Project ECHO’s Story

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Launched in 2003, Project ECHO grew out of one doctor’s vision. Sanjeev Arora, M.D., a social innovator and liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, was frustrated that he could serve only a fraction of the hepatitis C patients in the state. He wanted to serve as many patients with hepatitis C as possible, so he created a free, educational model and mentored community providers across New Mexico in how to treat the condition.

A New England Journal of Medicine study found that hepatitis C care provided by Project ECHO trained community providers was as good as care provided by specialists at a university. The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead telementoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.


Three new ECHO Series coming soon!
– Pediatric Mental Health
– Medication Assisted Treatment
– Adverse Childhood Experiences

Behavioral Health Integration: Psychiatric Issues in Primary Care Setting ECHO

Clinicians and Behavioral Health Team members are cordially invited to participate in Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions Behavioral Health Integration: Psychiatric Issues in Primary Care Setting ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program, funded by HRSA’s Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant program. ECHO is a tele-mentoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to combine brief didactic presentations with interactive and practical case presentations from participants.

This 12 session ECHO series will include the following topics:

  • Mood Disorders in Primary Care (February 2021)
  • Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care (April 2021)
  • Addictions in Primary Care (June/July 2021)

These sessions are finished. See above for new and ongoing opportunities!

Sessions for this cohort will occur on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm (EST) in June/July 2021. Sessions will be led by Kelley Mahar, MD an Associate Program Director of MSU Psychiatry Residency UP Track and Psychiatrist practicing in the UP for over 20 years.

Benefits of participation include:

  • No cost to you or your facility
  • No cost to you continuing medical education (CME) credits*
  • No cost to you nursing continuing education (CEU) units*
  • The opportunity to present your tough cases and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and your peers
  • Share and learn with other clinicians, practices, and a multidisciplinary team of specialists on how to:
    • Increase knowledge and comfort with diagnosing and treating mild to moderate mood and anxiety disorders
    • Increase knowledge of best practices in pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments
    • Increase knowledge and comfort with diagnosing and treating addiction and co-morbid addiction and mental illness.
  • Open access to all references and resources

We are inviting primary care clinic teams (team may include MD, DO, NP, PA, BHC, Care Managers/Coordinators) to participate.

Please contact Kristie Hechtman via email here, or by calling (906) 225-7166 if you have any questions about this ECHO program.



These activities have been submitted to UP Health System – Marquette for 1.0 Continued Medical Education Credit for physicians for each full session that participants attend. UP Health System – Marquette is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

These activities have also been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award 1.0 contact hour for each full session that participants attend. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-008-91)