2020 ECHO Clinics Focused on Public Health Practitioners Leading in a Time of Crisis

NACDD continues to offer a leadership opportunity called ECHO® Clinics for state Chronic Disease Directors to engage in peer-to-peer conversations contributing to emerging issues in public health that impact states. These clinics provide a “case management” focus to select topics and allow for in-depth discussion by the participants. The clinics leverage ECHO hub-and-spoke connectivity technology and are founded on principles that support communities of practice and peer mentoring. The clinics offer a facilitated discussion to engage creative thinking about emerging issues impacting public health practitioners working in chronic disease. The 2020 ECHO Clinics consisted of two sessions that provided a virtual peer-learning platform to hear firsthand from states on the topic of Public Health Practitioners Leading in a Time of Crisisspecifically COVID-19’s impact on mental health. 
ECHO Clinic speakers for both sessions were Dr. Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer for Well Being Trust and Jill Myers Geadelmann, Chief of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Bureau at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dr. Miller spoke from a national perspective on COVID-19’s impact on mental health. Ms. Geadelmann provided participants with insight into how the Iowa Department of Health is supporting their staff’s heath and encouraging wellness. The first clinic was geared to frame the mental health impact discussion from a macro perspective, analyzing policies and discussing possible solutions. By the end of the clinic, participants were educated on the ways COVID-19 has impacted our communities’ mental health, how mental health could be better addressed through novel models of care, and the ways in which participants could immediately make a positive impact on mental health in their communities. The second clinic focused on taking mental health interventions to scale. Discussions included information on practices for integrating mental health, actions states/communities can take to better integrate through delivery and financing, and understanding policy options for better mental health integration.
Two ECHO Clinics are planned for spring 2021. More information will be available once dates and topics are finalized.  

Read more from the October 2020 issue of Impact Brief below.

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