The goal of the Border TeleECHO program (Border ECHO) is to connect key stakeholders along the US-Mexico border ('boots on the ground") working with asylum seekers and recent migrants. These stakeholders are the experts in the field and often have critical information that can help inform process improvements in real time. Each session focuses on a topic that participants have requested, this is usually a PowerPoint presentation by an expert from the field, with time for question and answer after. Sample topics include: "Scheduling Strategies for Volunteers" and "Improving Communication with: Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement," as well as “Overview of Border Health Residencies and Rotations.” In addition to a more formal presentation, we schedule time for problem solving and brainstorming for any problems or challenges that need immediate feedback and advising from the network of participants. This can include things like new policy changes on a city, state or federal level, changing needs at local shelters, or larger demographic changes. We currently have representation from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California and Mexico. Stakeholders include firefighters, state public health departments/Mexican ministry of health officials, universities, nonprofits, and those volunteering their time at the border etc.
Those working with asylum seekers and refugees in the southwest; this includes but is not limited to health practitioners, pharmacists & psychiatrists, city & state employees, faith/community based organizations. Due to the sensitive nature of topics discussed, this is a closed program. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to the team for more information.