100&Change: 2020

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - ECHO Institute

Project ECHO: Democratizing Life-Saving Medical Knowledge and Care

Project ECHO will connect community healthcare providers in India and Africa to lifesaving medical knowledge and expertise, driving local solutions to global health challenges.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • New Mexico, United States
  • Khomas, Namibia
  • Kisumu, Kenya
  • Dodoma Region, Tanzania
  • National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
  • State of West Bengal, India
  • State of Mahārāshtra, India
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Province of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Marahoué, Ivory Coast
Priority Population(s):
  • People with disabilities
  • People with diseases and illnesses
  • Substance abusers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 17. Partnerships for the goals

Executive Summary:

Every year, millions suffer and die from conditions we know how to prevent, manage, and cure, because healthcare practitioners in underserved areas lack needed knowledge, training, and support. Imagine thousands of health workers effectively treating conditions like hepatitis C, HIV, or tuberculosis in their own communities, without sending patients hundreds of miles away to medical centers where care is too costly and too late. Project ECHO makes this possible by building communities of practice that connect local providers with specialists for remote training and mentoring. The ECHO Institute trains and supports partners worldwide to use the ECHO model for their priority health challenges. We will scale across India and Africa so that, by 2024, 100 million people will receive high-quality specialty health care locally. We will also implement a new digital infrastructure to more effectively disseminate training/support and quality improvement resources across our global network.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - ECHO Institute

website: https://hsc.unm.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity

COVID-19 Response

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic fully aligns with Project ECHO’s mission to democratize life-saving medical knowledge and care for rural and underserved populations around the world. Project ECHO is playing a vital role in the global response to COVID-19 by partnering with government, medical, philanthropic, and non-profit organizations to help them amplify and accelerate their response to COVID-19. The ECHO Institute has refocused existing and launched new work in reaction to the pandemic and continues to innovate, adapt, and scale COVID-19 preparedness and response programs for greater use worldwide. Its new goals are: to work with state and local governments on information-sharing and training in best practices for COVID-19 response, including training and delivery for vaccines and treatments as these are developed; launch response programs in Africa and across other lower- and middle-income countries and regions; partner with Ministries of Health at local levels to adapt programming to different contexts and priorities; and launch virtual training and support programs that mitigate travel restrictions.

Racial and Ethnic Injustice Response

Disparities in access to adequate health care are often racial as well as economic and geographical. The COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored how a disproportionate burden of disease and death falls onto racial and ethnic populations who already suffer from chronic conditions we know how to prevent, manage, and cure. Project ECHO’s mission from its very beginnings has been to mitigate health disparities by increasing the capacity of healthcare workers serving these vulnerable populations. The ECHO model creates communities of practice as safe spaces for collaborative learning and problem-solving, in which all teach and all learn. This process is critical to democratizing power relations and ensuring that the voices and experience of marginalized populations are heard and valued.