CHD ECHO Projects

Moving Knowledge, Not People

These virtual learning communities provide educators, service providers, case managers, administrators, families, and others access to expert advice from professionals throughout the state and country, building capacity in home communities to implement best practices and improve outcomes.

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Hub and spoke knowledge-sharing networks create a learning loop:

  • Community participants learn from specialists
  • Community participants learn from each other
  • Specialists learn from community participants as best practices emerge

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses videoconferencing technology to connect a team of interdisciplinary experts with primary care providers, other health services professionals, and community members. The discussions with, and mentoring from, specialists help equip participants to support individuals and their families with health and disabilities related needs in their home communities.

  • Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities (MHDD)

    Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities ECHO offers a virtual network of real-time access to experienced experts in the field of mental health for people with developmental disabilities. Through the use of a hub and spoke model, MHDD ECHO gives participants the opportunity to take an active role in rich dialogue with the hub team and with their fellow spokes in an interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment. Each session includes a brief lecture, deidentified case presentation, and open discussion facilitated by an interdisciplinary team. The Fall 2019 MHDD ECHO Hub Team includes a psychologist, a clinician, an applied behavior analyst, a parent, and self-advocate guests with personal experience. 

    Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities ECHO takes place over Zoom every other Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am (Alaska Time Zone)

    Fall 2019 Schedule:
    September 12, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    September 26, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    October 10, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    October 24, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    November 7, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    November 21, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    December 5, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am
    December 19, 2019 from 10:00 am -11:30 am

     

    To join the MHDD ECHO, register here.

     

    How will the Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to field experts will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Prevalence of co-occurring mental health issues among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    • Evidence-based practices for testing, assessment, and treatment
    • Strategies for mental health professionals
    • The experience of individuals and families in this field
  • Behavior Analysis (click to expand)
     

    Behavior Analysis ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to behavioral facilitators. 

    Upcoming sessions to be announced soon...

     

     To join the Behavior Analysis clinic, register here.

    How will the Behavior Analysis ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated facilitators will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Access to behavior analytic literature for review and discussion
    • Specific behavior analytic concepts
    • Capacity to take on more complex cases
    • Identifying other behavior analysts in the state with knowledge and experience in a variety of topics
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (click to expand)

    Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO is a virtual learning network of providers offering real-time access to developmental and behavioral experts. Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO takes the principles of ECHO and adds the components of interdisciplinary expertise, including the integration of parent expertise. Our interdisciplinary team includes a developmental pediatrician, child neuropsychologist, advanced nurse practitioner, licensed clinical social worker,  and a parent advocate.

    Upcoming session series:

     

    To join the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities clinic, register here.

    How will the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated experts will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Evidence-based practices for screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities
    • Common medical and psychiatric concerns in children with autism
    • Successful office visits for children with autism and other behavioral concerns
    • Care for your patients in your own practice with the support of recognized autism experts

    Why should Neurodevelopmental Disabilities ECHO matter to you?

    • 1 in 68 children have autism
    • 50-80% of individuals with autism have trouble with sleep
    • More than 50% have co-occurring anxiety or ADHD
    • Parents need medical support in their home communities
    • You can make huge difference for families in your community! 
  • Head Injury (click to expand)

    The Alaska Head Injury ECHO is a virtual learning network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to Head Injury experts, including a board certified brain injury specialist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, and peer advocate. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning; discuss complex Head Injury cases in your practice for real-time advice from experts. 

    Upcoming sessions to be announced soon...

    To join the Alaska Head Injury ECHO clinic, register here.


    Regular, convenient access to UAA CHD affiliated experts will help providers increase knowledge about:

    • Evidence-based practices for screening, treatment, and medication management of Head Injury
    • Common medical symptoms and behavioral health concerns in patients with Head Injury
    • Successful therapies for rehabilitation

    Why should Head Injury ECHO matter to you?

    • Alaska has one of the highest rates of brain injury in the country
    • There is limited capacity in Alaska to provide specialty care for brain injury
    • The majority of injuries are mild and individuals often end up seeking treatment in a primary care office
    • 70% of Alaskans with a Head Injury severe enough to require hospitalization are discharged home with no assistance
  • Pain and Opioid Management (click to expand)

    The ECHO for Pain and Opioid Management is a virtual learning network for medical providers to learn best practice care through real-time access to experts including a psychiatrist, addiction and emergency medicine physician, psychologist, family medicine physician, anesthesiologist, and pharmacist. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning where you can discuss complex cases in your practice for real-time advice from experts. 

    Current session series:

    January 28, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    February 11, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    February 25, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    March 11, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    March 25, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    April 8, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    April 22, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    May 20, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm
    June 3, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm 
    June 17, 2019 at 12:15-1:15 pm

    To join the Pain and Opioid Management clinic, register here.

