Project ECHO®

Move Knowledge…Not People

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.

NJAAP Project ECHO® Programs

  • Stop the Spread: Screen STI QI Project ECHO®
    Thirty one pediatricians from thirteen practices are enrolled in the program which aims to improve sexual health communication and sexual risk assessment skills, and increase STI screening for Chlamydia and gonorrhea through the universal (opt-out) screening approach for female adolescents and young women, ages 15 – 24 years. The program incorporates multiple educational strategies, QI methodologies and best practices around sexual health communications and STI screening for the target population.
  • HPV Project ECHO®
    The CDC estimates that each year over 24,000 cancers could be prevented with HPV vaccines. The NJAAP is joining states in AAP District 3 in a quality improvement project to increase HPV immunization rates and prevent HPV cancers in the state.
    HPV Project ECHO® produced two CDC recognized “HPV Champions of the Year”
    Total Number of Practices: 20 Total Number of Physicians: 50
  • Recruiting NOW! Healthy Spaces for Adolescents QI Project ECHO®
    The program is designed to educate pediatricians in Mercer County on the importance of identifying ACEs during adolescence, and responding to at-risk individuals through the use and evidence based screening tools, patient education materials, skills building aids, anticipatory guidance, and linkages to community-based, family strengthening resources. The program aims to help transform the medical home by incorporating ACEs screening and appropriate treatment and referrals to improve family/patient-centered care coordination, parent/provider communication and access to comprehensive, trauma-informed care. To get more information on this innovative program contact Regina Grazel, MSN, RN, BC, APN-C, Program Director.