ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) transforms the way rural, underserved communities learn and share knowledge. Coordinated by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, ECHO provides a virtual network for experts to mentor and share their medical expertise. Current topics include opioids and hypertension.

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In this ECHO, participants will learn to:

  1. Master clinically important topics that will enhance practitioners' ability to accurately diagnose hypertension, risk stratify patients and more effectively control hypertension, and
  2. Provide a risk stratification framework specifically for patients with severe blood pressure elevations to guide therapeutic decision-making regarding the type, timing and location of anti-hypertensive drug therapy.


Facilitated by SIU Medicine's multidisciplinary team including an addiction specialist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker and a Data-2000 waivered clinician working in a federally qualified health center (FQHC), this ECHO is designed to:

  1. Increase the number of providers with a Data-2000 waiver, also known as Buprenorphine Waiver Program or x-waiver, in Illinois counties that have few or no medication-assisted treatment services, and
  2. Engage clinicians who have received Data-2000 waivers but are not using it to treat patients by mitigating perceived barriers.

Clinician participants are strongly encouraged to identify local behavioral health partners to participate in the Opioids ECHO with them.

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