Project ECHO for NC and SC Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Dec 31–Mar 12, 2021 Closed Nursing

Project ECHO for NC and SC Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network


Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable to SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) due to their age, their underlying frailty, and their communal living conditions. Nursing home staff who care for them are among the most needed and most at-risk essential workers. It is estimated that almost 56,000 nursing home residents and staff have died from COVID-19, representing more than one-quarter of the nation’s known COVID-19 deaths. Supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is launching a National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network. Nursing homes who participate in one of the 16-week educational cohorts will receive critical training, technical assistance, resources, and tools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but will also learn quality improvement practices to improve their facilities for years to come.

We are pleased to announce that Anna Hicks, MD, will serve as faculty for this ECHO. Dr. Hicks is nationally recognized for her work with COVID-19. Read the NY Times article here.

We understand that the time of nursing home staff is limited and very valuable, which is why AHRQ and Project ECHO are pleased to be able to provide compensation to nursing homes for participating in this program. Each nursing home will be required to have 2-3 participants at each session to receive compensation.

Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes education to provide best evidence healthcare practices and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by discussions and case presentations provided by participants.

All program dates are streamed on the ECHO Zoom Platform.
Choose from one of three cohorts: Monday, Tuesday or Friday.
Sessions take place weekly from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.
Please note: no sessions are held on the day after Thanksgiving (11/27), Christmas Day (12/25), and New Year's Day (1/1).
Participant must login at 11:50 am for attendance.
One credit hour is earned for each session attended.

This ECHO is only for Nursing Homes and their team members.
Nursing Home teams must sign up for the same day of the week.

Please note: The educational sessions will begin on November 9, 10 and 13th, 2020 and extend the last week dates by one week. Because of low registration we have moved the dates back for one week.

The ECHO topics:

• Person Protective Equipment
• Making the Environment Safe
• Minimizing Spread
• Testing
• Clinical Care
• Advanced Care Planning
• Effective Leadership & Communication
• The Importance of CNAs
• Managing Social Isolation
• Chartering a Project
• Teamwork
• Testing (PDSA)
• Using Data for Improvement
• Learning from Testing
• Moving from Testing to Implementation and Sustainability
• Spreading the Concepts

The goals for this Project ECHO® are:
1. Preventing COVID-19 from entering nursing homes via staff, visitors, and residents.
2. Should the virus enter the nursing home, preventing greater spread among patients, staff, and visitors.
3. Providing best-practice care and treatment for residents who test positive for COVID-19.
4. Protecting staff from infection and ensuring best-practice safety measures, to help staff build confidence in their work, feel safe from infection, and support staff retention.
5. Ensuring that residents who are dying from COVID-19 can safely receive visitors.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

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By registering for this course, you are granting permission for your contact information to be shared with University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO.

Target Audience

Nursing Home Administrators, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Social Workers


  • Rebecca H. Bernstein, MD
  • Anna Hicks, MD


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