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Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real-time collaborative sessions.

The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services.

Providers gain skills and confidence; specialists learn new approaches for applying their knowledge across diverse cultural and geographical contexts. As the capacity of the local workforce increases, lives improve.

Thank you for your interest in this program. The application period has closed. Materials from didactic presentations will be shared here in the future.

What will you gain by participating?

The goal of this ECHO series is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase Diversity, Equity, and Engagement (DEE) knowledge for the benefit of their organizational DEE initiatives and work with their clients/participants and their staff. Through this 6-month program, participants will have the chance to engage with other health provider organizations in peer-to-peer learning and discussions around improving health equity within their organizations. Each session will consist of a brief didactic presentation on key issues followed by a discussion around an organizational case with actionable recommendations.

Participant learning objectives:

By participating in this ECHO, participating organizations will be able to…

  • Understand the impacts that bias has on hiring and performance practices and be able to describe how to improve and advance equitable hiring and performance processes through cultural humility and resilience-oriented strategies.
  • Understand and describe moral and cultural safety and begin to identify opportunities to improve safety for staff and participants.
  • Understand barriers and opportunities for improving access to care for racial and ethnic groups and be able to describe organizational strategies for decreasing trauma, racism, bias, and stigma in service delivery.
  • Understand and describe opportunities to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce to create a safe and healing environment, which may include changes in policies, procedures, and practices that unintentionally cause distress and re-traumatization for both staff and participants.
  • Understand how to describe and recognize compassion fatigue within an organization’s workforce and be able to implement organizational strategies for shifting to a culture change of compassion resilience and trauma-informed care.
  • Understand and identify opportunities to engage people with lived experience in taking the next steps to fully incorporate their voices in a meaningful way throughout an organization.

Are there requirements for participating?

There are no costs associated with participating in this ECHO series.

  • Attendance – We ask that the team lead commit to attending all 6 of the sessions within the series and team members participate in most, if not all 6 of the sessions as well.
  • Session Participation – Participants will also be asked to actively engage and participate in each session. Participants will also be asked to maintain an open mind and willingness to uphold the safe space practices established by faculty and facilitators during sessions.
  • Case Presentation – All participating organizations will be asked to submit one case presentation form describing their organization’s experiences, challenges, and opportunities for improving diversity, equity, and engagement (DEE) efforts to better support and serve staff and clients. Organizations will be selected to present their case during a session, to allow for dialogue, feedback, and guidance from other participants and experts on how their organization can advance DEE in the specific case scenario presented.
  • Surveys – Participating organizations will also be asked to complete post-session surveys and an end of year evaluation to assist the planning team in regularly improving and updating learning and engagement methods during this ECHO and for future ECHOs.

When do sessions occur?

  • Session 1: Diverse and Equitable Hiring Practices See Session Slides
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12-1:30pm ET
  • Session 2: Creating a Safe and Secure Environment for Staff and Clients See Session Slides
    Monday, March 22, 2021, 2-3:30pm ET
  • Session 3: Impact of Bias, Racism, and Trauma on Behavioral Health Disparities: Strategies to Improve Outcomes and Engagement in Care See Session Slides
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11:30-1pm ET
  • Session 4: Reducing Moral Injury Through Supervision See Session Slides
    Thursday, May 20, 2021, 2-3:30pm ET ET
  • Session 5: Involving clients and staff in decision-making processes
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12-1:30pm ET
  • Session 6: Engaging your team to prevent, identify, and support Compassion Fatigue
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 11:30-1pm ET

Who should apply?

In order for an organization to truly benefit from this ECHO and gather the information needed to implement sustainable change, it is encouraged that organizations apply for this opportunity and attend each session as a team. We recommend that teams should be made up of members who represent diverse roles and identities (mixture of administrators, managers, direct service providers, and diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, etc.).

Team Leads should complete the application form on behalf of all members of their organization who are interested in participating in this ECHO. The Team Lead should be someone designated to be the main point of contact and an individual who can drive implementation/impact from the ECHO.

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest in this program. The application period has closed.

Still have questions? Please email integration@thenationalcouncil.org if you have questions.

Thank you for your interest in this program. This ECHO series has now concluded. You can find the links to all of the session recordings and slides below. 

Why Team-Based Care?

Team-Based Care (TBC) is an essential element for all integrated health care settings and organizations. Research shows that TBC not only improves patient outcomes like improved symptoms, quality of life and satisfaction, but it can also reduce burnout and improve staff capacity and experience which in turn reduces medical errors and gaps in service.

What will you gain by participating?

The goal of this ECHO series is to engage a group of behavioral healthcare providers and organizations in meaningful peer-to-peer learning, through sharing successes and barriers as well as skill building capacity as it relates to the implementation and expansion of team-based care. With a team of experts and the release of the new report titled, Making the Case for High-functioning Team-Based Care in Behavioral Health Care Settings, organizations will build their knowledge of TBC key principles and learn the TBC model process and implementation elements.

