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What is Project ECHO?

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an outreach and educational program designed to address healthcare disparities in under-served and remote areas. First developed at the University of New Mexico, ECHO has revolutionized collaborative medical education across the globe by using a regional hub-and-spoke model for the purpose of knowledge-sharing among clinicians and healthcare professionals. The result is minimized wait lists, improved healthcare outcomes, and improved regional access for patients.

Project ECHO Depression

The UAB Depression and Suicide Center in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology is planning a collaborative and engaging monthly ECHO clinic. They are a team of experts that will provide education and case discussion for primary care clinicians across the state on diagnosis and treatment of depression. 

The majority of patients with Major Depressive Disorder in Alabama remain underserved, in part due to the shortage of psychiatrists on both a national and statewide scale.  Many primary care physicians on the front lines of serving patients with depression are under-equipped to manage treatment-resistant depression. The goal of these ECHO clinics will be to increase the number of patients with depression who can be treated successfully in their primary care physician's office by providing Alabama physicians with didactic instruction and live, de-identified and HIPAA-compliant case discussion on a monthly basis.

Register Now 

Join us for our first pilot session on Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Click here to register. 

Get Involved

The department is seeking primary care clinicians to join Project ECHO Depression to share knowledge with practitioners across the state, educate our medical students, and benefit our patients. Click the buttons below to make our ECHO vision a reality for Alabama.