The ECHO model: Moving knowledge, not people.
Project ECHO transforms the way education and knowledge are delivered to reach more people in rural and underserved communities. This low-cost, high impact intervention is done through the application of the ECHO learning loop - linking interdisciplinary specialist teams with multiple primary care providers through teleECHO programs. The specialist teams mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care providers to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.
At Arizona State University, our mission mirrors that of the larger Project ECHO community throughout the world - to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world.
Our role within Project ECHO
Our efforts in fulfilling this mission are through two concentrated efforts:
- Launching ASU ECHO Initiatives: To serve both the ASU community and the community at large, ASU ECHO will launch and host various teleECHO clinics based on the specialized expertise found among ASU faculty.
- Facilitating ECHO Initiatives with Community Partners: ASU ECHO works with community partners to facilitate the launch and operation of community-led ECHO initiatives throughout the state.
Opportunities for faculty to be involved or launch their own ECHO
ASU Project ECHO welcomes all CHS faculty and staff to consider the ECHO model as a workforce development and dissemination platform for improving healthcare in our community. ECHO programs typically form around healthcare topics that improve patient care, access, and satisfaction, but the model can also be used in other fields, such as education. Examples of current ASU ECHO programs include:
- Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
- Palliative Care
- Human Trafficking
- Telepractice for Early Childhood Professionals
As an official replicating partner of the ECHO Institute, ASU Project ECHO has a contractual agreement in place to ensure fidelity standards set by the ECHO Institute are met by every ASU ECHO program. For this reason, all ASU ECHO programs should be planned and launched with the oversight and assistance of ASU Project ECHO.
Ideally, when possible, new ECHO programs should be sufficiently resourced through funding from community, research or grant partners. By directing a portion of the resources to ASU’s Project ECHO team, your new ECHO program will have consultation, technical assistance, and administrative support from CHS Project ECHO staff. This will include, but is not limited to: assistance with program design, program launch, participant recruitment, evaluation of your program, and other critical tasks.
Steps to launch a new ECHO program
- Complete an initial interest form.
- Meet with ASU Project ECHO to discuss your idea.
- If applicable, provide documentation of sufficient (financial) resources to launch your program.
- Await a decision from the Project ECHO Standards Committee on the acceptance of your program application.
- If accepted, work in tandem with the ASU Project ECHO team to successfully launch and sustain your program.
Typically, the expected timeline from program approval to launch of a new ECHO is approximately six months. This time frame allows for full development of the hub team of subject matter experts, a robust implementation and evaluation plan, and adequate marketing time to the intended audience.
Please visit the Project ECHO website to learn more about how to launch a new hub, register for a session observation, or contact ASU Project ECHO for more information.