Expanding Workforce Capacity
Project ECHO serves as an operating platform for upgrading the health care workforce so that clinicians on the front lines of care can learn new skills and do more for more patients,” says Nancy Barrand, senior adviser for program development.
Project ECHO is a model for lifelong medical learning and collaborative practice that links front-line primary care clinicians with specialist care teams at university medical centers to manage patients who have chronic conditions requiring complex care. It is transforming the way medical knowledge is shared and translated into everyday practice – and, in the process, enabling thousands of people in remote and medically underserved communities to get care they couldn’t easily get before, if at all.
Sanjeev Arora, a liver disease specialist and social entrepreneur at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, created Project ECHO initially as a way to expand access to hepatitis C treatment. Since its launch in 2003, the ECHO model has spread rapidly, with implementations for a variety of conditions – from mental illness to chronic pain to high-risk pregnancy – at nearly a dozen partner sites. The newly launched ECHO Institute, supported by a two-year, $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working to spread ECHO, both nationally and globally.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG
- Project Echo Promise Story
- Changing the World, Fast: Dr. Sanjeev Arora at TEDxABQ
- Project Echo: A Revolutionary Model for Expanding Access to Specialized Care
- Origin Stories: Project Echo
News and published research from Project ECHO
To bridge the disconnect between specialized medical knowledge confined to academic medical centers from the clinicians on the front lines of patient care, medical knowledge must be demonopolized. Learn how Project ECHO demonopolizes specialized medical knowledge and expertise, and increases access to care in rural and underserved areaRead more
A Workforce That Can Do More: Project ECHO at Ten Years Brings Behavioral Health Care to Underserved Areas
Our workforce needs to be upgradable, and Project ECHO is the operating platform we need to make that happen, writes RWJF senior vice president John Lumpkin on the Health Affairs GrantWatch blog.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the first nationwide implementation of Project ECHO as a way to bring high-quality, complex care to veterans across the VA system, regardless of where they live.Read more
Project Echo on Pioneering Ideas
- With Project ECHO, the U.S. Army Takes a Team Approach to Combating Pain February 11, 2014 | Blog Post
- Dr. Sanjeev Arora Talks Project ECHO with PBS New Mexico December 19, 2013 | Blog Post
- Dr. Sanjeev Arora Presents Project ECHO at TEDx Albuquerque October 3, 2013 | Blog Post
- Disruptive Innovation: Conversation with Nancy Barrand and Dr. Sanjeev Arora June 25, 2013 | Blog Post
- Viewpoint: Creating Centers of Lifelong Learning October 22, 2012 | Blog Post