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Apr 29, 2019
ECHO Colorado Welcomes Kaylee Ortega as full-time project coordinator
Kaylee joined ECHO Colorado in October 2018 as a part-time project associate—a job that will transition to full-time project coordinator following her graduation from Colorado School …
Kaylee joined ECHO Colorado in October 2018 as a part-time project associate—a job that will transition to full-time project coordinator following her graduation from Colorado School of Public Health in May 2019, when she will earn her master’s in public health with concentration in community and behavioral health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado Boulder with a double major in integrative physiology and ethnic studies. Kaylee is a Student Leader in Public Health awardee, a scholarship offered by the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) to assist with public health field placement and faculty-student collaborative projects with the goal of enhancing the public health workforce in the Rocky Mountain region.
Kaylee was looking for a way to expand her skill set and ECHO Colorado represented the opportunity to work in many areas of public health. Virtual collaboration presented a new, interesting way to gain new experience. She enjoys interacting with people in a variety of areas who are affected by public health topics. Her career goals include creating collaborative solutions that move underserved communities towards greater health equity.
Born in New York City, Kaylee and her family moved to southwest Denver when she was in middle school. She spends most of her free time with her parents, who are from Mexico, which allows her to enjoy and expand her cultural roots.
ECHO Colorado is happy to introduce our new Program Manager, Julia Wigert. Julia comes from the Colorado Department of Education, where she served as a school psychology specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit for five years. During her time there, Julia provided training and resources to educators and school mental health providers across the state in supporting students with disabilities and mental health challenges. She managed multiple projects targeting school mental health and behavior, and collaborated with state and local organizations to improve mental health support for students.
In her new role at ECHO Colorado, Julia will provide oversight of development and implementation efforts designed to support our mission. She will be responsible for leading the program development process, and for activities including goal setting, planning and ensuring the appropriate integration of other key perspectives including instructional design, marketing, evaluation and fiscal management.
MetaECHO 2019, held this month in Albuquerque, brought together more than 700 members of the worldwide ECHO movement — all committed to the collective goal of touching one billion lives by 2025. ECHO Colorado staff joined global health policy experts, government officials, academic leaders, funders, friends and Project ECHO’s partner teams for an inspiring three-day conference. Multiple sessions and presentations explored the infinite possibilities of future technology, growth strategies, and expanded use of the ECHO model, and celebrated the progress and contributions of the entire MetaECHO community from around the world. Networking opportunities allowed us to connect with ECHO program staff from around the globe to understand the all the ways in which the ECHO model is being utilized to affect health equity and improve lives.
Highlights included hearing from ECHO founder Sanjeev Arora on the increasing evidence supporting the use of the ECHO model and the strategy going forward, and a talk by keynote speaker Don Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on crossing the global healthcare quality chasm. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization joined via satellite from Geneva to discuss the state of global health and where Project ECHO can have a significant impact. Our own assistant director Kory Thomas joined a panel discussing how to build a statewide ECHO strategy using partnerships, and executive director Fred Thomas took part in a discussion on using the ECHO model to improve pre-K through 12 educational outcomes.
The ECHO Colorado team had a great time networking, attending and presenting at sessions, reviewing and presenting posters, joining panels and enjoying Albuquerque cuisine!