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About Us

The Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC) Project ECHO is a bimonthly case conference series  that  aims to  improve the care of patients with heart failure by increasing access to continuing education and interdisciplinary case discussion.   This unique training program builds on an existing education-practice partnership between UW Medicine and the UW School of Nursing. Grant funding is provided by the Health Services and Research Administration (HRSA).

  • Target Audience: Community Providers (MD/DO, ARNP/PA, RN, PharmD, Social Work and Allied Health)
  • Format: 1-hour, online, case conference, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays @ Noon PDT
  • Content: The first 15 minutes will include a presentation on best practices of heart failure care, followed by 45 minutes of audience-submitted patient cases for guided mentorship of care management and interdisciplinary discussion
  • Cost: FREE to participate

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format?

• Each Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC): Project ECHO web-based case conference will begin with a 15-minute content presentation on heart failure (HF) followed by 45 minutes of case discussions between participants and an interprofessional panel of HF specialists.

• This series is hosted by an interprofessional team of HF providers (including cardiologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, nurses, and other allied health providers). Cases are submitted by participants in advance; patient information is de-identified.

• Participants contribute comments or questions in real-time and apply HF education to patients in their practice.

Who can participate?

Anyone who works with HF patients or is interested in learning more about HF care best practices — eg, primary care clinicians, community providers, allied health professionals, pharmacists, students, cardiologists…

When are the videoconferences?

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

How do I participate?

Register here or contact NWHFC Staff at NWHFC@uw.edu. To attend a live session, click here to join the Zoom conference or use this link: https://zoom.us/j/9572265005. If prompted, the meeting ID is 957-226-5005. Participants are encouraged to contribute comments or questions in real-time and apply HF education to patients in their practice.

For more information about how to participate, please access the NWHFC Participant Information Packet

How do I set up a videoconference link from my computer?

Connecting is easy using web-based Zoom software; contact NWHFC staff for initial setup. No special equipment is needed and the connection will also work with your existing Polycom systems. Webcams can be provided if you do not currently have access to one.

How do I submit a patient case?

Contact NWHFC@uw.edu if you would like to submit a case for guidance and advice on care management, or to share with the learning community. You will complete an online Case Intake Form at least 1-day prior to the webinar session you plan to attend. Please refrain from including Personal Health Information (PHI) including names, month/day of birth, and medical record numbers to protect the identity of the patient. While not all fields of the case form need to be completed, information pertinent to your question is appreciated. During a NWHFC: Project ECHO session, the panel facilitator will call on you to give a synopsis of your patient case and any questions you may have. Peers and specialists will provide their feedback on your case.

Case Presentation Tips

  1. Know your Patient – Review the history of treatments, medications, and hospitalizations. You should be able to answer questions about your patient if asked during your presentation.
  2. Be Organized – Be able to summarize relevant details pertinent to your case question. You do not need to present every detail, only present what matters.
  3. Speak clearly into your computer’s microphone or device. When discussing your case, be sure to have your video turned on and unmute the microphone prior to speaking.
  4. Do not include protected health information during your presentation.

NWHFC Planning Committee

Alice Chang, MSW

Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN

Claudius Mahr, DO, FACC, FESC

Debra Liner, PMP, BA

Erin Blakeney, PhD, RN

Jennifer A. Beckman, MSN, ARNP, CHFN

John D. Scott, MD, MSc

 Kevin D. O’Brien, MD, FAHA

Megan Miller, MEd

Nancy Murphy, PharmD

Susan Pambianco, ARNP

Todd F. Dardas, MD, MS


Contact Us

To contact the NWHFC Team please email us at NWHFC@uw.edu.

Administrative/Technical Support

Megan Miller, MEd

Program Operations Specialist

University of Washington, School of Nursing

Box 357266, 1959 NE Pacific St

Seattle, WA 98195



Rande Gray

Senior Computer Specialist