Current Funders

Federal government support

  • Department of Defense / Defense Health Agency
    • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has supported Project ECHO since 2012. Initial work was to replicate the Chronic Pain and Headache Management TeleECHO Clinic throughout the Army and then the Navy. The current work supports the Defense Health Agency (a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime) to replicate ECHO for other chronic conditions throughout the armed forces.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
    • HRSA funds the use of the ECHO model to address autism, epilepsy, and most recently opiate use disorder and perinatal hepatitis B. The autism, epilepsy and opiate disorder work all fund multiple ECHO hubs to address these chronic conditions across the country.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • CDC supports Project ECHO on several fronts. They support work that enhances linkage to care and treatment for people living with HCV including a consortium of ECHO HCV hubs that collaborate to share resources, exchange best practices, and pursue collaborative research. Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country supports the use of the ECHO model to bring together the 23 American Indian / Alaskan Native tribal organizations that have received funding through their good health and wellness in Indian country initiative. There are also several initiatives where Project ECHO collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement HIV ECHOs in countries supported by the President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    • AHRQ was the first outside organization to provide Project ECHO financial support. Grant support in 2004, was used to help to establish the first teleECHO clinic. Since then, AHRQ has provided additional support to expand ECHO’s infrastructure and to pilot a hepatitis C health IT improvement project. Currently, AHRQ is funding multiple hubs to increase medication assisted treatment for substance use disorder.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • SAMHSA has provided funding to ECHO for the development of the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO, which is focused on increasing access to addiction medicine throughout the country.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • CMS supported a Complex Care program called ECHO Care. ECHO Care is an innovative program designed to improve access to primary and specialty care for patients with complex needs while also reducing the cost of care by utilizing a multidisciplinary team-based approach. They also support the use of the ECHO model in quality improvement efforts through their Quality Improvement Organizations to address issues such as improving care transitions, optimizing patient flow, and improving treatment of depression and alcohol use disorder.
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
    • IHS funds Project ECHO to support IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian Health Center providers via teleECHO clinics in hepatitis C (HCV), HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and rheumatology. The HCV teleECHO clinic and one-day in person training is one of only two services that provide any training or support for clinicians in Indian Country which has a high burden of HCV. The IHS TB clinic is a successful collaboration between the US government, the Navajo Nation and two state departments of health (New Mexico and Arizona).
  • US Mexico Border Health Commission
    • The Border Health Commission is funding Project ECHO to create a TB teleECHO clinic for the US and Mexico states along the border to discuss bi-national TB cases. This will be the first bi-national ECHO and will include simultaneous translation.
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
    • ASPR has provided initial funding to use the ECHO model in supporting the response to the Zika virus. They are hoping to build upon this experience to see how they can leverage the ECHO model to build and maintain an on-going emergency readiness platform as future public health emergencies and disasters arise.

State government support

  • New Mexico State Legislature
    • The State of New Mexico Legislature has supported Project ECHO since 2006, to help expand the reach of the ECHO model in New Mexico and to enhance statewide access to state-of-the-art care for specialty diseases including hepatitis C, diabetes, chronic pain, integrated addictions and numerous other disease areas. Project ECHO has also received funding to develop new Community Health Worker Programs.
  • New Mexico Department of Health
    • The New Mexico Department of Health has supported Project ECHO since 2006, to enhance statewide access to state-of-the-art hepatitis C treatment and more recently HIV management via the ECHO model for case-based learning and specialized disease consultation.
  • New Mexico Medicaid
    • Centennial Care, New Mexico’s Medicaid program, has provided support through its Managed Care Organization partners to Project ECHO to provide access to Medicaid providers throughout the state to best practice care and learning across a number of chronic conditions.
  • Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
    • The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board supports the development of a Diabetes and Cardiovascular curriculum for Community Health Representatives. The curriculum has been developed with cultural adaptations for the Native American Community Health Representatives in 17 tribes in New Mexico. 4 Cohorts have been trained and a refresher course will be developed for all the graduates of past cohorts. A continuing education track is in development to allow past graduates to gain ongoing support and meet the requirements of obtaining CE credits to maintain CHW State Certification.
  • New Mexico Department of Corrections
    • The New Mexico Department of Corrections supports Project ECHO guide their medical contractors in the treatment, care and management of people incarcerated living with hepatitis C. The New Mexico Corrections Department identifies individuals requiring treatment and presents their cases in a closed TeleECHO clinic used solely for these patients.

