After signing the partnership documents, the next step is for your ECHO implementation team (including at least one specialist or content expert and a program coordinator or administrative/logistics person) to attend 'Immersion' training. Immersion is an in-person training covering replication of the ECHO model, offered in Albuquerque, New Mexico (and any of the other global superhub training sites including ECHO Ontario Superhub). Immersion training will help you build an ongoing relationship with the Replication Team and ECHO staff members at the Superhub, who will assist you in setting up your own ECHO clinics.
Topics covered include operations, implementation and best practices, spoke recruitment and retention, developing curricula, evaluation, IT best practices and more, which will prepare you to run a successful ECHO program and establish a new ECHO hub site.
The ECHO Ontario Superhub delivers a 2-day immersion training. The following is a sample agenda that include topics and descriptions:
This year the ECHO Ontario Superhub will be introducing a new topic in our training: Including Patients and Caregivers in ECHO.
Refer to this Immersion Planning Worksheet prior to attending to help you think through what you'll require to start your own ECHO. It will also help guide your in-person Immersion experience.