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.
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.
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.
Function Fridays for Better Behavior ECHO Series
All Under One Roof: Caring for Children with Medical Complexity Across Settings ECHO
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.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) ECHO
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.
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) ECHO
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!