Project ECHO Is Awarded $6.4 Million Grant for Diabetes and Endocrinology Care to New Mexico Underserved
July 23rd, 2014
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is already a nationally recognized model that links community-based clinicians with specialists at university medical centers to help patients in rural and underserved areas manage chronic, common, and complex conditions such as diabetes.
But with a recent $6.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Project ECHO will expand this work to a pilot program called Endocrinology teleECHO (Endo ECHO), the starting point for a national model that could help provide care for the more than 25 million Americans living with diabetes and other hormonal disorders.
Endo ECHO will apply the proven methodology of Project ECHO to train and support clinicians and their teams to provide access to care for patients in rural and underserved areas of New Mexico who are combating Type 1 and complex Type 2 diabetes and other hormonal disorders. Endo ECHO is the first program to provide support for multiple endocrine disorders, such as thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal diseases.
As the sole funder of Endo ECHO, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes Program is interested in the pilot program’s impact on the quality of care for those living with diabetes and other endocrinologic disorders. Read the rest of this entry »