At its core, Project ECHO is a virtual health education and mentoring program improving population health in New Jersey. We bring together multidisciplinary practitioners for trainings and courses on public health issues that matter now. Session leaders include experts in maternal health, diabetes management, addiction, mental health, childhood trauma, health equity, and emergency preparedness. Participants, who serve as both learners and teachers, can share and receive support, guidance, and feedback from their peers. ECHOs are a critical way to build informed communities within a powerful learning environment that reduces health care disparities and creates systemic change.
We look at health holistically and invite participation by providers at every level of care. We address complex health care issues by convening groups of doctors, specialists, nurses, social workers, mental health providers, educators, community health workers, nursing home staff, or local organizations in a virtual learning environment. Their collective expertise provides a perspective that helps shift health outcomes.
Participants report a high level of satisfaction with the experience, the collaboration with their peers, and the increased knowledge that impacts their clients’ lives. ECHOs help enable providers to treat people in the community where they live. There is no cost to participate. Participants are invited to share and request help regarding a current clinical scenario or, in some ECHOs, they are invited to participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects. Discussions regarding scenarios or QI projects result in tips, recommendations, and suggestions for resources from the panel of experts and peers. Many programs offer CE credits to maintain certificates and licenses. All participants in any of the programs are invited to submit their ideas and suggestions for future topics.