First Responder

Every Monday, from 2:00pm-3:00pm (MT)

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Program Description

This teleECHO 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 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 weekly teleECHO program.

Target Audience

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


Program Team

Joanna Katzman, MD
Medical Director
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

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

Captain Jimmy Melek
Community EMS Captain
ABQ Fire and Rescue

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

Captain Justin Dunlap
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department

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