February 8, 2022
The Tribal Community Health Provider Project (TCHPP) Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Program at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) is proud to announce the launch of a new Indian Country Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) program on February 8, 2022, from Noon to 1:30 pm (PST). Our goal is to build off the success of the NW Elders, Knowledge Holders, and Culture Keepers virtual gatherings as a way to continue to provide engaging workforce development for our TCHPP students and graduates.
Our newest ECHO will provide space for elders, knowledge holders, and culture keepers to regularly connect, collaborate, and support one another as well as provide regional traditional knowledge, clinical education, and advice to our tribal community health students, providers, and staff. Participants will be able to further develop their skills as care providers by bringing together traditional and western knowledge as tools for and approaches to behavioral health.
What is Indian Country ECHO?
One of the ways the NW Portland Area Indian Health Board fosters collaboration is through the offering of tele-ECHO programs via the Zoom platform. These programs provide an interactive online learning environment where tribal community health care providers and staff serving American Indian and Alaska Native people can connect with peers, engage in didactic presentations, collaborate on case consultations, and receive mentorship and workforce development opportunities from elders and knowledge holders across Indian Country.
The Indian Country NW Elders, Knowledge Holders, and Culture Keepers ECHO will provide comprehensive information for tribal community health providers to effectively increase access to quality behavioral healthcare that is culturally appropriate to their unique tribes and communities. The 90-minute telehealth sessions will offer tribal community health providers and staff an opportunity to engage in a 45-minute teaching presentation by lead faculty, followed by a discussion of community member and systems-based cases. Each ECHO will conclude with time for feedback and healing recommendations from peers and our multidisciplinary team of elders, knowledge holders, and clinicians working in Indian Country.
Who Can Participate? How Can I Help?
We are seeking community members who are dedicated to being of service - tribal elders, recognized knowledge holders, culture keepers, spiritual leaders, instructors/teachers, storytellers, traditional healthcare providers, artists, and others who hold a deep appreciation for their Indigenous communities and who want to offer their experience to serve as a cultural guide for our students and graduates.
ECHO faculty will teach together but focus on a variety of skills for our past, present, and future tribal community health provider students and others who wish to participate. The ECHO platform will be an important part of a successful academic career as TCHPP students engage in their respective programs at Northwest Indian College, Heritage University, and Skagit Valley College.
To learn more about Indian Country ECHO and to receive log-in/call-in details and recordings – please click the link: Indian Country ECHO sign up
To learn more about the Tribal Community Health Provider Project (TCHPP) and behavioral health aides, dental health aides, and community health aides – please click the link: Tribal Community Health Provider Project at NPAIHB
If you have any questions, please reach out:
Tanya Firemoon (Nakoda)
Tribal Community Health Provider Project Manager