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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.

The application period for this ECHO has closed.

Lead: Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions 

The goal of this ECHO series is to provide participants with the opportunity to recognize challenges to receiving optimal care in rural health areas and gain knowledge to support organizational efforts to address these challenges through equitable, culturally sensitive, integrated health care solutions. Through this 6-month program, participants will have the chance to engage with other rural health provider organizations and experts in the field through peer-to-peer learning and expert-led discussions on improving health disparities within rural communities, including workforce shortages, access to care, and social determinants of health, 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.

Participants in the learning collaborative will:

  • Understand and describe Structural Urbanism and be able to recognize its effects in their own rural communities on how healthcare services are delivered.
  • Recognize the social determinants of health that shape health outcomes in rural areas and describe opportunities to address them.
  • Identify and discuss solutions to address the current workforce shortage within their communities and to improve recruitment and retention of staff working within integrated care settings.
  • Identify and discuss solutions to improve access to comprehensive and integrated care services within their communities, specifically to support those with severe and persistent mental illness and those with substance use challenges.
  • Begin to implement, or plan to implement, innovative solutions and improvements as an organization within their communities to address the highest barriers to providing integrated care services.
  • Gather useful information, guidance, and support from other rural health experts and organizations involved in this ECHO to identify best practices and innovative solutions to address health service barriers in rural communities.

Please reach out to us at integration@thenationalcouncil.org for more information. 

The application period for this ECHO has closed.

Lead: University of South Alabama (USA)

Interested in learning how to better integrate substance use treatment services into primary care settings? The CoE is pleased to announce the new free University of South Alabama (USA) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) teleECHOTM. We will use proven adult learning techniques, interactive video technology and the ECHO Model to connect YOU — a community provider — with specialists at centers of excellence in real-time collaborative sessions 

The goal of the USA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) teleECHOTM series is to create a collaborative of providers and experts dedicated to increasing knowledge and awareness of treating SUDs. Through this 6-month program, participants will have the chance to engage with other community health provider organizations in peer-to-peer learning and discussions around integration for SUD treatment in primary care settings. This virtual learning environment aims to increase the frontline capacity to provide the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy to dispel myths around SUD practices and strategies. 

The USA SUD teleECHO™ is: 

  • Collaborative — This is an opportunity for primary care and mental health and substance use treatment providers to collaborate and be involved in a telementoring model. 
  • Inclusive — This model supports providers who are already providing integrated health care, those partially providing integrated health care or those interested in providing integrated health care in the future. 
  • Accessible — There will be six 90-minute monthly sessions with an expert panel that will mentor community health care providers through Zoom. 
  • Interactive — All participants will engage in a case presentation portion that mimics grand rounds.  
  • Beneficial — Your patients will benefit from high-quality substance use health services from local people they know and trust. 

Please reach out to us at integration@thenationalcouncil.org for more information. 

This ECHO has concluded. Session presentations can be accessed here. For more information, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Lead: Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions

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, organizational teams 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.

This ECHO has concluded. Session recordings and presentations can be accessed here. For more information, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Lead: Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions

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 Team-based Care (TBC) key principles and learn the TBC model process and implementation elements.

This ECHO has concluded. For more information, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Lead: Weitzman Institute

Weitzman ECHO Childhood Trauma in the COVID-19 Era is focused on 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 met 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.

This ECHO has concluded. For more information, please contact integration@thenationalcouncil.org.

Lead: Weitzman Institute
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. Topics covered included 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. 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.

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