The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model, developed at the University of New Mexico, aims to build healthcare workforce capacity and improve access to specialty care using videoconferencing technology to provide frontline clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage underserved patients in their own communities. The ECHO model has been widely utilized across the globe focusing on complex conditions that require a team-based approach.
This lightening talk describes how the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) partnered with a community-based organization, Project Home, to create an ECHO program focused on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) for a regional network of primary care practice teams. Project Home is a non-profit organization devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through providing a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive healthcare services.
Addressing the Nexus theme of “Partnerships Advancing Care with People and Communities,” this lightening talk will describe the development and implementation of ECHO MOUD, the collaboration between JCIPE and Project Home, and successful strategies in building academic-community partnerships. Additionally, we will present outcomes of this project relating to primary care practice teams’ ability to provide MOUD care, as well as their sense of clinical teamwork and collaborative care, and belonging to a professional learning community. Attendees will gain ideas for approaches to leverage the strengths of academic and community partners to enhance team-based education and care for the underserved.