To ECHO is to learn, to share,
to engage and to connect.

While the idea is pretty straightforward, making an ECHO happen takes some work. Every ECHO involves three groups: a presenting expert, a panel and participating professionals. The ECHO Colorado team is there behind the scenes to help make it all happen. Even before the first ECHO session is held, we work with presenters and panelists to make sure information is well organized and presented clearly and concisely. We also work with participants to help them fully engage in the ECHO experience.

Each group has a role and brings something different to the table. The presenter delivers topic expertise for the session, with each panelist providing their own perspective, knowledge and understanding on the topic. Combined, the presenter and panelists’ expertise creates an extensive understanding of the ECHO series topic. Finally, the participants bring personal experience to the equation. The specific experiences they present transform the expert knowledge into real-world, applied learning.

In addition to expanding their knowledge and understanding, each group benefits in their own way. The ECHO presenter gains access to a unique platform for connecting with health professionals. The panelists get wider exposure in front of a highly targeted audience. The participants expand their skill set and ability to provide better care and services to their local community, all without incurring the expense or hassle of travel.

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How to ECHO and expand your knowledge

At ECHO Colorado, we understand the demands physicians, nurses and public health workers face and the cost and time challenges those create for your ability to stay current and connected. That’s why we’ve made it as simple as possible for you to ECHO, which includes using the Zoom video conferencing platform that allows you to ECHO from wherever you are. It’s also why there is no cost for participating in an ECHO series.

While we have made it easy to participate in an ECHO, it is more than just showing up the day of. We ask that every participant commit to the entire ECHO series. This typically means five to seven ECHO sessions, each lasting an hour. ECHO sessions are weekly, every other week or monthly and are scheduled at the same time each day.

In addition to your time, every ECHO participant commits to sharing their experience with the group.

To ECHO is to learn, so here are some Frequently
Asked Questions about ECHO Colorado

  • Where did the ECHO idea originate?
    ECHO Colorado is an adaptation of Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico. New Mexico’s ECHO effort has been replicated in numerous places
  • Where do the topics come from?
    ECHO Colorado works with public health and health care organizations to identify needs for education in Colorado. Our topic experts then design the series curricula.
  • Who is involved in the learning sessions?
    ECHO Colorado sessions include topic experts and 15 to 20 participants from across the state or region.
  • How much time is required for learners?
    The time commitment for learners varies across topics, but is typically 60 minutes for 5 weeks.
  • What is the cost?
    All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing their experience.
  • What equipment is needed?
    ECHO Colorado uses an internet-based video technology. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.
  • Is this only for MDs?
    Any health care professional who wants to engage around a topic, share their experience and learn from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome clinicians, patient navigators, nurses, pharmacists, and public health practitioners.
  • How can I be sure that the case presentation I share in a session remains confidential?
    Didactic portions of the sessions are recorded but the case study portions of the sessions will not be shared. Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are a safe and electronically secure place to share information.
  • Can I get continuing education credit for attending?
    Many of our sessions include credit for attending. The series description will indicate whether or not continuing education credit can be obtained.
  • How is ECHO Colorado governed?
    ECHO Colorado is governed by a 11-member board of directors. Board membership represents the wide and diverse constituencies of Colorado, including community‐based clinicians, state health agency leadership, public health organizations, and patient‐care organizations.

To ECHO, Let’s Zoom

ECHO Colorado uses the Zoom video software platform for all ECHO sessions. This allows everyone to interact live, in real time. Zoom is easy to use and requires low bandwidth.

The DIY Zoom Test Link

To test your Zoom connection on your own, click here.

ECHO on a desktop or laptop:
If this is your first time using Zoom, you’ll need to download and install the browser extension. Once you’ve done so, exit your browser and click here again.

ECHO on a tablet or smartphone:
Download the Zoom app, then enter “zoom.us/test” into your tablet/smartphone browser. Your device will prompt you to choose the Zoom app.

Visit the Zoom support pages to troubleshoot problems anytime, or reach out during our regular support hours.

SEE THE POWER OF ECHO FOR YOURSELF.

We can tell you all about how the ECHO model works, but the best way to understand its value is to ECHO for yourself. With series that cover topics for clinical and public health professionals, you’re sure to discover an ECHO that will help you expand your knowledge and skills.

GO FIND AN ECHO

IF YOU HAVE ECHO QUESTIONS,
WE CAN PROVIDE THE ANSWERS.

To ECHO is to expand your understanding, so if you need more information, click the button below and fill out the form. We are always happy to provide further information and answer any questions.

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