TO ECHO IS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS

At ECHO Colorado, we are passionate about what we do, and we are constantly working to spread the word. People around the state and beyond Colorado have taken notice. Here, you’ll find information on the exciting things that are going on with
ECHO Colorado.

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Jun 18, 2019

New AMA Policy Supports Project ECHO

mHealth Intelligence reported last week that the American Medical Association is supporting two telemedicine models that aim to improve provider education and patient access to care …

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mHealth Intelligence reported last week that the American Medical Association is supporting two telemedicine models that aim to improve provider education and patient access to care in rural and underserved communities. During its annual meeting, the AMA adopted a policy to encourage the implementation of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) and the Child Psychiatry Access Project (CPAP) by academic health centers and community-based primary care physicians. Project ECHO and CPAP use connected health technology to give primary care providers in remote areas access to resources, peer support and specialist consults to improve care management for their patients.

Project ECHO is being used in more than 170 locations in dozens of states and 34 countries, and is the subject of The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act of 2019 (ECHO Act), which was introduced in May 2019 by Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The ECHO Act seeks to expand federal funding and technical assistance. The AMA identified the Project ECHO model as a “promising strategy” to help the nation’s care providers improve pain care and treatment, which in turn would help in the effort to control the opioid abuse epidemic. 

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May 22, 2019

ECHO Colorado Partners at NNPHI Conference

The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) attended the National Network of Public Health Institutes …

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The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) attended the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on May 21, the only national meeting that supports and highlights the work of the nation’s public health institutes. NNPHI members lead conference programming that explores fresh concepts and strategies for supporting healthy communities at the local, state, and federal levels. Conference topics ranged from evidence-based public health, to strategies for bridging gaps between the public health system and the health care delivery system to inspiring new models, partnerships, and prospects in public health practice.

For ECHO Colorado Project Coordinator Michelle Guthrie and Shannon Kolman, Policy and Programs Director at CALPHO, it was an opportunity to share their experience with a national audience as they presented Distance Learning Approaches to Addressing Health Equity and Strategizing for Health Equity in Rural/Frontier Local Public Health Agencies Using a Distance Learning Approach, respectively. Michelle’s presentation addressed the question: Can distance training modalities effectively address complex public health issues such as health equity? Shannon discussed how equity is becoming the guiding public health framework.

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May 15, 2019

2019 ECHO Colorado Spring Quarterly

View and share the ECHO Colorado Spring Quarterly here or sign up for the Summer Quarterly coming in mid-August. …

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View and share the ECHO Colorado Spring Quarterly here or sign up for the Summer Quarterly coming in mid-August.

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May 10, 2019

ECHO Colorado attends the CCHN Opioid Summit

On May 8, Colorado Community Health Network brought together clinical, operations, and policy leaders from Colorado CHCs to share multi-perspective considerations around opioid use, prevention, stigma and …

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On May 8, Colorado Community Health Network brought together clinical, operations, and policy leaders from Colorado CHCs to share multi-perspective considerations around opioid use, prevention, stigma and treatment in Colorado. ECHO Colorado’s Marketing and Outreach Manager, Halley Hadfield, attended to provide opportunity around the upcoming learning series for Prenatal Substance Exposure and to be an active participant in the conversation around the need for more resources state-wide as well as identifying gaps in knowledge and services around opioid use disorder. 

Some memorable conference highlights and resources include:

  • Panel participants sharing personal stories to break the stigma in support of the Lift the Label Campaign 
  • CHI’s report out on the Colorado Landscape of Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Lisa Raville’s inspiring and eye-opening presentation on the Harm Reduction Approach and Impact 
  • Jennifer Miles, Frontline Public Affairs, and Representative Leslie Herod’s passionate Legislative and Policy Session that spoke to a new initiative in Denver, The Caring for Denver Foundation, which will distribute more than $35 million per year to fund mental health and addiction services for children and adults. 

 

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