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Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. The heart of the ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers.

UW ECHO Networks Core Components:

The heart of the ECHO model is the hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams using multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual sessions with local education agencies. In this way, educators, special service providers, case managers, administrators, and others – who know their students, family, and community – have access to expert advice right in their home districts.

UW ECHO Networks provide ongoing support for educators and other professionals in a rural state where specialized knowledge is not always locally available. By connecting educators and experts, barriers to specialized knowledge are removed and outcomes improved.

The power of Project ECHO lies in the fidelity of translation and replication of the core components. WIND ensures all UW ECHO networks include the following components.

1) Technology to leverage scarce resources

Videoconferencing technology (Zoom)

Real-time captioning

Archived sessions


2) Didactic training on core professional development topics

High incidence and timely topics

Incentivized with professional credits

Research and evidence based


3) Case presentations and ongoing co-management

FERPA/HIPAA compliance

Standardized case presentation forms

Centered on individuals

Access to ongoing support by expert teams


4) Outcome measurement

Model fidelity measures

Network pre/post tests

Weekly session evaluation

Qualitative learner outcomes

Individual progress toward goals

Standardization of recommendation


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