Project ECHO is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers. In this way, primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.
The ECHO Model consists of four basic principles:
See how we put these principles into practice in this brief video
Below is a curated collection of materials you can use to expand your knowledge about Project ECHO and to prepare for the next step in becoming a Project ECHO hub or partner, which is to attend Immersion training. Familiarizing yourself with the contents of these documents will help you to decide if your organization is ready to launch an ECHO hub, and if so, to decide which members of your team you should send to Immersion training at the ECHO Institute. It will also help those of you who are planning to attend Immersion to arrive with pre-requisite knowledge that will allow you to get the most out of this intensive face-to-face training.
1. Overview & Introduction
These flyers give a brief overview of the Project ECHO mission, model, and goals through text and images.
A collection of personal stories on the many ways in which Project ECHO is working to touch one billion lives.
Use this worksheet as a planning guide to help you think about next steps, help identify possible challenges you will face, and help you focus on extracting relevant information from the different sessions you will attend during Immersion training. Sections covered on the worksheet include: Analysis and history; Hubs and spokes; Curriculum Design; Evaluation; Funding; and Next Steps.
3. Preparing teleECHO Sessions
The documents in this section are designed to help you build and run an ECHO hub. While they don’t cover all aspects of hub administration, they do provide a good sampling of the types of issues you will need to think about in preparing to assemble your team and program.
Curriculum Development and Case Presentation
4. Budgets and Funding
Input your own cost assumptions and data into this spreadsheet to explore different financing scenarios. You will get access to an editable version of this and other budget template spreadsheets during Immersion training.
This brief outlines an array of financing options, including approaches currently in use as well as new options, and highlights how four states–California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon–leveraged Medicaid support for ECHO. It outlines design considerations for specific delivery system environments as well as broad considerations for long-term sustainability of Project ECHO approaches.
5. Advertising, Graphics, and Branding
Sample Program Brochures: Opioid Addiction Treatment and Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse, Midwife Primary Care
Program brochures are an effective way to communicate things like your teleECHO clinic schedule and curriculum, goals and objectives, contact information, and more. These two brochures provide specific examples of how you might draft your own brochure or flyer.
This document describes evaluation best practices with a focus on how they are relevant or can be tailored to the Project ECHO model. The guide aims to encourage ECHO programs to engage in evaluation efforts and build the evidence-base for their program and the ECHO model, with a focus on those groups with limited evaluation funding and/or expertise.
Interested in Learning About Next Steps?
If you would like to launch your own ECHO program, you will need to sign our partnership agreements and attend in person Immersion training. You can learn more about these and other next steps on our Start an ECHO page.