ECHO-Chicago: Suicide Prevention for Primary Care Providers

March 27, 2024 to May 29, 2024
Join us on this transformative journey and become part of a dedicated network committed to positively impacting mental healthcare!
Embark on a 10-week training program tailored to primary care providers in Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) across Illinois. This comprehensive program will equip healthcare professionals with the latest evidence-based, patient-centered best practices in suicide prevention.
Throughout the program, participants will engage in a combination of didactic sessions and role-play simulations. These sessions delve into the most current research and strategies in the field. Following this, participants will lead at least two case presentations lasting 35-40 minutes each, providing an opportunity to discuss actual cases, share experiences, and explore challenges and successes.
Inspired by the format of medical rounds, this program encourages open discussions and active application of knowledge gained. It fosters community, allowing participants to draw upon their experiences and support one another. This collaborative environment will build the capacity for effective suicide prevention among primary care providers.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for community-based healthcare professionals providing care to patients at risk for suicide.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall changes in population-level risk factors for suicide and psychological and biological precedents to completed suicide;
  • Recognize the components of a trauma-informed system-level root cause analysis that moves the focus away from mistakes and to systems;
  • Identify the levels of mental health care resources needed to build a system for referral and follow-up;
  • Relate challenges faced by patients post-acute mental health care and potential solutions;
  • Discuss the role of primary care clinicians in screening for suicide risk and high-risk populations for suicidality;
  • Describe the core elements of suicide safety planning for use at home and in the community;
  • Explain how and why a system-level approach prevents suicide in individual patients;
  • Demonstrate how to use and administer the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS).
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.00 Participation
Event starts: 
03/27/2024 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
05/29/2024 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Session topic
March 27
Suicide Epidemiology & Introduction to ECHO-Chicago
April 3
Secondary Stress and Trauma
Facilitators - Royce Lee and Samantha Allen
April 10
Zero Suicide model
Facilitator -Royce Lee
April 17
Screening Part 1
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong
April 24
Screening Part 2
Facilitator -Royce Lee
May 1
Cultural Competent Assessment Part 1
Facilitator -NAMI (TBD)
May 8
Cultural Competent Assessment Part 2
Facilitator -NAMI (TBD)
May 15
Safety Planning and lethal means of safety
Facilitator -Samantha Allen
May 22
Referral and Follow-Up (system centered)
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong
May 29
Post-Acute Care and Transitions in Care
Facilitator -  Neda Laiteerapong & Samantha Allen

The agenda is subject to change.

Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
To learn more about the ECHO-Chicago curricula, visit our website.
ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact ECHO-Chicago via e-mail via at
The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW  Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW
  Licensed Social Worker
  University of Chicago

  Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS
  Associate Professor of Medicine
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  Associate Director, Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy
  University of Chicago

  Royce Lee, MD
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
  University of Chicago
Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Participant Credit
Other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board. 
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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