Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
Using the Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, people in communities access knowledge while receiving mentorship and ongoing support to make a difference in their community. Experts and participants learn from one another as knowledge is refined and tested through local experience.
As an approved replication partner of Project ECHO®, we develop and facilitate national, multi-state and state-specific ECHO programs with the goal of transferring knowledge and increasing expertise among participants. Our ECHOs are unique in that our learning opportunities aim to work with participants over a longer period in an effort to build organizational and staff capacity, support individualized needs, and foster a network beyond the length of the ECHO.
Project ECHO® is a guided practice model developed by the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center. This approach involves a multidisciplinary team of subject matter experts who meet regularly with ECHO participants via video conferencing to increase knowledge and skills for the delivery of specialty care services. ECHO sessions follow a standard format in order to maximize time, resources and learning.
The core principles of Project ECHO® are to use technology to leverage scarce resources, share “best practices” to reduce disparities, use case-based learning to master complexity, and monitor outcomes using a web-based database.
Our Project ECHO® Portfolio
We utilized the ECHO model in New Hampshire (NH) to address capacity needs among substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers related to The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria. The Treating Addiction Together ECHO was developed to increase provider understanding and utilization of The ASAM Criteria in clinical decision-making. We utilized both continuous and periodic data collection in order to complete a mixed-methods outcome evaluation. The evaluation sought to quantify benefits of participation in the ECHO in terms of provider gains; changes made in practice settings; and benefits to patients.