Project ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Integrating treatment and primary care

We are a team of multidisciplinary addiction specialists from across the region.

Who we serve:

Any member of the primary care team, including clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, social workers, medical assistants, and community health workers. All community treatment teams for behavioral health or substance use disorders. Members of organizations serving communities where we live, work and heal together.

What we do:

Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic ECHO provides training and support to primary care, community organizations, mental health and substance use disorder treatment teams to work together to increase access to medication assisted treatment, trauma-informed practice and coordinated community care.

Hub and spoke knowledge-sharing networks create a learning loop: Through telementoring, ECHO creates access to high-quality specialty care in local communities.

  • Community teams learn from specialists
  • Community teams learn from each other
  • Best practices emerge from collaboration

What does Project ECHO Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic provide?

ECHO provides training in opioid addiction treatment, delivered right to your clinic twice a month. Using simple videoconferencing technology, healthcare teams connect to a community of learners which offers:

  • Free continuing education credit
  • Opportunity to present actual patient cases, in a de-identified format, and receive specialty input
  • Addiction treatment training, including management of naloxone/ buprenorphine (e.g. Suboxone) and injectable naltrexone (e.g. Vivitrol)
  • Access to a virtual learning community for treatment guidelines, tools, and patient resources
  • Access to a community of partners x made up of your fellow participants across the region
  • Certificate of training completion from ECHO


The ECHO model™ uses simple videoconferencing technology to connect primary care team members, community treatment teams and community organizations from across the region with multidisciplinary specialists in addiction. Participants present patient cases for discussion, and receive recommendations for care from the network. Over time, community providers become experts in the treatment of opioid use disorder, bringing this valuable expertise and partnerships to their clinic and community. The Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic ECHO started in March 2020, but new members can join on a rolling basis.

Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month from 7-9 a.m.

Register now to reserve your space in this no-cost program. Find out more about how to bring this life changing treatment and partnerships to your patients and community.

To register contact Naomi Dorshimer – or call 610-820-7605.

(Funding for these sessions was made possible by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS) grant number U1QHP28704 titled “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.” The information or content and conclusions presented are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.)