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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Sep 30, 2018

Congratulations to CDPHE for Receiving CDC’S 1817 Program Award

The ECHO Colorado team congratulates all those who contributed to the application for CDC’s 1817 program: Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and …

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The ECHO Colorado team congratulates all those who contributed to the application for CDC’s 1817 program: Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke. CDPHE was approved to work under both Category A (Diabetes) and Category B (Cardiovascular Disease).

Receiving this award is a major accomplishment and will enable the organization to move forward with the important projects proposed under this funding. ECHO Colorado is excited to collaborate with CDPHE within the scope of these projects and looks forward to supporting its initiative for prevention and management.

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Sep 21, 2018

Southwestern AHEC makes National AHEC news with Lupus Initiative

ACR’S Small Group Provider Sessions on Lupus:  Southwestern Colorado AHEC’s perspective Southwestern Colorado partnered with ECHO Colorado (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) to hold a learning …

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ACR’S Small Group Provider Sessions on Lupus:  Southwestern Colorado AHEC’s perspective
Southwestern Colorado partnered with ECHO Colorado (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) to hold a learning series on lupus.  ECHO sessions are virtual and interactive, which made it easier for providers in rural Colorado to participate and gave them the opportunity to bring their own cases to the discussion.

Kathleen McInnis, SWCAHEC’s Executive Director, shares her thoughts on this innovative format:

“As a member of the board for ECHO Colorado, I have learned a lot about “how to ECHO.” Over the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to watch and learn how an ECHO is built from the ground up through collaboration with many ECHO experts. The program coordinator, curriculum developer, and medical director all worked with me to design a “Lupus ECHO” to address the needs of primary care providers in rural Southwest Colorado. The bi-directional, video-based program was designed to consider rural primary care providers’ busy schedules and bring them together to learn from one another, regardless of physical location.

The full lupus curriculum provided by the American College of Rheumatology was divided into four, 1-hour sessions, which were held over lunch. Providers could participate from their office, from home, with their phones or tablets, anywhere they had an internet connection. One provider was a mom with a new baby and she participated from her living room while the baby was napping!

Each weekly agenda brought together specialists and PCPs to learn from one another through an expert panel presentation, a patient experience shared by a guest speaker who is living with lupus, and 30 minutes of facilitated discussion and Q&A to engage participants and enhance learning.  Participants were encouraged to bring and present about de-identified cases to learn from one another.

There are several advantages to using the ECHO model:

  • Participants can join from anywhere, making it easy to participate despite very busy schedules
  • Participants become educators by sharing their own cases and personal experiences
  • Participants learn new clinical practice strategies which can be utilized right away
  • Participants leave with more than increased knowledge. They have increased confidence to apply what they learned to the care they provide to their patients. 

We received very positive feedback from the providers, all of whom appreciated being able to participate in quality sessions without leaving town. Through the adaption of ACR’s Small Group Provider Sessions on Lupus to the Project ECHO model, we were able to more effectively recruit providers. The virtual format made it easier for providers to participate, and therefore more providers in our area were willing and able to dedicate their time to learn about lupus, which in turn, led to a more engaging and successful session.”

 

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Aug 28, 2018

Summer Quarterly 2018

View and share the ECHO Colorado Summer Quarterly. If you haven’t already, get the next quarterly straight to your inbox, coming Mid-November.   …

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View and share the ECHO Colorado Summer Quarterly.

If you haven’t already, get the next quarterly straight to your inbox, coming Mid-November.

 

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Jun 23, 2018

ECHO Colorado Visits San Luis Valley AHEC

We were thrilled to spend some quality time in the San Luis Valley with the newest AHEC Executive Director, Eric Stevens, and his wonderful team. Kory …

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We were thrilled to spend some quality time in the San Luis Valley with the newest AHEC Executive Director, Eric Stevens, and his wonderful team. Kory and Halley (and Halley’s son Jude, pictured left) spent time learning about the Valley needs and initiatives while sharing ideas and brainstorming opportunities where ECHO could be a valuable resource to the local communities. 

In efforts to deepen connections and understand the challenges the valley faces, ECHO Colorado was also introduced to partners at both Valley-Wide Health Systems and the Rio Grande Hospital.

We look forward to continuing our relationships in the San Luis Valley and had a great time getting to know the wonderful folks that give so much to their community!

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