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Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is excited to announce the Fall 2019 program of “Project ECHO® Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE LTC), a telehealth education program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly 60-minute videoconference sessions.

What is Project ECHO®?
Project ECHO, which stands for Extension of Community Health Outcomes, was created by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO follows a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model of knowledge dissemination and capacity building, which aims to exchange knowledge between academic health science centres (the “Hubs”) and the frontline of community care partners (the ”Spokes”). It relies on the flow of knowledge in multiple directions: from experts to primary care providers; between primary care providers; and from primary care providers to experts. This model is appropriate for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers and has been successfully replicated throughout the United States, Canada and globally.
Each ECHO COE LTC session will include a short presentation by an expert on specific topics relevant to care of older adults in long-term care, followed by cases presented by the learning partners (spokes). Feedback and recommendations are provided by the Hub team as well as the other learning partners.

Who can be a Learning Partner?
Any primary care providers working in long-term care, either individually or as a team, who want to expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of older adults, can become a learning partner. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and/or any other healthcare professionals are welcome to join. Priority will be given to long-term care homes where both the team and Attending Physician or Nurse Practitioner apply. The Attending Physician or Nurse Practitioner does not need to be present at the long-term care home during the sessions as they can access each session through our free internet-based videoconference system from wherever they are located (e.g., office).

When will ECHO COE run?
ECHO COE LTC will run for 12 sessions, weekly, on Tuesdays from September 10, 2019 – December 3, 2019 from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM, with the exception of October 1, 2019. Learning partners are expected to participate in a minimum of 80% of the 12 ECHO COE LTC sessions and be willing to present a case.

Do I need special equipment?
No special equipment is required to participate. You will need a reliable internet connection and a
desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You will be given access to the free internetbased
videoconference system through a link. Although optional, we recommend having a
functional web camera connected to your device. We have found that learning partners are more
engaged when we can see each other.

Is this being evaluated?
Yes! Your feedback is important to us. In order to improve the program, the ECHO COE team is
evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the ECHO Care of the Elderly program, to enable primary
care providers’ skills and capacity in the care of older adults. In addition to attending ECHO COE LTC
sessions, learning partners will be asked to provide feedback on their experience via questionnaires
and qualitative interviews/focus groups at various times throughout the program.

Does it cost anything to participate?
No, this project is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and does not
require any payment from participants. Furthermore, the project is fully accredited so participants
receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CME) credits at no cost.

How can I sign up?
You can apply today at this link: https://baycrest.echoontario.ca/register-for-an-echo/
Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee enrollment; priority will be
given to long-term care homes where both the team and the Attending Physician or Nurse
Practitioner apply.

For more information
If you have any questions about ECHO COE LTC and the commitments about being a learning
partner, please email Navena Lingum (Project Coordinator) at echo@baycrest.org.
For more information on E CHO Care of the Elderly, visit: www.baycrest.echoontario.ca
For more information on Project ECHO New Mexico, visit: https://echo.unm.edu
For more information on ECHO programs in Ontario, visit: https://www.echoontario.ca/  

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schelgel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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