Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders.
Evaluation of Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®), an innovative model of healthcare education and delivery, was conceived as a response to the problem of inadequate access to high quality and evidence based care for under served populations. It was launched at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHHSC), US in the year 2003.This low-cost, high-impact intervention links inter-disciplinary teams located at academic medical centers and leading healthcare institutions with healthcare workers in under served areas through tele ECHO programs, where experts mentor and share their expertise via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to treat patients with complex and chronic conditions locally, in their own communities. A core tenet of the ECHO model is tracking and monitoring outcomes. The goal for this evaluation is to measure the effectiveness of the ECHO model in improving access to specialty care among rural and urban community residents in India. This evaluation will not only be used to assess effectiveness but will also help in continual improvement and adjustment of ECHO’s replication strategy. With the support of a grant from the Merck Foundation in the US in 2016, the ECHO Institute at UNMHSC has commenced a three-year initiative to evaluate the efficacy of the ECHO model in India, and to establish and learn from best practices in different cultural settings. PHFI is responsible for leading the evaluation in India in partnership with ECHO India. This evaluation began on February 1, 2018 and will conclude January 31, 2021.