AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network - Thursdays

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.


Supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is launching a National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network.

Our team at Oregon ECHO Network is participating in the Network as an official Training Center for nursing homes.

We aim to engage all Medicare- or Medicaid-eligible nursing facilities in Oregon to develop the capabilities to consistently implement evidence-based best practices to achieve these goals:

  1. Keep SARS-CoV-2 from entering nursing homes.
  2. Early identification of residents and staff who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
  3. Prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 between staff, residents, and visitors.
  4. Provide safe and appropriate care to residents with mild and asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2.
  5. Ensure staff have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement best-practice safety measures to protect residents and themselves.
  6. Reduce social isolation for residents, families, and staff during these difficult times.

Participating Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible nursing facilities will receive federal funding to support the implementation and adoption of quality improvement practices and measures. Nursing facilities eligible to receive funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) that actively participate in at least 13 of the 16 Network training sessions can receive $6,000 in compensation for participating. At least two people from each facility must participate in order to receive the funding.



Session/Title Date
0 - Vaccines - December 22, 1:30 p.m. 11/2/2020
1 - Preventing and Limiting the Spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes 11/12/2020
2 - Guidance and Practical Approaches for Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during COVID-19 11/19/2020
3 - Approaches to Cohorting during COVID-19 12/3/2020
4 - Promoting Solutions for Making the Built Environment Safer During COVID-19 12/10/2020
5 - Advance Care Planning in the time of COVID-19 12/17/2020
6 - COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Homes 1/7/2021
7 - COVID-19 Community Transmission and Nursing Home Screening Strategies 1/14/2021
8 - Staff Returning to Work Safely during COVID-19 1/21/2021
9 - Interprofessional Team Management of Mild cases of COVID-19 1/28/2021
10 - Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting during COVID-19 2/4/2021
11 - Promoting Safe Care Transitions during COVID-19 – Admissions, Discharges and Transfers 2/11/2021
12 - Managing Social Isolation during COVID 19: Perspectives on Staff and Residents 2/18/2021
13 - Supporting the Emotional Well-being of Staff Caring for Residents during COVID-19 2/25/2021
14 - Effective Leadership and Communication during COVID-19 3/4/2021
15 - Post-COVID Syndrome/Recovery for staff and residents 3/11/2021
16 - COVID-19- Where Do We Go From Here?:Safe Visitation and Reopening 3/18/2021
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