    How will the Pain and Opioid Management ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to field experts will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Evidence-based practices for screening, diagnosis and treatment
    • Common medical and psychiatric concerns to address
    • Care for your patients in your own practice with the support of recognized field experts
  • Family ECHO: Challenging Behaviors (click to expand)

    The Family ECHO: Challenging Behaviors is a virtual learning network for family members and those supporting individuals with disabilities who also need higher support and care levels for challenging behaviors. Learn from field experts including other family members, social workers, behavior analysts, and parent navigators. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning where you can discuss complex situations for real-time advice from experts. 

    Current session series:

    January 31, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    February 14, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    February 28, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    March 14, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    March 28, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    April 11, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    April 25, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    May 9, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    May 23, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    June 6, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am
    June 20, 2019 at 10:00-11:30 am

    To join the Family ECHO clinic, register here.

    How will the Family ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to field experts will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Evidence-based practices for screening, diagnosis and treatment
    • Common systems navigation and support concerns to address
  • Autism Behavior Technician (ABT) ECHO (click to expand)

     The Autism Behavior Technician (ABT) ECHO is a virtual learning network for behavioral science professionals and those supporting individuals with disabilities who also need higher support and care levels for challenging behaviors. Learn from field experts. ECHO clinics include didactic and case-based learning where you can discuss complex situations for real-time advice from experts. 

    Upcoming sessions to be announced soon...

    To join the ABT ECHO clinic, register here.

    How will the ABT ECHO help me?

    Regular, convenient access to field experts will help participants increase knowledge about:

    • Common systems navigation and support concerns to address
    • Enhance direct provider skill sets to improve client outcomes

 

What do I need to do to get started?

  1. Register for the ECHO clinic you want to attend (required prior to attendance)
  2. High-speed internet access
  3. A front-facing camera on smartphone, tablet, or computer (laptop or desktop)
  4. Access to Zoom web conference software (more information below)
  5. Access to Box.com folders where resources and cases are stored
  • Zoom (click to expand)

    Using Zoom for ECHO Sessions

    You can test your connection to Zoom prior to the scheduled time by visiting http://zoom.us/test

    1.  Once on the Zoom test page, click on the blue Join button to launch Zoom. Screenshot of Zoom "Join" button
    2. If you do not already have Zoom installed on your computer, follow the prompts to download and run Zoom. Click on the download file if it does not open automatically and follow the computer prompts to install.
    3. Once Zoom is installed, it will open the Zoom window. Screenshot of Zoom audio buttons
    4. You will then have the option to Join the Audio Conference by the Computer or to view the details to dial in by phone. If this is your first time joining a Zoom meeting, we recommend choosing the option Test your Computer Mic & Speaker. Screenshot of Zoom test audio
    5. Click Test Speaker and confirm that you can hear the tone. If it does not play, you may need to adjust the volume or choose a different speaker from the drop down menu.Screenshot of Zoom test speaker button
    6. Click Test Mic and speak into your microphone. Click the button Recording when you are done speaking and it will play your microphone test back to you. If you cannot hear your microphone recording, you can select another microphone from the drop down menu, or adjust the input level. Screenshot of Zoom test mic button
    7. Once you've confirm that your microphone and speakers are working properly, you can close out of the audio settings window. To continue using computer audio, now choose Join Audio Conference by Computer. You can also check the option Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting if you want Zoom to automatically connect to computer audio each time you join a Zoom meeting.
       Screenshot of Zoom Join audio button
     

    Zoom Desktop Systems

    Zoom conferencing from a desktop/laptop is good for 1-2 people to participate.

    • When video conferencing over a wireless connection, be aware of bandwidth usage and your system limitations. It is preferred that you connect virtually over a hard-wired connection for best connectivity.
    • Check to make sure that you have a microphone/speaker and camera when utilizing the desktop system. If you do not have a microphone/speaker, dial in by telephone for audio as directed in the clinic connection email.
    • Can’t see or hear participants? Check your system settings to make sure that you have a microphone/speaker and camera selected, and that you are not muted.
    • Click here for more information about Zoom desktop.

    Zoom Room Systems

    • Zoom conferencing from a room system is preferred for larger groups of participants.
    • Arrive a bit early and make sure that the camera pre-sets are set to where your multiple participants will be seated.
    • Ensure the microphone/speaker are operational. If you do not have a microphone/ speaker, dial in by telephone for audio as directed in the clinic connection email.
    • If you cannot hear audio please check the television monitor volume and then the volume control on the room system (they are separate).
    • If the far site cannot hear your audio, make sure the microphone is not muted (red light is off).
  • Box (click to expand)

    We use Box.com as a secured file sharing platform to access forms, share didactic and resource information, and load case presentations/recommendations. 

    You will only be able to access this link as a shared user after you have registered for the ECHO clinic(s).  

    Click here for Box.

 

Need More Help?

Contact the ECHO Clinic Coordinator at faith@alaskachd.org or call Sue Armstong at 907-264-6281.