The Role of Primary Care In Treating Eating Disorders

The Role of Primary Care In Treating Eating Disorders

DATE: February 6, 2020
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Pacific)

The majority of those who struggle with eating disorders (EDs) never receive treatment, even though effective treatments for a range of eating disorders are well established (National Institute of Mental Health). there is a need to train primary care and behavioral health providers on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults; and to appropriately screen, intervene and treat or refer patients to specialized care in an integrated setting.

This training series will be in collaboration with the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED), an organization founded in 2018 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The goal of this webinar series is to increase health center capacity to detect and treat eating disorders and to increase public knowledge and awareness of these illnesses. This webinar series will address both adolescent and adult populations and address co-occurring diagnoses with eating disorders, mental health, and substance use disorder. 

The Role of Primary Care in Treatment for Patients with Eating Disorders
A history of eating disorders can lead to difficult physical health problems, and as in many other disorders, primary care physicians are on the front line. Providers and care team members will learn how to proactively engage with their patients to learn and understand the signs of anorexia or binge-eating episodes. This training will go over how to treat eating disorders in primary care through screening, early intervention, treatment (with consultation), and referral when appropriate. Recommended care teams for health centers will also be discussed in this webinar.


  1. Describe evidence-based practices to screen and detect eating disorders in primary care practice;
  2. Review common physical symptoms and medical complications of eating disorders;
  3. Review the barriers to detecting eating disorders;
  4. Identify preferred disciplines to include in comprehensive care teams and the role of each member in the care continuum;
  5. List appropriate levels of referrals and how to augment expert consultation; and,
  6. Describe how to treat eating disorders in a primary care based environment.


  • Martha Perry, MD, Medical Director, UNC Children's Primary Care Clinic
  • Stephanie Zerwas, PhD, Associate Professor, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

Standard registration fees for this webinar series are greatly discounted, due to generous sponsorship provided by Partnership Healthplan of California. 
  • CPCA Members / Community Health Centers: $100 (Entire series)
  • Associates: $112.50 (Entire series)
  • Non Member / Non CHCs: $125 (Entire series)
Special Note: This webinar is the second session in a 4-part series. Registration is available for the entire series only and you can use the link below to register for the series.
 >> Click here to register for the entire 4-part webinar series. 

Webinar 1: Introduction to Eating Disorders

January 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Webinar 3: The Role of Behavioral Health in Treating Eating Disorders
February 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Webinar 4: Addressing Systemic Care Coordination Between Health Plans
March 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Disclaimer: The information in this session is intended only to provide a general overview of the topics addressed. This session is not intended to provide legal advice nor substitute for the guidance, counsel, or advice of legal counsel on any matters particular to a specific primary care clinic. CPCA does not endorse companies or products. Advertising and sponsorship revenue support our not-for-profit mission and sponsors will receive your email address in exchange for your discounted or complimentary registration. 
2/6/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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