Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Revolutionizing Cancer Care Delivery
Despite a dramatic increase in innovation, treatments and best practices to improve cancer care, cancer disparities are increasing. Over 90% of medical oncologists practice in urban areas, leaving rural communities without the capacity to screen, diagnose and treat patients with cancer, many of whom are diagnosed at later and less treatable stages.
Nowhere is this problem more evident than in rural America. For all five leading causes of death in the United States — heart disease, stroke, cancer, unintentional injury and chronic lower respiratory disease — rural areas have higher mortality rates than cities and suburbs. The mortality gap in cancer is especially stark — people in nonmetropolitan counties are more likely to die from cancer than their urban and suburban counterparts even though they have lower rates of diagnosis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported. And that gap is widening.
The ECHO model delivers specialty expertise to underserved areas. The platform uses case based learning to build local capacity, providing communities with the tools needed to deliver care comparable to that of academic specialists.
The ECHO model can amplify the work of your organization to share best practices and increase provider satisfaction, self-efficacy, and capacity to decrease cancer disparities globally.
Read Dr. Arora’s recent article: Quality medical care in rural communities is out of reach for millions
What are the Focal Areas for Developing Cancer Expertise?
- SAVE THE DATE for the next MetaECHO, March 13-26, 2019
- 2014 MetaECHO: Project ECHO: Cervical Cancer Prevention – Sound Waves from the Field
Ernest Hawk, MD, MPH, Vice President of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences
MD Anderson Cancer Center Project ECHO Superhub
- 2017 MetaECHO: Project ECHO: Mobilizing the ECHO Model in Cancer
Moderator: Patti Doykos, PhD, Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Panelists: Roopa Hariprasad, MD, Scientist-D, Division of Clinical Oncology, National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR)
Brenda Kostelecky, PhD, Lead for Cancer Control Planning and Policy at the National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health
Kathleen Schmeler, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Director of the colposcopy clinics at MD Anderson Cancer Center and LBJ Hospital
Richard Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
Cancer ECHO Partners
- National Cancer Institute – Center for Global Health (Maryland, MD) – Cancer Control Planning ECHOs in the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Africa
- Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) (Charleston, West Virginia) – Breast Cancer Survivorship ECHO
- American Academy of Pediatrics (Elk Grove Village, Illinois) – HPV ECHO
- American Cancer Society (Atlanta, Georgia) – Lung Cancer Patient Support ECHO
Read More About the Effectiveness of ECHO for Cancer
- Quality medical care in rural communities is out of reach for millions, The Hill, 2018
- Project ECHO: An Effective Means of Increasing Palliative Care Capacity, American Journal of Managed Care; Evidence Based Oncology, 2017
- Building Virtual Communities of Practice for Health, The Lancet, 2017
- Ensuring Equitable Cancer Care for All Patients, The ASCO Post, 2017
- Project ECHO: A Telementoring Program for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Low-resource Settings, Journal of Global Oncology ePub, 2016
- Review additional research on the ECHO model here.
Learn More About Project ECHO
- Attend Introduction: Join us for a 90 minute ECHO Introduction videoconference to learn more about the ECHO model (held monthly).
- Become an ECHO Partner: Learn how to Start an ECHO and attend ECHO Immersion (a free, three day on-site training at the ECHO Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.)
Contact us at cancerECHO@salud.unm.edu to explore opportunities for collaboration with our Cancer ECHO team. Learn more about our partnership with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and their support of this initiative.