Opioid Use Disorder ECHO: A Program Evaluation of a Project That Provides Knowledge and Builds Capacity for Community Health Workers in Medically Underserved Areas of South Texas

Jose Zapata, Angela Colistra, Janna Lesser, Belinda Flores, Annette Zavala-Idar, Andrea Moreno-Vasquez

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Abstract

Opioid use disorder is a growing public health concern in South Texas. To assist in mitigating the effects of this epidemic, staff produced a program that focused on replicating, modifying, and evaluating the impact of the “Opioid Addiction Treatment ECHO™ (Extension of Community Health Outcomes) for CHWs (community health workers) program” on 26 CHWs practicing in rural and other medically underserved areas through teleconferencing technology. CHWs trained on the topic of substance use disorder concentrated on behavioral health integration with a focus on opioid prescription misuse. The analysis found that knowledge attainment was increased above the pretest means. The ECHO™ model proved to be effective at linking subject matter experts and specialists at an academic “hub” with CHWs in local communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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