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First Responder

2nd & 4th Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM (MT)

For more information contact us at: FirstResponderECHO@salud.unm.edu


COVID-19 Resources

CDC Guidelines for EMS
NM DOH Guidelines for EMS

CDC Resources for Individuals
NM DOH Resources for Individuals

New Mexico Coronavirus Hotline
(for those who feel ill or have questions about their health)
1-855-600-3453

General Information Hotline
(for those who have non-health questions about resources and the community)
1-833-551-0518

Hotline for Senior Citizens
(for eligible senior citizens who need assistance with meal or grocery delivery)
1-866-699-4627

Hotline for Seniors Living on the Navajo Nation
1-928-871-6868

State of New Mexico

Meet the Team

First Responder hub team members: Chief Deputy Justin Dunlap; Jessica Medrano, EMT-P; Jeff Katzman, MD; Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen, MD; Joanna Katzman, MD

Program Description

This ECHO program aims to support first responders such as firefighters, EMS, medical transport personnel and law enforcement officers, in their roles on the frontlines of America's opioid crisis. With 130 Americans dying of an opioid overdose on average every day, first responders are the first to answer in a 911 emergency. They provide a critical "lifeline" in nearly every community but especially in New Mexico's rural towns and counties, where the closest urgent care or hospital might be hours away.

The First Responder program, supported with funding from the New Mexico Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also aims to stem rising rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, compassion fatigue, depression and suicide among paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement. Curriculum topics include patient care around opioid use and chronic pain as well as personal resiliency and self-care, healthy communication and debriefs after trauma, and other relevant mental health topics.

The First Responder ECHO hub team includes a psychiatrist and emergency room physician, a pain doctor, an expert paramedic, a firefighter and a law enforcement officer. All New Mexico first responders are invited to attend this twice-monthly teleECHO program.

Target Audience

All New Mexico first responders such as firefighters, EMS, medical transport personnel and law enforcement officers.

Resources

Program Team


Jeff Katzman, MD
Medical Director
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry
University of New Mexico

Joanna Katzman, MD
Senior Associate Director, ECHO Institute
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
University of New Mexico

Jessica Medrano, EMT-P
Academic Affairs Director, EMS, CEMS and CHW Programs
Central New Mexico Community College

Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of New Mexico

Chief Deputy Justin Dunlap
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department

Paige Menking, MPA
Director, Community Health Workers Programs

Shannon McCoy-Hayes, MA
Program Manager, First Responder

Karina Dow, BS
Program Coordinator, First Responder
FirstResponderECHO@salud.unm.edu


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