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Veteran Care ECHO

Supporting the needs of Oklahoma's Veteran Care Providers

Two veterans supporting each other

For Primary Care, Mental Health Professionals ,Veterans Affairs, National Center for Wellness & Recovery, including those who support Veterans.


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 veterans. Providers are encouraged to present cases to the team of experts.


Schedule -

Introductory Session on 10/7/21 at 1 p.m. CST. November kick-off. Sessions begin 1st and 3rd Thursday, starting on 11/04, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CST. To join this ECHO session registration is a one-time requirement. Once registered, you will receive an ECHO participant guide with more information.


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What Does the Veteran Care ECHO Offer?

  • Up-to-date best practices in Veteran-care for non-VA providers in rural communities
  • Guidance on integrating Veteran-care into non-VA practice
  • Increase provider understanding of the value of cultural awareness when treating Veterans
  • Address a wide range of Veteran-specific healthcare issues such as environmental exposures, military sexual trauma, mental health, women’s health, and so on
  • Real-time clinical review of cases submitted by participants


Why Veteran Care ECHO?

  • In 2014, Oklahoma had the highest suicide rate among Veterans aged 18-34 years old.
  • The suicide rate for Veterans was 1.5 times higher than the rate of non-Veteran adults.
  • In Oklahoma alone there are roughly 300,000 Veterans, making up around 10% of the total population. Of those Oklahoma Veterans, nearly 40% live in rural areas.
  • Over one million Veterans are currently living with substance use disorder.
  • 80% struggle with alcohol abuse
  • 25% struggle with illicit drugs
  • 7% struggle with both alcohol and drugs
  • An estimated 15-35% of Veterans with chronic pain have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Since 2000, more than 370,000 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).


Topics -

Sessions will address multiple topics including but not limited to:

  • Military Culture Training
  • Sexual Assault
  • Moral Injury
  • Claims & Benefits
  • Transitioning Service Member
  • Hazardous Exposure Concerns
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, PTSD
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Women’s Veterans Health
  • Amputation Treatment and Trauma


Team -

Aaron Ashworth, M.Div., M.A., CMIII, LPC
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Programs Administrator
Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Christi Sherrill, MPH
Program Manager-Oklahoma Flex Rural
Veterans Health Access Program
National Center for Wellness & Recovery
Oklahoma State University


Amista Chambers, LPCClinic DirectorSteven A. Cohen Military Family ClinicCarter Check, M.Div., BCCBoard Certified Behavioral Health ChaplainEastern Oklahoma VA Medical CenterLanny Endicott, PhDPresident, South Peoria Neighborhood Connection FoundationRetired Director of the Social Work ProgramOral Roberts University

Bethany Burkhart, MHA
Project ECHO Clinical Coordinator II
Oklahoma State University

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