Mission Statement

The Child Abuse & Neglect ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) exists to create a virtual community of Child Advocacy Centers throughout Georgia, particularly Child Advocacy Centers in rural and medically-underserved areas of Georgia.  The collaborative effort allows for teaching through didactic lecture, peer reviews, and case presentations. The Child Abuse & Neglect ECHO strives to guide medical providers in Georgia who conduct medical evaluations on suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse.


Purpose

Currently, a limited number of medical providers in Georgia conduct medical evaluations on suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse. The providers who have agreed to examine these children often feel they lack the necessary experience to do a thorough and accurate exam. This barrier is overcome by regular and consistent peer review of cases so that a group of providers can share their experience and increase their collective and individual expertise.

 

Through monthly participation, the learner will be able to:

1.  Feel confident in their ability to treat and diagnose sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and medical child abuse;

2. Benefit from a close network of Child Abuse Pediatricians and care providers throughout Georgia.

 

The Child Abuse & Neglect ECHO facilitators are staff members of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. ECHO facilitators work to ensure open communication amongst team members and assist in the coordination of activities central to the functioning of the Child Abuse & Neglect ECHO and its mission.

The Child Abuse & Neglect ECHO utilizes the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians to provide better care to more people, right where they live. Project ECHO focuses on case-based learning combined with traditional didactic presentations. The Project ECHO model increases access to specialty consultation, facilitates professional interaction with colleagues, and offers no-cost Continuing Education Credits.


Meet the Team

Physicians:
Verena Brown, MD FAAP
V. Jordan Greenbaum, MD
Stephen Messner, MD FAAP

Clinical staff
Alexandra Guzman, LPC
Qiana Johnson, DNP FNP-C
Peggy Woodard 

Program Coordinators:
Charlotte Guest
Debbie Whitlock, MSHS