Using Project ECHO to Keep Professionals Well at Work: Individual and Organizational Outcomes

Ginny Sprang, Stephanie Gusler, Scott LaJoie, Jessica Eslinger, Emily Smith

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Abstract

Objective: The toll of COVID-19 stress on the mental health of the workforce has been well-documented. The present study examined the use of the Project ECHO framework to provide practices and resources on stress management and emotion regulation to increase individual and organizational health and well-being. Methods: Three independent ECHOs were designed and conducted over an 18-month period. Data was collected on the implementation of new learning and comparisons of organizational efforts toward being more secondary trauma responsive from baseline to post initiative, using cloud-based survey methods. Results: Findings suggest that the use of micro-interventions at the organizational level improved over time in the areas of resilience-building and policy-making, and that individuals were actively integrating skills related to managing their stress. Conclusions: Lessons learned adapting and implementing ECHO strategies in the midst of a pandemic are offered, as well as how to cultivate wellness champions in the workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, Association for Academic Psychiatry and Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry.

Keywords

  • COVID
  • Professional well-being
  • Project ECHO
  • Secondary traumatic stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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