Empowering Care Teams to Improve Awareness, Understanding and Engagement

Kidney Disease ECHO sessions will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Click below to register. Click here to download the ECHO flyer.


How Does it Work?

Participants will join an interactive online video conference twice per month. They will share and discuss clinical cases related to such topics as: diagnosis, prediction and prevention of cardiovascular risk; diabetes management; non-pharmaceutical treatment of hypertension; medication management of CKD; low sodium diets; empowering patients through self-management; management of edema and anemia; co-management of CKD patients; and when to refer to a nephrologist.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for health care professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialist physicians and other experts
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals


The Kidney Disease ECHO will help primary care providers improve:

  • Early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  • Co-management of CKD with diabetes and hypertension through best practices.
  • Understanding of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
  • Management of complex CKD patients.

Curriculum for Case-Based Learning and Discussion:

  • Do We Have CKD in Missouri? See the Data!
  • COVID and its Long-Term Effects on Kidneys
  • The Critical Role of Primary Care in Diagnosing CKD
  • Approaching Kidney Disease Through the Race and Ethnic Prism
  • When to Refer Patients to a Nephrologist
  • Dining Out and Eating Wisely During the Holidays
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Medication Management in CKD
  • Diabetic Kidney Disease: Diagnosis and General Guidelines for Management
  • What’s New in Diabetes and CKD
  • Food as Medicine: How Do I Make it Work With Diabetes and Kidney Disease?
  • Management of Persistent Hypertension
  • Edema
  • Portion Control, Cooking and Shopping
  • First, Do No Harm: Preventing AKI
  • Patient Advocacy and Engagement
  • Care Coordination is a Verb Not a Noun
  • Kidney Transplantation for PCPs
  • Collaborative with Virginia Kidney ECHO

Click here for full schedule.

Meet the Expert Team

Cathy Ashbaugh, RN, CNS, Transplant Nurse, University of Missouri

Melissa Bensouda, Patient Advocate

Marian Carr, LPC, PsyD, Patient Advocate

Jennifer Jackson, BSN, RN, CDCES, CPT, Diabetes Educator, University of Missouri

Kunal Malhotra, MD, Nephrologist, University of Missouri

Lisa Miller Schinke, MBA, RDN, CSR, LD, Dietitian, Fresenius Kidney Care

Elizabeth Montgomery, Vice President of Learning Strategies and Primary Care Programs, National Kidney Foundation

Cate Rudder, PharmD, Pharmacist, Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy

Yolanda Thompson-Martin, DNP, RN, ANP-C, FNP, Renal Nurse Practitioner, Truman Medical Centers

Preethi Yerram, MD, MS, FASN, Nephrologist, University of Missouri

Laurie Hines, JD, Director, Missouri Kidney Program

Previous Webinars

“Medication Management,” by Cate Rudder, PharmD, Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy

“Evaluating CKD Impact in Primary Care Practice/Population” by Elizabeth Montgomery, National Kidney Foundation, and Michael Kinkade, MD, SSM Health

“Cardiovascular Risk in CKD/CKD Risk in Cardiovascular Disease,” by Kunal Malhotra, MD, University of Missouri, and Wally Bender, MD, Golden Valley Memorial Hospital

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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