Philanthropic support

  • General Electric Foundation
    • The GE Foundation initially supported Project ECHO with a grant to develop a program called ECHO Access, which is a new model for integrating behavioral health care with primary care. ECHO Access trains teams of nurse practitioners/physician assistants and community health workers to screen for, diagnose, and treat mental illness and substance use disorders in community health centers across New Mexico. They expanded their support for ECHO with a significant award to support the replication of the ECHO model across the United States with a particular focus on serving Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided funds to strengthen and expand the model within New Mexico and to pilot its replication outside of New Mexico. They built upon that support and in 2013 provided a grant to develop Project ECHO’s capacity to rapidly expand replication efforts nationally.
  • The Helmsley Charitable Trust
    • The Helmsley Charitable Trust has supported Project ECHO with a grant to develop a new program called Endocrinology ECHO, which addresses the widespread need for greater access to complex diabetes care and specialized endocrinology treatment, especially among publicly-insured and uninsured patients.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
    • The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation is supporting Project ECHO to bring top-quality care to cancer patients living in rural and underserved areas where cancer specialists are not readily available and to improve cancer health outcomes by connecting doctors at National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and other academic medical centers with those in community hospitals and health centers.
  • Merck Foundation
    • The Merck Foundation is supporting Project ECHO to significantly improve access to care throughout India and Vietnam by increasing the replication of the ECHO model across many chronic conditions. The work will also support the use of the ECHO model to train local versions of Community Health Workers as the front-line and most accessible workforce for many conditions.
  • Vijay and Marie Goradia Charitable Foundation
    • Goradia supports ECHO Institute efforts in India and the ECHO India superhub. The overall goal is both to expand access to care and to demonstrate to the government of India and regional state governments the utility of adopting the ECHO model as a cost-effective way to expand access to underserved populations.
  • Liver Institute and Foundation for Education and Research (LIFER)
    • The Liver Institute and Foundation for Education and Research (LIFER) provides support to Project ECHO to train leading hepatitis experts in the country of Georgia to develop their own ECHO Hepatitis C TeleECHO clinics with the goal to expand treatment access to Georgian citizens. This project is a component of the world’s first hepatitis C elimination project and is a collaborative project with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgia now has two Project ECHO Hubs, with over 18 spokes and plans to expand further in the coming years.
Past
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worked with Project ECHO in a nationwide pilot program called Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community (SCAN-ECHO). SCAN-ECHO enables specialty care teams in areas such as diabetes, pain management, and Hepatitis C to connect with Veterans’ local primary care providers and Patient Aligned Care Teams to increase access to specialty care services for Veterans in rural and medically under-served areas. They have continued to run SCAN-ECHO throughout the VA network.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    • NIDA has supported Project ECHO with grants to help use the ECHO model to disseminate NIDA/ Clinical Trials Network (CTN) buprenorphine blending trainings and to promote physician prescribing of buprenorphine in the primary care setting. Buprenorphine also known as suboxone is FDA approved for the use in opioid addiction treatment.
  • McCune Charitable Foundation
    • The McCune Charitable Foundation has supported Project ECHO with grants to aid the Prisoner Peer Educators program which trains and supports prisoners to education fellow prisoners on hepatitis C and other specialty disease areas. They also provided further funding to support Community Health Workers throughout New Mexico through the development of a big data plan that will aggregate data.
  • Con Alma Health Foundation
    • The Con Alma Health Foundation has supported Project ECHO with grants to aid the Prisoner Health is Community Health: A Peer Education Program in New Mexico to train and support prisoners to education fellow prisoners on hepatitis C and other specialty disease areas.