Project ECHO®

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to de-monopolize knowledge and amplify local capacity that provides best-practice care for underserved people all over the world. The ECHO® model is committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping communities with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time.

Fundamental Principals of the Project ECHO® model are:

  • Use Technology to leverage scarce resources
  • Share “best practices” to reduce disparities
  • Apply case-based learning to master complexity
  • Evaluate and monitor outcomes via web-based database
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ECHO® ROPE: Reducing Opioid use through Pain-management Education

Goal: Educate about appropriate pain assessment and management in the Medicare and dual-eligible population, by increasing referrals to interdisciplinary modalities to utilize more non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and increase patient/family and provider education on those modalities.


  • Analyze and monitor data on length of stay, readmissions, and adverse drug events
  • Give examples of non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and when to refer to appropriate modalities
  • Define best practices for prescribing opioids in older adults
  • Educate patients and families around pain management


Learn key aspects of treating patients with pain. Learn more.

  • Stigma & Language
  • Screening
  • Appropriate Prescribing
  • Non-Pharmacological Approaches
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Patient & Family Engagement
  • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment


Session run from 12-1:30pm every other week and consist of a 15-minute didactic presented by the Hub Team. Participants then present prepared patient cases, allowing for peer-to-peer learning through case discussions and recommendations from the Hub Team.

Continuing Education

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of (number of credits) AMA PRA Category 1.5 Credit(s)™ per session. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Connecticut Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacists in attendance who complete an evaluation can receive up to 1.5 contact hour of credit per session.

Meet our Team

Hub Faculty

Julio Defillo-Draiby Julio Defillo-Draiby, MD

Alexios Carayannopoulos Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

Caitlin Kennedy Caitlin Kennedy, PharmD

Susan Wehry Susan Wehry, MD

Maureen Marsella Maureen Marsella, RN, BS, CCM

Program Team