ECHO® is a model for learning and guided practice that uses education to exponentially increase workforce capacity to improve access to best-practice care and reduce health disparities in communities, including rural, remote, and underserved settings. Check below for a listing of UT Health San Antonio ECHO programs.
Listening to Long COVID ECHO
We are partnering with Health Confianza for the launch of the new Listening to Long COVID weekly ECHO series to explore the effects of Long COVID and share management strategies, including complementary approaches, to delivering care. Sessions include a brief educational presentation, a story shared by someone impacted by Long COVID, and group discussion to share challenges and strategies for care.
Communicating COVID: ECHO for Community Health Workers
We are partnering with Health Confianza for a new series, Communicating COVID: ECHO for Community Health Workers (CHWs). This ECHO series will build a learning community to share resources, partnerships, and strategies for compassionately and effectively communicating about COVID-19.
COVID 2.0: An Updated Health Literacy ECHO for Providers
In partnership with Health Confianza, we are launching an updated COVID-19 Health Literacy ECHO bi-weekly series that will share relevant, usable information about COVID-19 with local providers. This ECHO will include didactics followed by participant presentations of real-life situations and group discussion to share resources and inform care.
Behavioral Health Support ECHO
In partnership with Center for Health Policy at UNTHSC, the Medical Technology and Resource Education Center (MTREC) and the Southwest Border AHEC, we are launching a Behavioral Health Support ECHO to support delivery of mental and behavioral health services in Uvalde, Texas. This ECHO is designed for health workers in Uvalde and the surrounding communities. If you are interested in registering for sessions, please contact the coordinating team here.
Dental Education Network for Texas (DENT)
In partnership with the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, we launched a monthly series to support and educate primary oral health care providers in the delivery of quality and effective dental care for patients across the state of Texas. Sessions will include brief didactics followed by case presentations and interactive conversation with subject matter experts & Texas dental care providers. Free continuing educational credits are available to all attendees.
RAISE for Early-Career Women Faculty
While the representation of women in academic medicine is growing, women faculty early in their careers face unique barriers to success, which can lead to imbalance, burnout, and under-representation. This ECHO, Resources, Advice, Insight, Support, and Empowerment (RAISE) for Early-Career Faculty, launched in partnership with the Center for Health Policy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, will connect early-career women faculty with academic leaders and career development experts to share practical guidance and support for professional growth.
Hepatitis C Virus
As the most common blood-borne infection and a leading cause of liver disease, failure, and cancer, hepatitis C virus (HCV) poses a major threat to the health of our communities. To address this, we established an HCV ECHO to educate practitioners about the disease and provide evidence-based, interdisciplinary guidance for management and treatment. Our team is made up of experts in HCV care delivery, including a hepatologist, a community-based pharmacist, an infectious diseases specialist, and a community health worker.
Bilingual HIV ECHO
In partnership with Clinica de Familia La Romana in the Dominican Republic and the South Central AIDS Education and Training Centers, we are launching a Bilingual HIV ECHO to support Spanish and English health care teams throughout the world. Sessions include Spanish-language didactics on topics in HIV care followed by deidentified, bilingual case-presentations from participants who get mentorship from a multidisciplinary team of experts in infectious disease, hepatology, pharmacy, mental health, and community health work. Register through the UT Health San Antonio AETC.
To build community clinic capacity for delivering best-practice HIV care to underserved populations in Texas, we are partnering with the UT Health San Antonio AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) for a twice monthly HIV ECHO. Sessions will include didactics, case presentations from local sites, and discussion with an interdisciplinary team made up of experts in infectious disease, pharmacy, psychiatry, and community health work. Sessions are held on the second Monday and fourth Friday of each month, with occasional exceptions for holidays. Register through the UT Health San Antonio AETC.
Chagas disease, an infection with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), is endemic throughout the Americas. Often called a “silent killer”, this chronic disease can go undetected for years, resulting in irreversible damage or death. To address this, we have partnered with San Diego State University, Texas State University, and the South Coastal Area Health Education Center to relaunch our Chagas ECHO series for providers. This ECHO will build local capacity for screening, diagnosing, and managing Chagas Disease.
ST-AHEC Community Health Worker COVID-19 ECHO
The South Texas Area Health Education Center has launched a CHW-COVID-19 ECHO program to train CHWs in South Texas about COVID-19 prevention and preparation measures. To learn more about the program and to register, contact Joe Zapata with the AHEC.
ST-AHEC Community Health Worker Opioid Use Disorder Training
The South Texas AHEC (ST-AHEC) has launched an ECHO to provide opioid use disorder training for community health workers (CHWs). The goal of this ECHO is to improve workforce training in opioid addiction, harm reduction, and recovery services that utilize CHW services throughout South Texas.
Through the Center for Substance Use Training and Telementoring (c-STAT) and in partnership with the UT Health San Antonio ECHO program, Be Well Texas offers an array of telementoring programming to provide high-quality SUD education and support to health, behavioral health, and public safety professionals.
