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Rutgers Project ECHO is administered by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with generous support from NJ Department of Health, NJ Department Human Services, and other funders.
We connect vital knowledge to people in need. We believe that the right knowledge at the right place, at the right time can save lives. The benefits of knowledge are a social good that should be available to everyone. We empower communities across New Jersey to access expert health care and resources wherever they live.
At its core, Project ECHO is a virtual continuing medical education program. We bring together multidisciplinary experts in the field for trainings and courses on topics that matter now. Our education is based on real-life situations. Participants are not just students; they are also teachers. Today we’re tackling critical public health issues such as maternal health, opioid use in pregnant and parenting people, health equity, and infectious disease control and prevention. Together, our ECHO-trained community is helping to shift public health outcomes, particularly in New Jersey’s underserved and under-resourced counties where health disparities, poor outcomes, and limited access are most prevalent.
Project ECHO is an internationally recognized, evidence-based approach to continuing education and tele-mentoring that leverages the power of all participants learning and sharing together. Rutgers Project ECHO delivers specialty knowledge to front line providers including primary care physicians, community health workers, nurses, nursing home administrators, mental health and childhood trauma counselors, and many others throughout New Jersey’s 21 counties.
ECHO participants become more confident treating patients with complex conditions and as a result they are addressing provider shortages and health care disparities and increasing access to care within their communities. Specialist mentors are leading experts from Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Healthworker Institute, Cooper University Health, ID Care, New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute, New Jersey Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, Rowan University, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, RWJBarnabas Health, SPAN, Trenton Health Team and many others.
Participants report an increase in self-efficacy, competency, and knowledge and after attending multiple sessions, they also report improved care outcomes. Each 60-minute session takes place on Zoom and includes a 15-minute expert presentation, a real-life patient scenario, and recommendations from the group. There is no cost to participate, and CE’s may be earned. Program topics include Maternal Child Health, Substance Use Disorder, Diabetes Management, and Childhood Trauma. There are also training programs for Frontline Health Workers, Doulas, and Community Health Workers. See current ECHO sessions here.