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GE Foundation

In 2012, GE Foundation funded a pilot in New Mexico focused on expanding access to mental health and substance use care in rural community health centers across the state. Soon realizing the model could be transformational for increasing access to primary care, GE Foundation began a five-year partnership to support the ECHO Institute with its goal of reaching 1 billion lives around the world.

The goal was to support the ECHO Institute with unrestricted, core funding to catalyze program expansion, develop needed infrastructure to support that growth and facilitate model adaptions into “New Frontiers” or non-clinical areas to build workforce capacity.

The growth and momentum globally has been extraordinary in scale, model adaptations, sustainability and outcomes. Since the GE Foundation partnership began, Project ECHO has:

GE Foundation and Project ECHO are aligned in their vision of workforce capacity building. As the world becomes complex, with more advanced technologies or medicines, with populations that are more dispersed and mobile, there becomes a greater need for skills development. Project ECHO provides a solution. It is an ideal model to address geographic distances, to deploy learning models ideal for adult learning, and to be nimble and able to develop new learning environments as new issues or crises arise in almost real-time.

ECHO Institute is at the University of New Mexico's Health Science Center
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