Migrant Clinicians Network has spearheaded a number of ECHO projects to best utilize limited resources to effectively address the health needs of populations in rural and underserved areas, in areas where both health care accessibility and specialty care for patients, and educational opportunities and networking for clinicians are limited.
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What is the ECHO model?
Project ECHO is an innovative learning and knowledge sharing platform developed by the University of New Mexico Project ECHO. Through teleconferencing, telehealth technology, and clinical management tools, Project ECHO provides training, guidance, mentoring, and networking for clinicians in underserved areas, to help build speciality care capacity in the primary care model.
The ECHO model develops knowledge and capacity among community clinicians through:
- Case-based learning: Using case studies, expert specialists lead clinicians through cases they may encounter regarding the health concern at hand.
- Knowledge networks: Regularly scheduled teleclinics, led by expert specialists and community partners, provide opportunities for ongoing dialogue and troubleshooting over time.
- Learning loops: Clinicians encountering similar situations in the exam room can share their best practices and co-manage diverse patients in real world situations and practice.
MCN’s ECHO Projects
Currently, MCN runs three ECHO projects. Each one meets either monthly or bimonthly depending on participant need and availability.
- Next Step: An ECHO project for Medical Directors focused on clinical leadership at Federally Qualified Health Centers;
- Diabetes Self-Management: MCN supports community health workers (CHWs) and clinicians to better integrate diabetes self-management for vulnerable populations.
- Zika ECHO Clinic, Puerto Rico: In partnership with the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association, MCN created this effective way for Puerto Rico primary care clinicians to address the Zika outbreak.
The MCN ECHO Project Highlights Diabetes
The ECHO Diabetes MCN clinic provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of patients with type I diabetes and type II diabetes. Participating in these sessions will be a multidisciplinary team of diabetes experts including, specialists in oral health, diabetes during pregnancy, behavioral disorders, and other branches of medical care, as experts in the organization of the community for prevention, care and self-management of Diabetes.
Our multidisciplinary team of instructors includes doctors, nurses, diabetes educators and other members of the health team, as well as the participation of experts in the Diabetes Management and Public Health programs.
At the first clinic, we will present the ECHO clinic with its objectives, expectations and issues that we will be addressing in the series. As well as the introduction of a case focused on how to approach Diabetes through a balanced diet and incorporate the exercises to the lifestyle. We will also be addressing the self-management of diabetes, a program based on medical evidence, ie programs that have been shown to help the patient lower their A1C Ig.
Participants will also have an opportunity to present patients with this condition.
Project ECHO Highlight: Zika ECHO Clinic, Puerto Rico
MCN’s newest Project ECHO addresses the Zika virus at the primary care level in Puerto Rico, where clinicians throughout the island are grappling with how to best manage patients exposed to and diagnosed with the now-widespread virus. In close partnership with Daniel Ramos, MPHE, the Director of MCN’s ECHO project in Puerto Rico and the Director of Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, MCN is supporting seven clinics throughout the island. Clinicians meet once a month to learn how the virus is affecting nearby communities and how clinicians are addressing problems in diagnosis and treatment. Through this project, MCN brings experts in the field together, provides a space and time for clinicians to share resources, strategies and information, and creates networking and collaboration solutions. For information specifically about the MCN Zika ECHO clinic please contact Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH.
Visit the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico Primary Care Association at www.saludprimariapr.org. Learn about Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico’s ECHO page at echo.unm.edu.