ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico’s worldwide success story Project ECHO is one of six finalists out of 755 proposals for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation designed to support what the organization calls a bold solution to critical social challenges.
The 17-year-old Project ECHO is a low-cost innovation using videoconferencing and software to bring top notch health care to medical workers and patients in underserved communities around the globe, UNM said in a news release.
“We are extremely humbled and excited to be part of this final round,” said Project ECHO founder Sanjeev Arora, MD.
“Especially during this moment as the world responds to a global pandemic, the need for flexible global networks that support rapid dissemination of changing best practices and encourage locally based, collaborative problem solving is critical,” he said.
Echo ensures that millions of patients receive “access to quality care close to home, in their own language, delivered by local health workers,” according to the release.