What is it?

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) offers a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes education and increases workforce capacity by sharing knowledge across distance. Specialists at the "hub" site meet regularly with professionals in local communities via videoconferencing to train in the delivery of specialty care services. Using video conferencing technology, participants connect with a webcam and microphone, a tablet, or a smartphone – from their workplace. This linkage creates a virtual learning collaborative made up of an interdisciplinary “hub” team sharing their best-practice expertise and mentoring with participants in different communities. The ECHO model TM , developed at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, does not actually provide care directly to patients. Instead, it provides front-line professionals with the knowledge and support they need to manage complex conditions in local communities. This dramatically increases access to specialty treatment, particularly in rural and underserved areas. 

Telehealth ROCKS ECHO is part of the HRSA-funded project. It is designed to provide "telementoring" to assist local community professionals such as the medical, mental and behavioral health fields, nursing, school personnel, and other professionals in developing expertise in developmental and behavioral disorders to increase their capacity to identify and treat disorders in local settings. The ECHO telementoring model bridges the gap between healthcare knowledge and local providers using established adult learning principles and practice change strategies.

A Telehealth ROCKS ECHO session is modeled after a virtual grand rounds, when community, health/healthcare, and school-based providers from multiple locations connect at regularly scheduled times with a specialist or team of specialists through video conferencing. During these ECHO sessions, participants present de-identified student/patient case examples to a specialist or expert teams who mentor the participants to manage students with complex conditions. These case-based discussions are supplemented with short didactic presentations from the hub team of experts to improve content knowledge and share evidence-based practices.


Spring 2019

Beyond Childhood ECHO Series

This Beyond Childhood ECHO series discuss the topics regarding training and resources to support adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities.

Attendance Map

[FLYER] - Beyond Childhood ECHO: College, Careers, and Relationships for Adolescenets and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Version: February 2019

[Presentation #1 Slides] - Using Self-Determination to Guide Transitions Through the Life Span

Version: 27 March 2019

[Presentation #2 Slides] - Building a Roadmap for College and Careers

Version: 3 April 2019

[Presentation #2] - Additional Resource

Version: 3 April 2019

[Presentation #3 Slides] - Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Young Women with Developmental Disabilities

Version: 10 April 2019

[Presentation #4 Slides] - Cultivating Healthy Relationships, Including Sexuality

Version: 17 April 2019

[Presentation #5 Slides] - Creating a Medical Home: Ideas for Person-Centered Care

Version: 24 April 2019


Fall 2019

Keeping Kids Safe ECHO Series

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 15-to-24-year-olds. It is important for medical providers and educators to recognize the red flags and warning signs of suicide. 

Attendance Map

[FLYER] - Keeping Kids Safe: A Comprehensive Look at Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Version: October 2019

[Presentation #1 Slides] - Red Flags and Warning Signs | Role of Primary Care in Keeping Kids Safe

Version: 4 October 2019

[Presentation #2 Slides] - Screening, Risk Assessment, and Safety Planning | One School District's Comprehensive Plan

Version: 11 October 2019

[Presentation #3 Slides] - Building Resilient Kids and Communities

Version: 18 October 2019

[Presentation #4 Slides] - Hospitalization and Follow-Up: What to Expect?

Version: 25 October 2019

[Presentation #5 Slides] - Supporting Survivors: How Can Communities Respond?

Version: 1 November 2019


Spring 2020

Function Fridays for Better Behavior ECHO Series

Attendance Map

[FLYER] - Function Fridays for Better Behavior: Understanding Challenging Behavior, Creating Positive Function-Based Behavior Plans, and Helping Kids Be their Best!

Version: January 2020

[Presentation #1 Slides] - Introduction

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #2 Slides] - Functions of Behavior

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #3 Slides] - Antecedents and Consequences

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #4 Slides] - Prevention: Visuals and Timers or Transitions

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #5 Slides] - Prevention: Relationship Building

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #6 Slides] - Interventions Based on Function in a Virtual Setting

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #7 Slides] - Safety Planning

Version: 20 April 2020

[Presentation #8 Slides] - To be added...

Version: TBA

Spring 2021
All Under One Roof: Caring for Children with Medical Complexity Across Settings ECHO

Medical Complexity ECHO - Session 1 Slides
Medical Complexity ECHO - Session 2 Slides
Medical Complexity ECHO - Session 3 Slides
Medical Complexity ECHO - Session 4 Slides
Medical Complexity ECHO - Resource links from all sessions

Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a growing subset of children who have chronic multidisciplinary care needs, functional limitations often associated with medical devices, and require intensive resources. We bring together local school staff with pediatric experts to discuss medical devices, emergent situations, resources, and more.

Summer 2021
Psychological First Aid (PFA) ECHO

Psychological First Aid ECHO - Session 1 Slides
Psychological First Aid ECHO - Session 2 Slides
Psychological First Aid ECHO - Session 3 Slides
Psychological First Aid ECHO - Session 4 Slides
Psychological First Aid ECHO - Resource links from all sessions

Psychological First Aid is an acute intervention for trauma and disaster survivors that aims to reduce risk for long-term mental health problems while promoting resilience and recovery. This ECHO series provides an overview of mental health challenges faced by disaster survivors as well as an introduction to the basic concepts of PsychologicalFirst Aid.

Summer 2021
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) ECHO

Skills for Psychological Recovery ECHO - Session 1 Slides
Skills for Psychological Recovery ECHO - Session 2 Slides
Skills for Psychological Recovery ECHO - Session 3 Slides
Skills for Psychological Recovery ECHO - Session 4 Slides
Skills for Psychological Recovery Manual

Skills for Psychological Recovery is a brief, early intervention that aims to help individuals and families cope with ongoing stress and adversities in the weeks and months after a trauma or disaster. In this ECHO series, participants were introduced to the Skills for Psychological Recovery model and learn how to use these skills in the recovery phase of a trauma or disaster or as a follow-up to acute crisis interventions like Psychological First Aid. 



Future ECHO Series

We are currently planning our future Project ECHO series. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them our way!