Since 2018, Migrant Clinicians Network along with HRSA has provided a unique opportunity for community health workers, case managers, outreach workers, health educators, and other support members of the care team who work directly with patients in Federally Qualified Heath Centers, to learn more about the treatment of diabetes as it relates to the migrant and immigrant farmworker/patient population. This highly sought after and highly rated series is returning in 2023.
MCN’s yearly ECHO Diabetes series will begin in March, 2023. The 6-part series, presented exclusively in Spanish, will provide a forum to address a wide variety of topic areas within diabetes treatment and self-management including issues due to social barriers, more in-depth clinical education in addressing the development of diabetes and complications associated with a diabetes diagnosis, accessibility to various treatments and utilization of community resources.
Since its inception, MCN’s ECHO Diabetes series has incorporated the ECHO model, developed by the University of New Mexico, to facilitate discussions led by faculty, guest presenters, and participants themselves. As the series moves forward, participants will develop relationships with one another and with faculty members, have access to resources, guides, patient education materials, slides, and most importantly the knowledge of others’ experiences in their ongoing efforts to provide meaningful care around diabetes management in migrant and immigrant patient populations.
The series will be facilitated by Martha R. Alvarado, Manager Online Education & Evaluation with Lois Wessel, DNP, FNP-BC serving as clinical faculty for the series and a number of content experts as guest presenters.
Martha Alvarado, BS
Martha Alvarado joined Migrant Clinicians Network in 2015 and is the Program Manager of Online Education and Evaluation. For the last 4 years, Martha has coordinated and been an integral part of the implementation of MCN's "ECHO Diabetes and Hypertension" Spanish series. These series are designed specifically for community health workers and promotoras de salud in rural and underserved areas to help address the specific needs of the populations they serve. Martha plays a key role in the coordination, development, and delivery of MCN's virtual and face-to-face trainings across all programs. She is bilingual (English and Spanish).
Lois Wessel, DNP, FNP-BC
Lois Wessel, DNP is a family nurse practitioner who focuses on caring for the underserved. She is bilingual (English - Spanish) and works clinically with immigrant communities. She has experience training providers in the areas of oral health, health literacy, environmental health, group medical appointments, rural health, and team-based care.
MCN highly encourages promotores de salud/ community health workers, health educators, case managers, patient advocates, outreach workers, and any support staff who work directly with patients in a Federally Qualified Health Center to apply. MCN is now accepting applications to participate in our 2023 ECHO Diabetes series and will assess the first 100 applications received. Once 100 applications are received, the application will be closed. We will be accepting approximately 35 participants to take part in our 2023 series.
Applications will be reviewed based on:
1) the applicant’s role within the health center,
2) interest in participating,
3) ability to attend most if not all sessions,
4) willingness to complete all homework assignments including any surveys, evaluations, or polls.
Participants are expected to not only engage in each session, but bring forth case studies, and offer input. Interaction between faculty and participants is key to building a community of learning where challenges and successful practices can be shared. There will be a homework component for some of the sessions and all materials including recordings, Power Point presentations, guides, and other resources will be shared with individuals that make up the 2023 cohort.
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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,324,598.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.