The Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO
Help us create an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in the care of persons who are aging.
This project is supported by Hennepin Healthcare Systems and the University of Minnesota.
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
Assisted Living & Nursing Home Continuing Education
The Minnesota Geriatrics ECHO hosts twice monthly virtual sessions which provide information and technical assistance on a wide variety of topics related to senior care. Each session offers one (1) pre-approved continuing education (CE) hour for Licensed Assisted Living Directors (LALD or ALDIR) and for Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (LNHA).
Each year the state licensing board (Board of Examiners for Long Term Services and Supports, BELTSS) requires LALDs and LNHAs to report their annual CEs. In this process you attest (confirm) that you completed the total number of hours rather than listing each CE session in which you participated.
Keep in mind that BELTSS could audit your submission. If they do, you will need to prove your attendance at approved education events. The Geriatrics ECHO keeps a list of all attendees of sessions. In the event you are audited, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request proof of attendance.
You must complete the following to prove your attendance:
- Register to be a part of the Geriatrics ECHO. This can be done by completing the online registration form.
- Register for each session you attended. A registration link is sent the Monday before each session.
- Put your name, organization, and position in the chat at each session. This ensures that you are counted as being present.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at GeriatricsECHO@umn.edu and we will respond as quickly as possible.