Innovations in Primary Care: Expanding Capacity to Treat Mental Health and Other Chronic Diseases

New ECHO Institute to Spread Transformative Care Delivery Model and Launch Innovative Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinic; Expert Panel to Discuss Ways to Improve Access
Jun 5, 2013 10:30 AM ET
Campaign: Health at GE

On Friday, June 14, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the GE Foundation, and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will announce a new national institute focused on replicating Project ECHO and the launch of an innovative mental health clinic that could serve as a model for expanding access to behavioral health care across the country.

In addition, a panel of prominent experts will discuss how new care models such as Project ECHO can help meet the growing need for mental health and substance abuse treatment that is integrated and coordinated at the primary care level.



Friday, June 14, 10 am to 11:30 am


Newseum, Knight Conference Center – 8th Floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Speakers Include:

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Care Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Corcoran, President, GE Foundation
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Founder of Project ECHO, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque
Dr. Donald Weaver, Chief Medical Officer, National Association of Community Health Centers
Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, Senior Director, Health Care Affairs, Association of American Medical Colleges
Dr. Michael Hogan, Former New York State Commissioner of Mental Health (2007-2012)
Dr. Richard Larson, Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center


Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a groundbreaking approach to expanding specialty care access that started in New Mexico for hepatitis C treatment. It has now moved far beyond New Mexico and addresses a number of chronic diseases.
At the June 14 event, participants will address these questions:

How does the ECHO model expand treatment capacity?
What are the benefits to patients?
Why is it important to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment with primary care?
What is the potential for ECHO to improve access to mental health and substance abuse treatment?
How can ECHO be adapted to expand access to other types of care?