What is ECHO at CAMH and UofT?
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a global capacity building model that started in New Mexico, and has expanded in numerous clinical areas throughout Canada, with over 170 clinical hub sites internationally. ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH and the University of Toronto is a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model of knowledge dissemination and capacity building, which aims to exchange knowledge between academic health science centres and healthcare providers using easy videoconferencing technology. Healthcare providers become part of a learning and support community, where they receive mentoring and feedback from the team of specialists. Working together, healthcare providers get the help and the support they need to provide care to their clients as close to home as possible.
Did You Know?
Since 2015, ECHO Ontario Mental Health has connected with 480+ healthcare providers from 140+ organizations in 14 LHINs?
Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, counsellors, students, and so many more join our sessions!
ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and is free for participants.
All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
Earn CME Credits
ECHO has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for Mainpro+ credits.
It Works for You and Our System
ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
Please click this video to learn more about Project ECHO!
How Does ECHO Work?
Project ECHO builds a virtual community of practice by connecting specialists at CAMH with healthcare providers across Ontario using free, online videoconferencing. Each session consists of a didactic presentation based on the curriculum topics, followed by case-based learning. During the case-based learning part of the session, a healthcare provider presents an anonymized client case to the community of practice for feedback and recommendations. In this way, primary care providers receive mentoring and feedback from specialists, building confidence, efficacy, and capacity for mental health and addiction care across the province.
- Increases local capacity to provide timely access to specialist-level care in a local, culturally competent environment
- Reduces need for specialist intervention and decreases wait times for specialists
- Improves ability to assess and manage patients and their comorbidities within primary care
- Reduces professional isolation and increases professional support by developing a virtual community of practice
- De-monopolizes knowledge regarding specialized evidence-based best practices to reduce disparities in the quality of care
Project ECHO at CAMH and UofT
Project ECHO at CAMH and University of Toronto was launched to help primary care providers build capacity in the treatment of mental health and addictions. Since 2015, ECHO Ontario Mental Health has connected with over 400 primary care providers and over 80 organizations across Ontario. This project is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and does not require any payment from primary care provider sites. All sessions are CME accredited at no cost.
Launched ECHO Ontario Mental Health
Launched ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness
Launched ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions
Launched ECHO Ontario Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Launched ECHO Ontario Trans and Gender Diverse Healthcare
Launching ECHO Ontario Structured Psychotherapy
Launching ECHO Ontario Advanced Practice
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