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With Project ECHO, the U.S. Army Takes a Team Approach to Combating Pain

Feb 11, 2014, 11:30 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

RWJF grantee Project ECHO is helping the U.S. Army treat service members all over the world who are suffering from chronic pain–a huge, complex, and growing problem for the military. Project ECHO is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that dramatically expands the capacity of primary care clinicians.

The lack of pain specialists in remote areas has been part of the challenge.  Now, primary care providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, are learning to fill this void through Project ECHO, bringing an integrated, holistic approach to pain management that includes massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga.  At ECHO “boot camps,” specialists and primary care providers learn how to work together as a team.

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora Talks Project ECHO with PBS New Mexico

Dec 19, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Dr. Sanjeev Arora, the social entrepreneur and creator of Project ECHO, sat down with PBS’ New Mexico in Focus to talk about how the medical education model is dramatically improving care across the state for some of its most vulnerable and underserved populations.

In this in-depth interview with PBS’ Gene Grant, host of New Mexico in Focus, Dr. Arora describes how Project ECHO is helping primary care clinicians and community health workers manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. He also reports on how Project ECHO is training a new wave of community-based addiction specialists to combat opiate addiction in New Mexico.

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora Presents Project ECHO at TEDx Albuquerque

Oct 3, 2013, 5:00 PM, Posted by Nancy Barrand

Project ECHO is working to improve health care for underserved populations all over the world, and to do it fast,” Dr. Arora said during his TEDx presentation in Albuquerque last month. With more than 2,000 people in the room, Dr. Arora described how the ECHO model began in rural New Mexico and how it is quickly spreading around the globe to help clinicians on the front lines of care learn new skills and do more for more patients. Watch Dr. Arora’s TEDx presentation and hear his vision for the future.

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Turning Disconnects Into Opportunities

Jun 28, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Wendy Yallowitz

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During my time as a social worker working with our most vulnerable older Americans, I saw firsthand just how much skilled nursing facilities need to do every day to care for our loved ones. Providing that care is always rewarding, but never easy. Residents come and go, and their care needs change daily. Beds go unfilled. Activities go unattended. Food goes uneaten.

While concentrating on providing care to this vulnerable population, we miss out on an opportunity to easily help so many other vulnerable Americans. Every year, nursing facilities let millions of dollars’ worth of medicine that many low-income patients desperately need go to waste.

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Disruptive Innovation: Conversation with Nancy Barrand and Dr. Sanjeev Arora

Jun 25, 2013, 3:43 PM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio partnered with Changemakers to launch a competition in 2007 that sought out disruptive innovations in health and health care. Influenced by the thinking of Clay Christensen, the competition asked applicants to submit sustainable ideas that have the potential to systemically transform health and health care, and change the world.

In this post, which originally appeared on Ashoka Changemakers, Nancy Barrand, a senior adviser for program development at RWJF, and Dr. Sanjeev Arora, a competition winner and the visionary behind Project ECHO, talk about how — because of the Changemakers competition — Project ECHO captured RWJF’s attention as a disruptive innovation and an example of the type of ideas that Barrand and her colleagues on the Pioneer Portfolio continue to seek today.

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