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Alaska Project ECHO

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a group healthcare provider tele-mentoring program, originally developed at University of New Mexico. It builds the capacity of clinical and support health teams to manage common and complex conditions/issues typically referred for specialty services. Specialists and experts connect to clinicians and health teams in interactive video sessions and share evidence-based approaches to manage complex conditions/issues.

Project ECHO sessions typically last one hour, and include a 15-20 minute practical, process-oriented didactic presentation by a specialist, followed by case-based learning with specialists and peers. All cases are de-identified and the presenting clinician maintains responsibility for care of any patients discussed. The Project ECHO model is distinct from telemedicine in which specialists consult remotely with primary care providers and/or manage patients.

Alaska has a growing number of Project ECHO sites that are collaborating and coordinating to provide virtual learning communities.  Project ECHO provides educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families, and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country. Alaska’s Project ECHO builds capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes. If you are interested in creating a project or contributing to a current topic, local resources are available. The State of Alaska facilitates access to health care through coordination of the state’s ECHO sites and leadership in health planning; contact Tricia Franklin or Rebekah Morisse.

Please follow the links below to find the most up-to-date information on ECHO topics, dates, times and contacts for professional development.

Current Alaska ECHO hosts and learning opportunities:

ANTHC Palliative Care ECHO – Twice per month 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Palliative Care TeleECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) promotes the delivery of palliative care services throughout the Alaska Tribal Health System in rural communities through the development of professional networks of learning, practice and collaboration through the telehealth network. View the ANTHC Palliative Care TeleECHO flier.

Benefits for joining Palliative Care TeleECHO:

  • Provide access to palliative care for rural patients with advanced serious illness;
  • Acquire new skills, competencies and best practices in palliative care;
  • Identify and address potential gaps in practice, services and equipment;
  • Assist with collaborative solutions to facilitate optimal patient care;
  • Support staff retention and increased professional satisfaction; and
  • Prevent provider burnout through self-care strategies and critical incident stress debriefing.

University of Alaska at Anchorage Center for Human Development Project ECHO:

The UAA ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect a team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers, other health services professionals, and community members. The discussions with, and mentoring from, specialists help equip participants to support individuals and their families with health and disabilities related needs in their home communities. ECHO hub and spoke knowledge-sharing networks create a learning loop:

  • Community participants learn from specialists;
  • Community participants learn from each other; and
  • Specialists learn from community participants as best practices emerge.

Behavior Analysis – Monthly on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Behavior Analysis ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to behavioral facilitators.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities – Twice per month at 12:00-1:30 pm.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to developmental and behavioral experts. 

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO takes the principles of ECHO and adds the components of interdisciplinary expertise, including the integration of parent expertise. Our interdisciplinary team includes a developmental pediatrician, child neuropsychologist, advanced nurse practitioner, licensed clinical social worker, and a parent advocate

Head Injury – Twice per month at 12:00-1:00 pm.

The Alaska Head Injury ECHO is a virtual learning network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to Head Injury experts, including a board certified brain injury specialist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, and peer advocate. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning and discuss complex Head Injury cases in your practice for real-time advice from experts. 

Pain and Opioid Management – Twice per month at 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm.

The ECHO for Pain and Opioid Management is a virtual learning network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to experts including a psychiatrist, addiction and emergency medicine physician, psychologist, family medicine physician, anesthesiologist, and pharmacist. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning where you can discuss complex cases in your practice for real-time advice from experts.

Family ECHO:   Challenging Behaviors – Twice per month at 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

The Family ECHO: Challenging Behaviors is a virtual learning network for family members and those supporting individuals with disabilities who also need higher support and care levels for challenging behaviors. Learn from field experts including other family members, social workers, behavior analysts, and parent navigators. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning where you can discuss complex situations for real-time advice from experts.