Project ECHO for Nursing Homes

The UNC-Chapel Hill Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (GWEP), UNC ECHO Nursing Home Project, and MAHEC are actively recruiting skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina to join an interactive community of practice to collaboratively advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control.

The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID Action Network aims to rapidly assist nursing homes in consistently implementing evidence-based best practices to protect residents and staff. The project uses an evidence-based training model called Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Project ECHO is not a webinarit connects experts with health care professionals through telementoring and collaborative problem solving via Zoom.

Skilled nursing facilities are eligible to participate. Each facility will need to commit 3-4 personnel to participate in weekly 90-minute ECHO sessions for 16 weeks. The sessions will provide state and national experts to lead education, mentoring, and collaborative problem solving. Each participating facility will have an additional 32 weeks of access to those experts after the 16-week commitment.

Each participating facility will receive a $6,000 stipend from the CARES ACT; the opportunity to apply for a share of an additional $2.5 billion in CARES funds for nursing homes that show success in containing COVID-19; and a unique and powerful opportunity to improve care for their residents.

Interested facilities can email Cristine Henage at cristine_henage@med.unc.edu.

This request is part of a national project sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Institute for Health Care Improvement, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.