The MetaECHO 2023 Global Conference (September 18-21 in Albuquerque) convened over 900 ECHO leaders, experts, staff, funders, global health policy experts, government officials, academic leaders and advocates from across the globe to hear world-renowned speakers, share cutting-edge research, network and increase the ECHO movement’s momentum toward sustainable change. Attendees shared valuable insights and accomplishments that the movement can harness for growth, and fostered community by bringing together hundreds of ECHO hubs to hear from experts, discuss best practices and share experiences.
We asked ECHO Colorado staff what was their one big take away from MetaECHO 2023:
My main takeaway from my time at MetaECHO is the incredible flexibility and adaptability of the ECHO model. As a relatively new member of ECHO Colorado, it was amazing to see the diversity of applications for the ECHO model. I learned about ECHO programs that covered topics from trauma care in Ukraine to veterinary education in Missouri to social prescribing in Northern Ireland!
~ Rachel Kollin, Evaluation
One thing that really came back with me from MetaECHO was just getting inspired by the work others are doing. One thing we are going to be working on right away is maintaining greater fidelity to the ECHO model, with greater emphasis on the idea of “All Teach, All Learn” that was emphasized throughout the conference.
~ Kyle Mattinson, Project Coordinator
My biggest take away was the realization about the diversity and unique topics offered by other ECHO hubs. I hadn’t considered using the ECHO model to assist with preceptorships for health science students. Seeing the support and resources provided to both the student and preceptor made me consider possible steps we could take in our own programming, expanding past educating clinicians and health professionals. I was also able to consider new opportunities for us to grow in accessibility for people with disabilities in our programming.
~ BreAnna Teeters, Project Coordinator
As someone who doesn’t work directly in ECHO programming, it was great to learn more about the model, and to see the impact that the model is making around the world. I remember the cancer plenary session when one of the doctors from Nepal mentioned how having a cancer ECHO helped their patients stay in Nepal to receive chemotherapy as opposed to having to be flown to India, which I think is huge!
~ Mayra Loera, Business Services
My one big takeaway from MetaECHO is that ECHO Colorado is really fortunate to have the funding and support that we do. There are ECHO programs being run around the country and world with far less. It is amazing to be a part of a global network doing truly innovative, inspiring and meaningful work that positively impacts millions of people around the world. It makes me proud to work for Project ECHO, specifically ECHO Colorado, and gives me the motivation to think about what more we can do for Colorado, even how we could support other ECHO programs with our amazing resources and capacity.
~Ashley Clark, Project Coordinator
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