Foster Care

Second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 7:30-8:30 a.m.


The purpose of this 12-session ECHO program is to enhance the ability of primary care clinicians and healthcare team members to provide whole person care to children and youth in foster care, with attentiveness to the unique factors that drive health inequities and disproportionately for those children and youth with a history of child welfare involvement. Topics will include:

  • Approaches for asset-based, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, gender-affirming, and whole person care
  • Encouraging youth voice and integrating youth choice, when possible and reasonable, during medical visits
  • Primary care, behavioral health, and oral health integration for children and youth in foster care
  • Identifying local and statewide resources for children and youth in foster care, and improving cross-sector collaboration

We will select up to 40 clinicians and primary care staff who are in a position to champion change in their organizations. Clinicians (prescribing MD, DO, ND, NP, PA), nurses, social workers, pharmacists, behavioral health specialists, and practice managers are encouraged to register. Participants will be selected based on their interest, geographic distribution throughout Oregon, and ability to commit to the sessions.

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Session/Title Date
1 - "Why This Matters" 9/9/2021
2 - Cultural isolation & importance of representation 9/23/2021
3 - DHS-focused presentation 10/14/2021
4 - Core components of the “EveryStep” approach 10/28/2021
5 - Differential Diagnoses & Misdiagnoses – Focusing on promoting health vs. treating symptoms 11/11/2021
6 - Gender Affirming Care for Queer and Trans Youth 12/9/2021
7 - dentifying key stakeholders & forming partnerships 1/13/2022
8 - Cultural Considerations for Trans-racial Fostering 1/27/2022
9 - Collaborative Problem Solving 2/10/2022
10 - Trauma responses, “what’s in their suitcase” 2/24/2022
11 - Medication Management/Polypharmacy 3/10/2022
12 - Oral Health for Children and Youth in Foster Care 3/24/2022
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