Genetics/Genomics ECHO

Genetics/Genomics ECHO

Genetics/Genomics ECHO In Primary Care

The Heartland Regional Genetics Network, partnering with the Missouri Telehealth Network and Show-Me ECHO, is providing a series on genetic service delivery in primary care settings.

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Why A Genetics/Genomics ECHO?

With limited access to genetic services in medically underserved communities, parents often turn to their only source of medical care, primary care providers, for answers about their children’s special health needs. This series aims to enhance the knowledge of primary care providers in the most current, evidence-based practice to care for patients with common genetic conditions/indications for a genetics evaluation and equip these providers with tips and resources through expert case analyses and discussion.

Who Should Join?

  • Primary care physicians
  • Developmental pediatricians
  • Care coordinators
  • Early intervention providers
  • Family support networks
  • Pediatric nurse practitioners
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Midwives
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Audiologists
  • Early hearing detection and intervention coordinators
  • Hospital labor and delivery units

What Does Genetics/Genomics ECHO Offer?

  • No cost for participating sites or individuals
  • No cost CME for health care professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with experts and other providers
  • Patients get better care in home community

How Does It Work?

  • Join an online video conference.
  • Share and discuss clinical cases.
  • Participate in a presentation by a genetics and genomics expert.

Topics for Case-based Learning and Discussion Include:

February 14, 2019, 12-1 p.m.: “Genetics evaluation for the child with developmental delay and/or autistic behaviors: the primary care provider’s role.”

  • Identify children with autism/developmental delay that warrant a genetics evaluation.
  • Initiate appropriate first-tier genetic testing on selected patients with autism/developmental delay.
  • Explain first-tier testing to the patient’s family.

May 9, 2019, 12-1 p.m.: “Caring for the child with multiple congenital anomalies (MCA): the lens of a medical geneticist.”

  • Identify children with minor (and major) anomalies that warrant a genetics evaluation.
  • Initiate appropriate first-tier genetic testing on selected patients with minor and major anomalies.
  • Explain first-tier testing to the patient’s family.

May 23, 2019, 12-1 p.m.: “Newborn and infant hearing screening: when to act.”

  • Explain the principle of 1-3-6 as promoted by the state’s early hearing detection and intervention program.
  • Identify local resources for evaluation of a child with suspected hearing loss.
  • Trouble-shoot barriers to successful implementation of 1-3-6.
  • Identify at least one change to incorporate into their practice.

Meet the Expert Team

Lori Williamson Dean, MS, CGC, Project Director, Heartland Regional Genetics Network, Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

G. Bradley Schaefer, MD, FAAP, FACMG, Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Ann F. Chou, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Shobana Kubendran, MBBS, MS, Genetic Counselor, Kansas University School of Medicine – Wichita

Siddharthan Sivamurthy, MD, Pediatrician, Kansas University School of Medicine – Wichita

Joni Bruce, Executive Director, Oklahoma Family Network, Family-to-Family Health Information Center, OK Children’s Behavioral Health Network.

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