The Upper Midwest Nursing Home COVID-19 ECHO Collaborative

Help us create an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

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Supported by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is virtually bringing together groups of peers and experts to share evolving best practices for tackling pressing COVID-19 related problems. Join real-time interactive sessions with peers from your field to learn about post-vaccination practices, including visitation policies and PPE use, ongoing COVID-19 identification testing and treatment, workforce well-being, and ways to develop leadership skills.

Why Participate?

You'll hear from experts about the clinical management of COVID-19 and infection control, learn how you and your staff can participate in this innovative network designed to support your organization, and learn how to save and impact lives now. A quality improvement specialist from IHI will participate in each session to mentor nursing homes in quality improvement.

University of New Mexico Health Sciences
Project ECHO
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

How Does It Work?

Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists at centers of excellence in regular real-time collaborative sessions.

The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services.

CEU's are available for nurses, social workers, and health care administrators.

The Principles of the ECHO Model

  • Amplification - use technology to leverage scarce resources
  • Best practices - to reduce disparity
  • Case-based learning - to master complexity
  • Data - monitor outcomes with our web-based database

All Teach, All Learn

When all the principles are applied, a learning community in which “All Teach and All Learn” comes together. This includes:

  • Interactive Components
  • Guided Practice
  • Ongoing Mentorship
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning
  • Collaborative Problem Solving

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Hennepin Healthcare and the University of Minnesota are collaborating together to provide information and resources to support your work with residents and teams related to infection prevention, management, leadership, and sustainable quality for residents, staff and communities. Click here to view resources and archived sessions.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at and we will respond as quickly as possible.