The BC ECHO on Substance Use is a community of practice that aims to build capacity within primary care to treat and manage substance use disorders. Through participation in Project ECHO, health care providers enhance their competency and learn through real world examples how to incorporate evidence-based practices within their care settings. The ultimate goal of Project ECHO is to improve health outcomes for patients and families.
Primary care providers, allied health care providers, and other front-line workers are encouraged to join.
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Opioid Use Disorder
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Opioid Use Disorder aims to help primary care providers and their teams build capacity in the treatment and management of opioid use disorder. The OUD ECHO series offers support to health care providers in British Columbia and Yukon Territory, supported by funding from the Health Canada Substance Use and Addictions Program.
Click here for more information about the OUD ECHO series and the upcoming OUD ECHO session.
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder
BC ECHO on Substance Use – Alcohol Use Disorder aims to help primary care providers and their teams build capacity in the treatment and management of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder. This new ECHO series in launching in August 2020 and is funded by Doctors of BC.
Click here for more information about the AUD ECHO series and the upcoming AUD ECHO session.
When are the sessions?
ECHO sessions are 1 hour, held on a rotating schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific Time.
How do I sign up?
Visit the BC ECHO on Substance Use website to register for the opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder ECHO series. Register once for the program and you will be added to our email listserv to receive information about upcoming ECHO sessions, which you can sign-up for individually.
- It’s free
- It’s virtual – all you need is a computer and web cam, or a smartphone to join
- It’s a good opportunity to connect with a community of primary care and community care providers, facing similar challenges
- Earn CME or MOC credits (ECHO sessions are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 1.0 Mainpro+ credit per session or 1.0 MOC Section 1 group learning credit per session)
What takes place during a typical ECHO session?
Using an interactive, web-based platform (ZOOM videoconferencing), ECHO sessions link clinicians from across BC and Yukon to a core interdisciplinary team with expertise in managing substance use disorders. Sessions consist of three main components:
- a brief didactic presentation on a specific care topic
- a case presentation from a participating clinician
- collaborative clinical recommendation development for the case
What is the ECHO Model?
The ECHO Model is an effective approach that engages rural and remote health care providers, enhances competencies in a given health specialty area, improves uptake of evidence-based provider behaviours, and promotes better patient health outcomes for patients.
For more information on the ECHO model, please visit https://echo.unm.edu/
Is it only for physicians?
All health care providers are welcome to attend. The topics and didactic lectures are targeted toward primary care providers (nurse practitioners and primary care physicians), however, we encourage others providing care to individuals with problematic substance use or substance use disorder and their families to attend.
Where can I learn more?
For more information or general inquiries on the BC ECHO on Substance Use (Opioid Use Disorder) or to inquire about attending, leading a session or submitting a case for discussion, please email [email protected]