Agi Erickson Bio

The Project ECHO Model: How the Model is Making a Difference in Rural and Undeserved Areas
Concurrent Session: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community Health Center, Inc. is the only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to operate its own Project ECHO® clinics. Weitzman ECHO clinics are specifically designed to meet the needs of safety net primary care providers and their communities. Participants will learn how ECHO can address knowledge gaps in clinical care and how ECHO builds a community of practice. Participants will also be able to describe the basic tenets of ECHO as compared to e-Learning.

Ági Erickson is the Director of Project ECHO at the Community Health Center Inc.’s Weitzman Institute. She has overseen the replication and rapid national growth and spread of the Weitzman Institute’s unique Project ECHO since 2012 to over 209 health center practice sites supporting over 775 medical and behavioral health providers, and 240 care team members in 25 states. Her efforts are focused on addressing and tackling the “hot spots” of our communities as well as national public health emergencies and epidemics including the national epidemic on opioid addiction. Ági provided leadership and direction for the development and implementation of the following National Project ECHO Learning Communities: chronic pain, opioid dependency, HCV, HIV, Pediatric and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Complex Care Management and for LGBT Health by promoting an affirming and a welcoming environment.

Ági completed Clinical Microsystems training at the Dartmouth Institute and is a certified coach. She received training in advanced facilitation by Ingrid Bens, an internationally recognized expert in facilitation skills, and completed lean training at Denver Health Lean Academy. She earned her Master’s Degree from Quinnipiac University in Organizational Leadership concentrating in Health Care Management.