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MCN’S Project ECHO

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MCN Project Echo

Migrant Clinicians Network has spearheaded a number of ECHO projects to best utilize limited resources to effectively address the health needs of populations in rural and underserved areas, in areas where both health care accessibility and specialty care for patients, and educational opportunities and networking for clinicians are limited.

 

What is the ECHO model?

Project ECHO is an innovative learning and knowledge sharing platform developed by the University of New Mexico Project ECHO. Through teleconferencing, telehealth technology, and clinical management tools, Project ECHO provides training, guidance, mentoring, and networking for clinicians in underserved areas, to help build speciality care capacity in the primary care model.

The ECHO model develops knowledge and capacity among community clinicians through:

  1. Case-based learning: Using case studies, expert specialists lead clinicians through cases they may encounter regarding the health concern at hand.
  2. Knowledge networks: Regularly scheduled teleclinics, led by expert specialists and community partners, provide opportunities for ongoing dialogue and troubleshooting over time.
  3. Learning loops: Clinicians encountering similar situations in the exam room can share their best practices and co-manage diverse patients in real world situations and practice.

 

project echo diabetes and hypertension

Straight To The Frontlines: Diabetes & Hypertension Experts Engage Directly with Community Health Workers

Clinicians, researchers, and public health experts are producing important data on diabetes in the US and uncovering promising strategies to confront the chronic concern that plagues almost ten percent of the population. Meanwhile, community health workers, or promotores de salud, are actively engaging with people struggling to get their diabetes and hypertension under control. As the frontline workers and active members of the community, CHWs often provide respectful, culturally competent education and support directly to patients. Consequently, CHWs play a key role in empowering communities to shift habits to support better diabetes control.

MCN’s most recent Project ECHO, a six-month endeavor sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) sought to connect the two groups -- top-line experts and researchers and on-the-ground CHWs -- to bring about better, faster outcomes for the nation’s millions of people suffering from diabetes and/or hypertension by improving their skills.  The 2018 virtual peer learning series, with 27 participants representing eight community health centers, was entirely in Spanish and invitation-only based on an application process targeting CHWs from centers with patient populations struggling to lower their hemoglobin A1C and manage chronic diseases. The series was facilitated by Alma Galván, MHC, Senior Program Manager for  Migrant Clinicians Network.

 

Check back here for new sessions coming in late 2019 and early 2020.

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