Skip to main content

Heal the Harvester ECHO:

Supporting the needs of Oklahoma's Farmers and Ranchers

Heal the Harvester with Project ECHO and OSU-CHS

For OSU Extension Workers, Primary Care Physicians, Mental Health Professionals, Rural Community Members, including those who support farmers and ranchers

Get expert knowledge in a virtual learning network with OSU Center for Health Sciences providers. Curriculum is designed to increase the mental health knowledge of those on the front line assisting our farmers and ranchers. Providers are encouraged to present cases to the team of experts.


Schedule - 

On Hiatus until further notice.


What Does the Heal the Harvester ECHO offer?

  • Provides a platform to to improve the availability of mental health resources to farmers and ranchers, thus, encouraging help-seeking behaviors among those struggling with mental illness.
  • Collaboration and ongoing learning with specialists including but not limited to:
    • Psychiatrists
    • Members of the agricultural community
    • Counseling services
    • Cooperative Extension
  • Bi-weekly didactics covering topics related to mental health, including mental health education and awareness, as well as information regarding mental health resources.
  • Real-time clinical review of cases submitted by participants.


Why Heal the Harvester ECHO?

  • Increase the mental health knowledge of those on the front line assisting our farmers and ranchers
  • Farming is an especially stressful occupation and has been associated with a range of physical and mental health risks.
  • Risks may be compounded by a range of factors including economic uncertainty, weather events, isolation, and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.


Topics -

Sessions will address multiple topics including but not limited to:

  • Substance use disorders
  • End of life care
  • How to help your neighbor
  • Farm transition and heredity
  • Oklahoma mental health infrastructure
  • Adverse childhood experience
  • Social Determinants
  • Supporting Families & Communities
  • Guardianship
  • Self-Compassion, Healthy coping skills, Self-Care


Team -

Jason W. Beaman, DO, MS, MPH, FAPA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; OSU-CHS

Thomas Coon, PhD, MS
Vice President, Dean, and Director of Division of Agricultural and Science

Resources, Professor of Natural Resource & Ecology Management; OSU

Damona Doye, PhD, MS
Associate Vice President, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service; OSU

Matt Brosi, PhD
Professor of Human Development & Family Science; OSU

Jessica Johnson, MS
Director of Projects for Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department; OSU-CHS

Bethany Burkhart, MHA
Project ECHO Clinical Coordinator

Back To Top