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National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

This initiative is a collaboration between the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Project ECHO and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control in nursing homes.

About the Project

Our team at the University of Kansas Medical Center is participating in the Network as an official training center for nursing homes. We will serve as a virtual community of practice for nursing home staff to engage with experts and their peers and share cases for real-time discussion and advice.

Network sessions will begin the week of November 9, 2020 and run for 16 sessions using the ECHO model, an "all teach, all learn" methodology developed around case-based learning and active engagement. ECHO's virtual guided practice approach has gained significant traction both nationally and globally as a core learning strategy for education and training in health care.

Nursing homes participating in this national program will work with Project ECHO toward the following goals:

  1. Preventing COVID-19 from entering nursing homes via staff, visitors and patients.
  2. Should the virus enter the nursing home, preventing greater spread among patients, staff and visitors.
  3. Providing best-practice care and treatment for patients who test positive for COVID-19.
  4. Protecting staff from infection and ensuring best-practice safety measures, to help staff build confidence in their work, feel safe from infection and support staff retention.
  5. Ensuring that patients who are dying from COVID-19 can safely receive palliative care.

News Release

Read more about this initiative through our official news release. If you have questions, contact us.

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160