor
Marie Bieber, BA, RD, Dietitian, The Healing Connection Inc.
Ann Griepp, MD, Psychiatrist, Excellus BC BS
Kim Erway, MD, Psychiatrist, Excellus BC BS
Dayton Walsh, PhD, Private practice