Palliative Care ECHO

The GA-DPH Palliative Care Project ECHO seeks to virtually bring palliative care experts to centers around Georgia. These monthly, virtual, tele-mentoring sessions focus on amplifying the capacity of local teams to provide best-practice primary palliative care to all regions of Georgia. Palliative care topics will be presented via didactic and case presentations to expand the knowledge base and skill set of physicians, Advance Practice Providers, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other team members who work in hospital, community/ outpatient or home settings caring for children or adult patients with cancer or other serious illnesses.  This includes primary care, pediatricians, internists, or family practitioners as well as oncology, cardiology, pulmonary, critical care, neurology, renal, surgery and palliative care/hospice interdisciplinary teams.


The GA-DPH Palliative Care Project ECHO provides a community learning platform for health care providers in urban and rural Georgia. We strongly encourage primary care providers and teams caring for patients with serious illness to attend. This includes internists, family practitioners, and adult/pediatric subspecialists in oncology, cardiac, pulmonary, neurology, renal, surgery, and intensive care. We plan on reviewing the literature discussing priorities of general practitioner and subspecialist priorities for palliative care education and surveying the palliative care and education committee along with members from GHPCO. In addition, we will query the palliative workgroup for GC3 to assess needs and topics.


These ECHO sessions are bi-monthly, typically on the third Tuesday, from 12 pm - 1 pm (EST). Please see the schedule below: 





4/16/24   Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies in Palliative Care:
2/20/24   Understanding How Microaggressions Can Limit Palliative Care:





Case Presentation - Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Palliative Care

10/24/23   Caring for the Unrepresented:
9/26/23   Unconscious Bias: Implications for the Workplace and Patient Care :
8/29/23   Surrogate Decision Making:


Existential Suffering :


Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care

3/28/23   Homeless Should Not Mean Hopeless: How Housing Insecurity Impacts Pain Management in Palliative Care Patients

2/28/23   Total Pain



  Transitioning a Patient from Palliative Care to Hospice



Wednesday, January 19, 2022     


Introduction to ECHO; Why ECHO; Georgia Cancer Strategic Plan: 2019-2024

Evaluation link:

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

4pm - 5pm

Palliative Care 101 with Perceived Barrier

Evaluation link:

Thursday, March 17, 2022


Communication Skills

Evaluation link:

Friday, April 15, 2022

12 PM- 1PM

ACP/Medical Decision Making

Evaluation link:

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

4pm -5pm

Pain Management

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

8am - 9am

Cultural Biases

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

12 PM- 1 PM

Palliative Care Emergencies

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


Symptom Management

Thursday, Sept 22, 2022

8am - 9am

Spiritual Care

Thursday, October 20, 2022

12 PM- 1 PM

Code Status/POLST Form

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

4pm - 5pm

Pediatric and Young Adult Palliative Care

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

8am - 9am

End of Life Care/Hospice


Meet the Team:

Georgia Palliative Care  ECHO Team:

  • Ashima Lal, MD, Associate Medical Director, Grady Palliative Care Service. Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Katharine Brock, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Emory University Director, Supportive Care Clinic, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center Physician, Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Kimberly Curseen, MD, FAAHPM, Director of Outpatient Supportive Care; Emory Palliative Care Center Associate Professor; Division of Palliative Medicine
  • Paula Sanders, Executive Director, Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Criss Sutton, MSW, PMP, Senior Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center
  • Rana Bayakly, MPH, Georgia Cancer Registry, Principal Investigator, Georgia DPH

Contact Information:

The goal of the GA-DPH Palliative Care Project ECHO is to expand your understanding, so if you need more information, please email us at [email protected].  We are always happy to provide further information and answer any questions.

If you are interested in joining this or any other DPH ECHO, please visit

If you would like to present a case in an upcoming session, please complete a case presentation form using the Case Presentation and please submit the form to the following Download this pdf file. Palliative Care ECHO Presentation Form

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