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The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project is a videoconferencing, case-based learning platform that can feed a knowledge-sharing network. ECHO's goal is to create and foster telementoring between front-line caregivers in rural and underserved settings with experts and other health care professionals who are able to share necessary information to improve patient and public health outcomes. 

USD’s School of Health Sciences serves as one of two South Dakota ECHO “hubs." A "hub" is the source of health care information that is dispensed via webinar-type presentations. The “spokes” in the model are the local communities that receive telementoring and become part of the learning community.

A teleECHO clinic includes a short didactic, followed by case presentations from “Spoke” sites and discussion of the learning community. In many instances, those participating are able to earn continuing education credits.

One ECHO project highlights and combats opioid abuse. USD health care experts from the departments of Addiction Counseling and Prevention, Social Work and Physical Therapy utilize ECHO technologies to train addiction counselors from around South Dakota using a pain assessment curriculum. Counselors will benefit by the training to better understand pain assessment and treatment alternatives. USD’s School of Health Sciences is using the ECHO model to engage professionals working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Other applications for ECHO are being planned that relate to palliative care and trauma informed care. 

Learn More About ECHO

Contact the School of Health Sciences if you are interested in getting involved or if you have any questions at

News In Brief

  • "Project ECHO: A Democracy of Knowledge" is a new documentary film that tells the ECHO story through profiles of three ECHO programs in the United States and India, featuring interviews with providers and patients. Together, these vignettes help illustrate the breadth and the power of the ECHO movement. Watch at on SDPB PBS station January 12 at 2 p.m. CT and spread the word!

  • Parents, We Need You

    If you would you like to help create awareness about early childhood hearing screening in South Dakota, please join us for the SD EHDI Project ECHO parent sessions. There will be a session, once a month, for one hour in the evening. The session will include an educational talk, followed by an example case and discussion. All you need to join the sessions is internet connection and a device that is internet accessible.

    For more information, please email

  • Addiction Counseling professionals and students: Would you like to learn more about pain management for OUD patients? Join us for the USD Opioid ECHO sessions Jan. 16 – May 7. 

    You can join each session via Zoom from your computer, tablet or phone. Continuing education credits are available through the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals. 

    Register by emailing