Project ECHO Programs at MD Anderson
Project ECHO is being used to elevate evidence-based cancer prevention and control activities, as well as engage providers in learning across the continuum of cancer care worldwide. The ECHO model is part of a larger comprehensive strategy to build capacity in partnering regions.
Currently we operate several ECHO programs globally:
Texas and the United States
- Since 2014, MD Anderson has partnered with providers along the Texas-Mexico border to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in this region. This program has expanded to include participants in other low-resource regions of Texas.
- MD Anderson is partnered with family medicine residency programs in Texas to create a learning network for survivorship care and best practice care for cancer survivors.
- MD Anderson partners with health systems and clinics to increase health care professionals' capacity to treat tobacco addiction.
- MD Anderson partners with dermatology and family practice residency programs to provide dermoscopy training and education to enhance melanoma early detection.
- MD Anderson collaborates with community health organizations in Houston and El Paso to provide continuing education in survivorship care to health educators that deliver our Active Living After Cancer program.
- MD Anderson collaborates with colleagues in Latin America (consortium of 10 countries) to share best practices for prevention and management of cervical cancer. The program is co-led by Universidad de la Republica de Montevideo in Uruguay. These sessions are conducted in Spanish.
- Palliative care ECHO Africa (PACA) is a consortium of palliative care experts from several countries working together to improve palliative care capacity in Africa.
- Project ECHO Mozambique programs include treatment of cervical, breast and head and neck cancers, management of lymphomas and pathology education. These meetings are held in Portuguese in partnership with specialists from three MD Anderson sister institutions in Brazil.
MD Anderson Project ECHO Staff
Ellen Baker, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Project ECHO
Melissa Lopez Varon, M.S.
Project Director, Project ECHO