University of Vermont Project ECHO

About Project ECHO

The Project ECHO model™. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based interactive distance-learning method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico.  The ECHO model™ links teams of interdisciplinary specialists with primary care clinicians.  During teleECHO™ sessions, experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care practice teams to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.

University of Vermont Project ECHO Enhanced Diagnosis and Management of Dementia by the Primary Care Team

This program will discuss evidence-based care, diagnosis, and management of individuals with dementia. The ECHO series will identify strategies, best practices, screening tools, resources, clinical pearls, and emerging topics in this field. The primary target audiences are teams of primary care providers, nurses, and social workers/case managers who work in primary care practices throughout Vermont. The program is inclusive of caregiver roles and aims for person and family-centered dementia care.

This program is offered at no-cost to participants through a collaboration between the VT Department of Health, VT Department of Aging and Independent Living, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and The UVM Larner College of Medicine Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program. Participants can receive 1.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for each learning session attended, up to 13.5 CMEs for the series.

General questions about the University of Vermont’s Project ECHO can be directed to, clinical/topic-specific questions can be directed to

September 16, 2021 - May 19, 2022
Enhanced Diagnosis and Management of Dementia by the Primary Care Team

This educational series starts on September 16th.  Please register by September 2nd.

This program is free to participants and has limited enrollment.  Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 

Registration Form

University of Vermont Project ECHO Enhanced Diagnosis and Management of Dementia by the Primary Care Team Overview


Session DateTeleECHO Session Topic


9/16/2021Importance of Early Evaluation of Cognitive Complaints
(John Taylor, MD; UVMMC Memory Program Co-Director)


10/21/2021Living Alone with Dementia – Challenges for PC teams
(Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC; UVMMC Memory Program)
11/18/2021Care Giver Supports & Services (John Coffin, MSW; Allegra Miller, Family Caregiver)Slides
12/16/2021Dementia and Driving (Heather Zuk, OTR, CDRS, CDI; UVMMC Driver Rehab)Slides
1/20/2022Community Programming for People With Dementia and Care Partners
(Tiffany Smith, MA, CRTS, CDP; Program Administrator State Unit on Aging)
2/17/2022Non-pharmacological approaches to behavioral issues for caregivers
(Lori McKenna, MSW, LICSW; UVMMC Memory Program)
3/17/2022Legal Issues of Guardianship, Competency and Power of Attorney
(Jackie Rogers, PhD; DAIL Public Guardian Program
4/21/2022End Of Life Planning and Palliative Care (Zail S. Berry, MD, MPH; UVMMC Geriatrics)Slides
5/19/2022Managing Behavioral Issues and Sleep – Pharmacological Approaches
(Doug Franzoni, PharmD, BCGP; Meds To Beds Supervisor, UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacy, Geriatric Consultant Pharmacist)