The mission of Project ECHO® is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas, and to monitor outcomes of this treatment.
Project ECHO® is funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has received support from the New Mexico Legislature, the University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Department of Public Health.
New training group will be in January 2013 - additional details coming soon.
Phone (505) 272-3673.
Project ECHO™ (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is conducting a training program for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Health Representatives (CHRs) located in New Mexico to increase their knowledge and skills in caring for diabetes patients in their own communities. This unique program for health workers is being provided by Project ECHO™ at no cost to the participant. Participants do not need a degree or certification to join the training program. Participants who successfully finish the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from Project ECHO™.
The Diabetes CREW training program has been structured to work in conjunction with tasks performed by CHWs and CHRs in everyday clinic and home care settings. It combines hands-on, face-to-face, and experiential learning with distance education in an effort to reduce travel and time burdens for participants and their clinics — the paraprofessionals will remain in their communities working with their patients during the majority of training.
Participants will learn from one another in a supportive and culturally appropriate environment. In collaboration with diabetes specialists, the program has involved experienced community health workers and representatives in the planning, curriculum, and evaluation activities of the program. The training recognizes the skills, expertise and knowledge that CHRs and CHWs already have, while expanding that foundation into patient education, self‐care and clinical skills relevant to the care of diabetes patients in their communities. Clinics will benefit from the added competencies that the CHW or CHR will bring to the healthcare team.
Kathleen Colleran, MD
Kathleen Colleran is the medical director of the ECHO™ diabetes training program for paraprofessionals. Dr. Colleran is a board-certified endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine at UNM. Dr. Colleran leads ECHO’s weekly Diabetes/Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinics for community providers.
Andrea Zurawski, RN, MSN
Andrea Zurawski provides oversight of clinical and patient education aspects of the training. She is the nurse manager for the Diabetes/CRRC teleECHO clinics at Project ECHO™.
Venice Ceballos, CHW
Venice Ceballos is the Training Support Analyst for the Community Health Worker Programs.
William "Lee" Dubois,
BS, AAS, CPT
Lee Dubois runs the diabetes education program for Pecos Valley Medical Center in northern New Mexico.
Phillip Trujillo is CHR at Pueblo de Cochiti.
Donna Lee, CHW
Donna Lee is a CHW at Ben Archer Health Center in Las Cruces, NM
The training team also includes certified diabetes educators (CDEs), dietitians, health specialists, CHWs and CHRs.
Project ECHO™ Staff
Erika Harding, MA
Erika Harding is the Education and Outreach Manager for the Diabetes and CHW ECHO initiatives. She is a specialist in adult health education and curriculum development.