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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.

 

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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.

 

MCN’s ECHO Projects

Currently, MCN runs three ECHO projects. Each one meets either monthly or bimonthly depending on participant need and availability.

  1. Next Step: An ECHO project for Medical Directors focused on clinical leadership at Federally Qualified Health Centers;
  2. Diabetes Self-Management: MCN supports community health workers (CHWs) and clinicians to better integrate diabetes self-management for vulnerable populations.
  3. Zika ECHO Clinic, Puerto Rico: In partnership with the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association, MCN created this effective way for Puerto Rico primary care clinicians  to address the Zika outbreak.

 

 

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Straight To The Frontlines: Diabetes & Hypertension Experts Engage Directly with Community Health Workers in MCN’s Newest Project ECHO

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.

 

Here is a brief summary of the series’ topics and presenters.

 

 

 

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Project ECHO Highlight: Zika ECHO Clinic, Puerto Rico

MCN’s newest Project ECHO addresses the Zika virus at the primary care level in Puerto Rico, where clinicians throughout the island are grappling with how to best manage patients exposed to and diagnosed with the now-widespread virus. In close partnership with Daniel Ramos, MPHE, the Director of MCN’s ECHO project in Puerto Rico and the Director of Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, MCN is supporting seven clinics throughout the island. Clinicians meet once a month to learn how the virus is affecting nearby communities and how clinicians are addressing problems in diagnosis and treatment. Through this project, MCN brings experts in the field together, provides a space and time for clinicians to share resources, strategies and information, and creates networking and collaboration solutions. For information specifically about the MCN Zika ECHO clinic please contact Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH. 

Learn More

Visit the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico Primary Care Association at www.saludprimariapr.org. Learn about Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico’s ECHO page at echo.unm.edu

 

 

 

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