Project ECHO, the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC) began a collaboration in 2013, to bring HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) care and treatment to American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) throughout the United States. This collaboration created teleECHO clinic sessions specifically for clinicians serving these communities.
IHS and tribal clinicians connect with experts at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, IHS experts and with other community clinicians who serve AI/AN communities. During each session, clinicians present patient cases for review and consultation and receive a recommended treatment plan from a multidisciplinary panel of HIV or HCV experts. To supplement case-based learning, at each session, faculty and guest experts in the field present a 10-15 minute didactic on a wide range of topics related to the disease focus with specific emphasis on the AI/AN population. This format builds a community of learning and practice among the clinicians and increases access to high quality specialty care in areas where patients may not otherwise have access.
Participants have the opportunity to receive continuing education credit (CME, CE, CEU, ACPE) for their participation at no cost to the participant.