The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to contributing to a dramatic increase in the accurate and timely diagnosis of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and significantly increasing the number of people who receive affordable, high-quality care and support.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care ECHO Program connects dementia care experts with health care teams from primary care practices and emphasizes high-quality, person-centered care in community-based settings.

How it works

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a free telementoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to build workforce capacity and improve access to specialty care in local communities. Expert multidisciplinary specialist teams and primary care practices come together in regularly scheduled collaborative, interactive learning sessions to share information and learn from each other via case-based discussions and brief didactic presentations.

During this six-month bi-weekly program, primary care providers gain knowledge, confidence and access to specialty consultation so that they can deliver excellent dementia care to patients in their own communities.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Case-based learning so that all participants teach and learn.
  • Brief didactic presentations from experts in the field.
  • Video conferencing to foster interactive learning.
  • Easy access for joining a learning series.

Project ECHO aims to improve health outcomes while reducing geographic barriers and the cost of care through a team-based approach. This series from the Alzheimer’s Association is one of the first in the country focused on improving access to an accurate and timely diagnosis and receiving quality dementia care in the primary care setting. The topics for this primary care series are based on Alzheimer’s Association dementia care guidance for health care professionals.