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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Nov 26, 2019

The Word is Out! School Nurses Love ECHO Colorado

Following the launch of the School Health (SH) ECHO Colorado program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, several SH team members had the opportunity to serve as ECHO …

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Following the launch of the School Health (SH) ECHO Colorado program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, several SH team members had the opportunity to serve as ECHO exhibitors at the annual 2018 and 2019 Colorado Association of School Nurses conference.  The goal was to disseminate ECHO Colorado materials and educate conference attendees about how ECHO can benefit school nurses across Colorado. The difference in the exhibitor experience between these two years was striking.  In 2018, most conference attendees who visited the ECHO table had never heard of ECHO Colorado. However, in 2019, the vast majority of school nurses we spoke with did, in fact, know what ECHO is, had already attended one of the school health series, and enthusiastically asked what future series were on the horizon.  What we learned: The word is out … School nurses LOVE participating in ECHO series!

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Oct 30, 2019

Mental Health Colorado Presentations Highlighted Severe School Nurse Shortage

ECHO Colorado Project Coordinator Karen Shimamoto had the opportunity to attend presentations on school nurse programs across the state given by Mental Health Colorado on October …

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ECHO Colorado Project Coordinator Karen Shimamoto had the opportunity to attend presentations on school nurse programs across the state given by Mental Health Colorado on October 24 at the University of Denver. The information shared helped her better understand the current landscape of health care professionals in schools. She learned that the recommended ratio of school nurses to students is 1:750 and that currently, the ratio of school nurses to students in Colorado is 1:1,432.

Karen works closely with the School Health Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) to support professional development for school nurses in Colorado. School nurses have the unique, complex, and often times thankless job of coordinating care to improve whole child health. Learning about the severe shortage of school nurses and resources across the state, Karen is proud to be a part of the joint effort between ECHO Colorado and the School Health Program at CHCO to support this sector of healthcare, the professional development of school nurses, and to better improve the lives of K-12 students across the state.

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Oct 24, 2019

Three opportunities to learn about healthcare for transgender communities coming in 2020

Registration is open for the Third Annual Transforming Health Summit, the first in Colorado to bridge clinical care, behavioral health, and public health to better serve …

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Registration is open for the Third Annual Transforming Health Summit, the first in Colorado to bridge clinical care, behavioral health, and public health to better serve transgender and gender diverse communities. Hosted by Denver Health’s LGBTQ Center of Excellence and Denver Public Health on January 11 at the Colorado Convention Center, this Summit aims to create opportunities to share information, efforts, and best practices around transgender and gender diverse care across the lifespan by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care. The Summit will bring together clinicians, nurses, educators, social workers and healthcare administrators to improve affirming healthcare for transgender and gender diverse communities. Sessions will be led by experts in the field specializing in transgender and gender diverse focused care throughout the state of Colorado. Register here.

ECHO Colorado is partnering with Denver Health’s LGBTQ Center of Excellence and University of Colorado’s School of Medicine to offer two ECHO series in 2020 aimed at improving healthcare for transgender and gender diverse communities. Creating Transgender Affirming Health Care Systems, running February 4 – March 10, 2020, will provide knowledge and tools that organizations can use to build systems of transgender affirming care in health care settings. Register here.

The second series, Comprehensive Care for Transgender Patients, is a monthly opportunity beginning January 30, 2020 that will support clinical providers interested in improving care for transgender and gender non-binary patients. Participants will increase their knowledge and confidence in providing gender-affirming care including routine primary care, hormone therapy management, surgical options and supporting mental health. Sign up for updates on this series here

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Oct 2, 2019

Epidemiology Grand Rounds on October 7 Featuring John F. “Fred” Thomas, PHD

John F. “Fred” Thomas, PhD, will present “Transforming Care for the 21st Century and Measuring Outcomes According to the Quadruple Aim” on Monday, October 7, 12:00 …

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John F. “Fred” Thomas, PhD, will present “Transforming Care for the 21st Century and Measuring Outcomes According to the Quadruple Aim” on Monday, October 7, 12:00 – 1:00 PM at Education 2 North, Room 1206 on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Over the past decade, the cost of medical care has continued to increase dramatically without corresponding increases in health outcomes. ECHO Colorado is an Anschutz campus innovation that fosters the testing of different aspects of the healthcare spectrum, aiming to improve the health of Colorado.

John F. “Fred” Thomas, PhD, is a healthcare/health policy educator, system designer and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in public health advocacy, eHealth innovation and model development. He is currently the director of ECHO Colorado as well as the director of Telehealth Services for Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has academic appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine in the Colorado School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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