The Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model was established in 2003 at the University
of New Mexico, School of Medicine to develop the capacity to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to
provide best practice care for underserved populations. The ECHO model™ develops knowledge and capacity
amongst rural community-based providers through:
People need access to specialty care for their complex health conditions.
There aren't enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved
ECHO trains primary care clinicians to provide specialty care services. This means more people can get
the care they need.
Patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This improves outcomes and reduces
This model is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping rural community
providers with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time to locally deliver high-quality care.
The ECHO model does not actually “provide” care to patients. Instead, it dramatically increases access to
specialty treatment expertise in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the
knowledge and ongoing support they need to manage patients with complex conditions.