The First Responder ECHO program has shifted its focus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide resources and support to our first responders and frontline healthcare workers. Please see the “First Responder Resiliency ECHO” webpage link below for more information.
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.
All New Mexico first responders such as firefighters, EMS, medical transport personnel and law enforcement officers.