Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a unique platform that provides health professionals and those whose work impacts health the opportunity to be part of a community where multidisciplinary experts and peers share knowledge and experience using technology, not proximity, to connect. ECHO series combine the interactive learning and case-based sharing aspects of in-person training with the improved access and convenience of connecting virtually.
Two CARE Network ECHO series will be offered each month-- one for medical providers and the other for behavioral health providers.
The ECHO series will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and create a space for ongoing education. The ECHO platform will also promote working relationships between Designated Providers, Resource Center experts and Mentors, as well as non-medical professional and family experts by allowing ECHO participants to discuss their experiences working in this field. This type of sharing of real-life experiences between the DPs and with Mentors is another important form of ongoing feedback, mentoring, and enhancement of multidisciplinary collaboration.
As part of ongoing education, monthly CARE Network web-based ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) sessions will be held. Each 1-hour, virtual session consists of a brief presentation on a relevant topic from an expert, followed by case discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own cases to the experts and their peers for discussion, support, and feedback. Designated providers are required to participate in 6 sessions per year. Continuing Education credit will be offered for participation in these sessions up to 12.0 credit hours per year (1 credit per session).
All you need to join an ECHO session is access to internet and a webcam. If you do not have a webcam, please reach out to our team to obtain one firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on ECHO Colorado visit their website ECHOcolorado.org.
Monthly CARE Network ECHO Sessions
The CARE Network invites all prospective designated providers who have a commitment to children to attend the new provider training. Participation is required to join the Network but is also open to providers interested in expanding their knowledge about identifying & treating child maltreatment.
Faculty for this two-day intensive training include child abuse, community pediatric, nursing and behavioral health experts. The curriculum provides education on the recognition, reporting and referral of child abuse. This two-day training is specifically designed to help medical professionals provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art forensic evaluations to children who may be the victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect.
Becoming a designated provider provides access to the full network which includes continuing education and mentoring. The members of the network collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members to recognize, respond, refer, report and reduce the incidence of child maltreatment. Providers are also compensated for examinations through enhanced payments.
Training is geared toward:
Physicians (MD, DO)
Psychologists (Psy.D, Ph.D)
Advanced Practice Providers (PA, NP)
Licensed Behavioral Health Providers (LPC, LMFT, LCSW, APN)
Nurses (RN practicing as SANE or FNE)
2020 New Provider Training Post-Training Survey Results
A Few Highlights:
97% of learners were extremely satisfied with the overall training experience
100% of learners indicated this training will improve outcomes for patients
100% of learners indicated their competence conducting exams for abuse/neglect was reinforced or improved
92% of learners indicated they are leaving with ideas to improve the way they conduct abuse/neglect exams
What Participants Said:
“The information I learned from the physical abuse lecture was invaluable. Signs to look for and screening evaluations that should be performed”
“I have learned new information, solidified things I had learned before, and now have a new community to work with.”
“I believe [the Care Network] will improve outcomes by having providers feeling more confident in their knowledge and understanding of the system. Learning about how systems are set up differently in different areas was very helpful. Also now I feel we have the inertia to reach out and work to improve the barriers needed to better care for our patients with concern for neglect or abuse.