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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live. The ECHO model™ does not actually “provide” care to patients. Instead, it dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions such as: hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis, chronic pain, endocrinology, behavioral health disorders, and many others.  It does this by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at an academic medical center or hub. As the ECHO model expands, it is helping to address some of the healthcare system’s most intractable problems, including inadequate or disparities in access to care, rising costs, systemic inefficiencies, and unequal or slow diffusion of best practices.  Across the United States and globally, policymakers are recognizing the potential of ECHO to exponentially expand workforce capacity to treat more patients sooner, using existing resources.  At a time when the health care system is under mounting pressure to do more without spending more, this is critical.

The ECHO model™ breaks down the walls between specialty and primary care. It links expert specialist teams at an academic ‘hub’ with primary care clinicians in local communities – the ‘spokes’ of the model. Together, they participate in weekly teleECHO™ clinics, which are like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations.

The clinics are supported by basic, widely available teleconferencing technology. During teleECHO clinics, primary care clinicians from multiple sites present patient cases to the specialist teams and to each other, discuss new developments relating to their patients, and determine treatment.
Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians. Essentially, ECHO® creates ongoing learning communities where primary care clinicians receive support and develop the skills they need to treat a particular condition, such as hepatitis C or chronic pain. As a result, they can provide comprehensive, best-practice care to patients with complex health conditions, right where they live.

ECHO Values:    
Service to the Underserved
Committing our efforts to building a better society, one that is more just and more loving.            
Excellence and Accountability
Maximizing our individual and organizational potential, contributing to the best of our ability, seeking to be better, and owning our mistakes.
Demonopolize Knowledge
Sharing resources, knowledge, time and talents freely across the organization. the movement, and the world.            
Innovation and Learning
Fostering continuous evolution and new creative ideas that have the power to change the world through learning and experimentation
Trust and Respect
Working from a place where we give the best of ourselves, we assume the best of others, and we communicate openly, honestly and with regard for others.    
Joy of Work
Nurturing an environment that allows us each to do what we do best and balance our energy.

The goal of our Substance Use Disorder ECHO is to empower and support primary care providers to more effectively and confidently treat patients suffering from substance use disorder. The Opioid Use Disorder ECHO integrates medical, pharmacological and psychological considerations into patient care.

Our Substance Use Disorder ECHO series will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be led by members of our team.


Free and open to all health care providers, social workers, and peer recovery specialists. If you would like to sign up, please use the following link simply click below on the Register button, call us at 989-964-2883 or send us a quick email at

If you are interested in this series or have questions, please contact 989-964-2883 or by email at We look forward to your participation in the newest ECHO from Saginaw Valley State University!

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 undeserved communities.


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 costs.

Contact Us
(989) 964-2883(989) 964-2883


GA 225


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.