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ECHO sign-up deadline nears—Training specific to NFs

Patti Cullen
By Patti Cullen, CAE  |  November 13, 2020  |  All members

Supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is virtually bringing together groups of peers and experts to share evolving best practices for tackling pressing COVID-19 related problems. If you work in a Medicare or Medicaid-eligible nursing facility, register now to join a group in the Project ECHO initiative. The groups will meet once a week for 16 weeks.

To register and learn more about this unique training—a virtual community of infection control practice for nursing facilities—sign up here. The collaborative is between Hennepin Health and the University of Minnesota. Teams must include a minimum of three staff; maximum of four—ideally to include the administrator, DON, and a nursing assistant. The initial “boot camp” is 16 weeks long via Zoom—each week is 60 minutes of content and problem solving with an option of an additional 30 minutes of technical assistance. So, even if your staff feel overwhelmed right now, this is a small commitment of time for free consultative advice! 

A cohort is 33 nursing facilities. As of today, the MN ECHO hub have filled five cohorts; they need a minimum of six total to fulfill the contracts with New Mexico Project Echo. Hennepin started three ECHO sessions this week. The university will start their three cohorts the week of November 16.

They will continue to create cohorts if there is demand—so sign up now! 

Patti Cullen, CAE  |  President/CEO  |  |  952-851-2487


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