September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Project ECHO: Collaborating with Primary Care to Improve Mental Health
About the Session:
Primary care providers (PCPs) are first-line responders for individuals experiencing mental health concerns. In rural and underserved areas, where access to specialists is limited, severe and complex mental health and addiction disorders are often managed within primary care leaving some PCPs feeling under-resourced and isolated. This is exacerbated by the prevalence of co-existing mental and physical illness which makes disease-management difficult. In order to support PCPs manage complex mental health needs within primary care settings, specialists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto (UofT) have adopted the innovative Project ECHO tele-education model; through this model interdisciplinary PCPs and specialists at CAMH come together to form a virtual community of practice where knowledge and best practices in mental health and addictions are shared. This presentation will discuss the ECHO model and evidence to support the use of this model in Ontario.
Eva Serhal is the Manager of Project ECHO Ontario Mental Health & Telepsychiatry at CAMH. Eva completed her MBA at Ryerson University and is a PhD Candidate in Outcomes and Evaluation at U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. Through her education and work experience Eva has developed expertise in policy development, project implementation, management, and evaluation.
Christine Mitchell completed an MA in Health Geography, focusing on built environment influences of children’s health. She has a keen interest in the social determinants of health, and how access shapes health outcomes. This interest sparked her passion for mental health access, a key component of ECHO Ontario Mental Health.
Strengthening the Alliance between Primary Care and Community-Based Child/Youth Mental Health Systems in Ontario
About the Session:
Many families first attempt to access child and youth mental health care through their family doctor or hospital emergency department, yet physicians often report feeling ill-equipped to address these concerns. At the same time, community-based services often have long wait lists with limited access and funding. Given discussions presently taking place regarding primary health care reform, and as system transformation activities in the child/youth mental health sector are being implemented, there is an opportunity to create changes that will strengthen primary mental health care and build capacity (through education and support) among family physicians and community pediatricians to better address child and youth mental health concerns. To support this important work towards creating a more efficient and effective system, we have developed a policy-ready paper to examine these issues and provide concrete, evidence-informed recommendations to ensure the seamless interface between Ontario’s primary care system and community-based child/youth mental health services.
Dr. Mario Cappelli is the Director of Psychiatric & Mental Health Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychiatry, and a Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at the University of Ottawa. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Cappelli is a sought after clinician, advisor, educator and leader in the field.
Stephanie L. Leon is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and is completing her doctoral thesis at the CHEO’s Research Institute.
Purnima Sundar is the Director of Knowledge Mobilization at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. She has 20 years of experience doing community-based, participatory action research and program evaluation in the areas of community mental health and diversity/multiculturalism.
Laura Kelly is a Program Associate at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. At the Centre, Laura combines her background in Public Health and Program Evaluation and her passion for working with children and youth.
Michelle Hurtubise is the Executive Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Prior to this, Michelle worked for over 20 years in community health centres in Toronto and London.