IUPUI ECHO Center Extends LGBTQ Programming for Second Year

Joey Amato | October 15, 2019

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI’s ECHO Center has extended its LGBTQ+ program for a second year due to overwhelming demand from primary care providers throughout Indiana. Although based in Indianapolis, LGBTQ+ healthcare providers around the country are encouraged to participate.

The program, which launched on September 12, 2018 is only the second program of its kind in the country and has successfully helped educate healthcare providers on a variety of topics including: The Importance of Language, Development of Gender Identity, HIV Prevention and PrEP, Substance Use and Misuse, Suicide Prevention, Primary Care of LGBTQ+ Individuals and Nutrition and Eating Disorders among others.

“We have received so much positive feedback from our LGBTQ+ ECHO participants about how LGBTQ+ ECHO positively impacts their workplace,” mentions Anyé Carson, program coordinator at the ECHO Center.

LGBTQ+ ECHO is a mentorship program which uses case-based learning to enhance knowledge, impact practice, reduce treatment disparities and improve healthcare outcomes throughout the state.

“Project ECHO is a way for us to teach providers about caring for those in the LGBTQ community,” mentions Dr. Janine Fogel, medical director of the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health & Wellness Program. “Education of healthcare providers is generally quite limited in this area. We are able to share our expertise gained from 4 years of serving the transgender patient population.”

Experts on the hub team include:

Joan Duwve, MD, MPH

Janine Fogel, MD, CCFP, ABFM

Dennis Fortenberry, MD

Laura Menard, M.L.S.

Rhonda Schwindt, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC

Rachel Snedecor, MD

Juan Carlos Venis, MD, MPH

Tina Wiesert, LCSW

Morgan Younger, MSW, LSW, CCM

The sessions are 90 minutes in duration and will be hosted on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4:00pm ET beginning on Wednesday, October 23.

For more information and to register for an upcoming ECHO, please click here: https://fsph.iupui.edu/research-centers/centers/public-health-practice/ECHO/join.html