Lightning Talk

Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO: An Interdisciplinary Education Program for Long Term Care Providers

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted residents, families, and staff of nursing homes and senior care communities. Even with federally mandated emergency planning, the pandemic highlighted the lack of preparation to meet the daily challenges faced in senior care. In response, the federal CARES Act including funding for a nationwide network of nursing home cohorts led by academic health centers to disseminate clinical guidance in infection control and pandemic mitigation strategies. The educational sessions utilized the ECHO "all teach, all learn" model of learning. We present a case study of a successful diffusion model as implemented in Minnesota with seven cohorts comprised of 242 nursing homes and 544 employees. An interprofessional team of experts in geriatric care, long term care regulatory management, and public health led pre-developed ninety-minute sessions over a span of sixteen weeks. Since, the sessions have continued an additional 14 months with bi-monthly sessions. Experts representing medicine, nursing, social work, administration, and public policy collaborate on the development of content and implementation of the sessions.