Participant learning objectives:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the key components of an effective TBC model through didactic presentations
  • Participate in discussions with peers and experts to learn about successes, challenges, and sustainability as it relates to implementing the TBC model
  • Share TBC implementation experiences and receive feedback from peers and experts for continued improvement and implementation
  • Provide feedback to experts and evaluators on current successful models of TBC, as applicable, and participate in efforts to better understand effective TBC model components and fidelity elements
  • Access to tools and resources for implementing and/or scaling the TBC model within participant’s organizations

Are there requirements for participating?

There are no costs associated with participating in this ECHO series. We ask that you or a member from your organization participate in most, if not all, of the 10 sessions within the series. This will ensure that you and your team will get the most from this opportunity.

Session materials linked below:

Still have questions? Contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org

Thank you for your interest in this program. We have reached capacity, sign up here to be added to our waiting list.

Lead: Weitzman Institute

Weitzman ECHO Childhood Trauma in the COVID-19 Era will work on what we know about trauma and its impact on youth, families, schools, and providers and assist participants with putting plans into motion using today’s resources.

This 6-month program will meet twice monthly to connect primary care medical, behavioral health, and school-based health providers over Zoom videoconferencing to a community of peers and subject-matter experts. Each one-hour session will consist of a brief didactic presentation on key issues followed by real patient cases with actionable recommendations.

Program Objectives:

  • Equip primary care medical, behavioral health, and school-based health providers with strategies for addressing how to identify trauma in child and adolescent populations
  • Review common therapies and treatment approaches for patients who have experienced trauma
  • Provide space for participants to reflect on the burnout, compassion fatigue, and trauma being experienced by providers
  • Share best practices on how to communicate with patients, families, and schools in a virtual environment
  • Develop a trauma-informed work climate
  • Create awareness of trauma-informed work with different populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ, etc.)

Are there any requirements for participation?

This program is supported by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and participation is available at no cost for primary care medical (PCPs) and behavioral health providers. However, participants should review the Weitzman ECHO Terms of Participation and are expected to attend a majority of the sessions, submit at least one case for recommendations, and share their webcam on the live sessions if they have one available. We will be accepting up to 80 participants to this program on a first come first serve basis- so sign up now! We will be creating a waiting list for potential future iterations of the program.

When do sessions occur?

Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 12PM – 1PM ET/9AM – 10AM PT beginning January 15th and running through the end of June 2021

How do I join the live sessions? (Do I need any special equipment?)

Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection, phone (audio only), and smartphone.

How do I sign up?

Thank you for your interest in this program. We have reached capacity for this cohort and enrollment is now closed. You are welcome to sign up here to be added to our waiting list in the event that seats open up or we run additional cohorts in the future.

For more information, contact: Lindsey Lehet, Program Specialist at lehetl@chc1.com.


Thank you for your interest in this program. We have reached capacity, sign up here to be added to our waiting list.

Lead: Weitzman Institute

In the midst of the opioid epidemic, other substance use disorders may be overlooked by our healthcare system. Weitzman ECHO Alcohol & Smoking will address two of America’s major silent killers. This 6-month program will meet twice monthly to connect primary care medical and behavioral health providers over Zoom videoconferencing to a community of peers and subject-matter experts. Each one-hour session will consist of a brief didactic presentation on key issues followed by real patient cases with actionable recommendations.

What will I gain by attending?

This ECHO will equip primary care medical and behavioral health providers with strategies for addressing problematic alcohol and tobacco use in their patients using an integrated approach. We will cover topics including advanced strategies for motivational interviewing, epidemiology and screening, medication assisted treatment, trauma-informed care, and alcohol and smoking use in special populations such as youth and the elderly. Understand these silent killers and learn how to work with your patients both with and without a diagnosed addiction. Present your challenging cases for expert recommendations and connect to peers nationally.

Are there any requirements for participation?

This program is supported by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and participation is available at no cost for primary care medical (PCPs) and behavioral health providers. However, participants should review the Weitzman ECHO Terms of Participation and are expected to attend a majority of the sessions, submit at least one case for recommendations, and share their webcam on the live sessions if they have one available.

When do sessions occur?

Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 11AM – 12PM ET/8AM – 9AM PT beginning on September 18th and running through the beginning of January 2021.

How do I join the live sessions? (Do I need any special equipment?)

Weitzman ECHO sessions are held virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing. Access is available on any computer with an internet connection, phone (audio only), and smartphone.

How do I sign up?

Thank you for your interest in this program. We have reached capacity for this cohort and enrollment is now closed. You are welcome to sign up here to be added to our waiting list in the event that seats open up or we run additional cohorts in the future.

For more information, contact: Lindsey Lehet, Program Specialist at lehetl@chc1.com.

 

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