Project ECHO

In partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the University of New Mexico Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Options), the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network is pleased to to be a host institution for Project ECHO in Oklahoma.

The national model for Project ECHO uses a hub-and-spoke telementoring model to move knowledge, instead of people. Through participation in weekly virtual clinics with teams of specialist mentors, healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas acquire the expertise they need to treat patient with complex health problems.

Oklahoma Dementia Care Network's Project ECHO specifically focuses on age-friendly nursing home and community care topics. These sessions will help professional and family caregivers gain important skills and capabilities designed to improve care for older Oklahomans living with memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

How Our Project ECHO Works

Through our Project ECHO, we provide a collaborative model of virtual education for health professionals that empowers nursing home team members, especially in rural communities, to provide specialty geriatric care to more people, right where they live.

  • Interactive
  • Co-management of Cases
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning

The format of an ECHO is a clinical case presentation by a nursing home team member followed by a 15-minute informational presentation delivered by the ECHO Hub Team.

How are Patient Care Needs Addressed?

Training nursing homes through HIPPA-compliant, technology-enabled collaborative learning.

  • Addressing geriatric health concerns
  • Conducting regular sessions to discuss specialized topics relevant to nursing homes
  • Using case-based learning to determine best treatment options

There is no cost to join an ECHO session. Free NAB credits for nursing home administrators.

ECHO Series

Age-Friendly Nursing Home ECHO

Our first Age-Friendly ECHO series began in October 2021, and our second series is scheduled to begin January 19, 2022. Dates and topics can be found here. Previous series resources are still available to view and download.

Age-Friendly Caregiver ECHO

Each of our Age-Friendly Caregiver ECHO sessions will consist of a 40 minute informational presentation delivered by a content experts who works regularly with family and professional caregivers. The final 20 minutes of this fully virtual session will be dedicated to case studies and interaction between caregivers and the ECHO Hub Team. Each of our Caregiver ECHO sessions will focus on the 4Ms of Age-Friendly Care: What Matters Most, Medications, Mentation and Mobility.

Dates and topics can be found here

National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network - Oklahoma ECHO

Through the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (NHCAN), Oklahoma Dementia Care Network offered a limited-time opportunity for Oklahoma’s nursing homes to receive funding for educational programs that help prepare for, prevent and respond to COVID-19. This ECHO concluded in Fall 2021, but session information resources are still available to view and download.

Age-Friendly Community Resources ECHO

Our first Age-Friendly Community Resource ECHO series will begin in October of 2022. Dates and topics can be found here.