AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

​Project ECHO, in partnership with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is launching a new, virtual peer learning community to help nursing homes with COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control.

The goals of the no-cost program include:

  • Keeping SARS-COV-2 from entering nursing homes where it has not entered
  • Identifying residents and staff who have been infected with SARS-COV-2 early
  • Preventing the spread of SARS-COV-2 between staff, residents, and visitors
  • Providing safe and appropriate care to residents with mild and asymptomatic cases of SARS-COV-2
  • Ensuring staff have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement best-practice safety measures to protect residents and themselves
  • Reducing social isolation for residents, families, and staff during these difficult times
The weekly training sessions are facilitated by small multidisciplinary teams of subject-matter and quality-improvement experts. Our program employs case-based learning, mentoring and peer-to-peer sharing of best practices.

We'll cover multiple topics over 16 virtual sessions, including:

  • Personal Protective Equipment Best Practices for COVID-19
  • Making the Environment Safe during COVID-19 through infection control practices
  • Minimizing the Spread of COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Clinical Management of Asymptomatic and Mild Cases of COVID-19
  • Managing Social Isolation during COVID-19
Each training program will evolve to meet the needs of the local nursing home community and the curriculum will be updated weekly to reflect new updates.

Both Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes are eligible to participate and receive a $6,000 stipend in recognition of staff time involved.

​To learn more about the AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network, visit https://hsc.unm.edu/echo/institute-programs/nursing-home/pages/nursing-home-info.html