What is Project ECHO®?
Project ECHO® is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping communities with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time. How it works – What if everyone could get the high-quality services they need, from local people they know and trust? Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real-time collaborative sessions. The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services. Providers gain skills and confidence; specialists learn new approaches for applying their knowledge across diverse cultural and geographical contexts. As the capacity of the local workforce increases, lives improve. NJAAP is one of only three approved Pediatric Project ECHO® hub sites in New Jersey. Project ECHO® works with a hub and spoke model to disseminate knowledge and amplify local capacity to provide best practice care. Using the Project ECHO® model, participating physicians and team members at practice sites receive guidance and coaching from the hub team of subject matter and QI experts to achieve program goals via monthly virtual learning and case discussion sessions.