TxRx ECHO (Medications for Substance Use Disorder)
The TxRx ECHO (pronounced ‘Tex-R-X’) prepares providers to prescribe medications to treat substance use disorders, including medications for alcohol, stimulant, and opioid use disorders. Special emphasis is provided on medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), including buprenorphine.
Support Hospital Opioid Use disorder Treatment (SHOUT)
Conducted in partnership with Dell Medical School at Austin, this ECHO provides ongoing training and guidance to in strategies for delivering life-saving care for substance use disorder (SUD) during patient hospitalization.
Recovery Support Services Community of Practice (RSS)
The RSS ECHO creates a community of practice to support Texas-based Peers in delivering high-quality care to people in substance treatment settings or in recovery. This ECHO focuses on real-life cases and training that inform advocacy, reduce stigma, and build workforce capacity.
This ECHO introduces harm reduction strategies and approaches to prevent substance use-related overdoses, deaths, or other harmful health or mental health impacts. Learners will be exposed to evidence-based, emerging, and novel harm reduction practices. This ECHO program will emphasize reducing misinformation about harm reduction practices and combatting stigma towards people who use drugs.
Systems and Sustainability for SUD
The Systems and Sustainability for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) ECHO focuses on large-scale, systems-level opportunities and challenges to implementation and sustaining substance use-related services, be those screening, referral, or treatment practices. This ECHO will target healthcare and behavioral health leaders with the capacity to impact systems changes or influence those who do, as well as those with the responsibility to sustain their own systems of care.
Public Safety Solutions for SUD
Public Safety Solutions for SUD ECHO builds public safety professionals’ capacity to successfully respond to substance use and substance use disorders in their day-to-day work. Attendees will also learn how evidence-based approaches to behavioral health challenges can promote their wellness and reduce burnout.
Previous ECHO Programs:
HIV Care Continuum Telehealth Technical Assistance
In partnership with the UT Health San Antonio AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), and UT System Virtual Health Network, we are launching a monthly series to address regulatory, technological, and clinical considerations for delivering HIV screening, prevention, and treatment services via telehealth and telemedicine. Sessions will include didactics and discussion with Texas-based clinics at any stage of telemedicine & telehealth implementation.
View series resources and recordings
HIV/HCV Coinfection ECHO
UT Health San Antonio began its ECHO journey with its inaugural HIV/HCV ECHO as a component of the larger initiative, “Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education for HIV/HCV in people of color” (TACKLE HIV/HCV), a multifaceted program to cure HCV in people with HIV in South Texas. This ECHO continues on as a component of the HIV ECHO, and pulls together a multidisciplinary team of experts in hepatology, infectious disease, behavioral health, pharmacy, and community health work.
Visit the TACKLE HIV/HCV Program Site
COVID-19 Telemedicine Implementation and Technical Assistance ECHO
In response to the necessity of a number of clinics and providers having to implement telemedicine at short notice, the UT San Antonio ECHO Program, in partnership with the UT System Virtual Health Network launched a technical assistance COVID-19 Telemedicine Implementation and Technical Assistance ECHO. Each week, a team of experts delivered a brief presentation on key considerations and strategies for launching a telemedicine program, including evolving regulations, technology, and clinical considerations. Session slides and recordings will be made available after the session on our resources page. The ECHO ran from March 30th through June 8th.
View the COVID-19 Telemedicine Implementation and Technical Assistance ECHO flyer
Telemedicine implementation resources
STI Telemedicine Technical Assistance ECHO
In partnership with Cardea, we ran a 4-session ECHO series to explore Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) telemedicine care delivery and provide technical support to practices at all stages of telemedicine implementation.. The series included opportunities for peer-to-peer learning with other sites implementing STD telemedicine care.
View series resources and recordings
Building resilience of DACA recipients and Mixed-Status families in the face of Adversity
United We Dream (UWD) and the National Latino Psychological Association (NPLA) collaborated with our team to launch an ECHO series that addresses the importance of social support systems and offers guidance on how to create supportive groups in the face of COVID-19 and anti-immigrant policies. Sessions included an interdisciplinary team of mental health providers and community leaders who share experiences, tools, and resources.
GetWaiveredTX Buprenorphine for OUD
The GetWaivered program has three main goals:
- Promote awareness of buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder
- Provide health care providers with the required training to provide this life-saving treatment
- Assist trained clinicians to complete the DEA X-waiver process
GetWaivered TX launched an ECHO to establish a community of practice that supported providers through the training and waiver processes. These sessions offered the opportunity to connect with GetWaiveredTX trainers and OUD treatment champions for advice about a variety of topics. The ECHO series evolved into the TxRx (Medication for Opioid Use Disorder) Community of Practice ECHO (See above).
Visit the GetWaivered TX Site