The Florida Rural Health Association along with Project ECHO are working to support first responders such as firefighters, EMS, medical transport personnel, and law enforcement officers, in their roles on the frontlines of America's. These sessions will help you build expertise in the development and management of a community paramedicine program.
What is Project ECHO?
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Using proven adult learning techniques and interactive video technology, the ECHO Model™ connects groups of community providers with specialists in regular real-time collaborative sessions. The sessions, designed around case-based learning and mentorship, help local workers gain the expertise required to provide needed services. By providing case consultations and brief presentations, experts in mental health, substance abuse, prevention, and wellness will enhance first responders’ knowledge and skills. We hope to teach, learn, and share best practices across the communities of first responders and to assist them in building self-efficacy.

Florida Rural Health Association and Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes) is launching the “Rural EMS Project ECHO Clinic-Developing a Community Paramedicine Program”.


The ongoing series of TeleECHO clinics will consist of hour-long sessions starting at noon (12:00 pm EST). The clinic begins with a 20-minute lecture on a specific topic relevant to paramedicine. Sessions use the Zoom application for videoconferencing.

Following the short lecture, participants can present de-identified cases (submitted in advance) which serve as the focal point for in-depth discussions related to paramedicine. The first TeleECHO clinic will occur on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at noon (12:00 pm EST).

Download the Case Presentation Here.



  • May 21st, 2020 
  • May 28th, 2020
  • June 4th, 2020 
  • June 11th, 2020 
  • June 18th, 2020 
  • June 26th, 2020 

Target Audience: Rural primary care providers, Rural EMS agencies, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in rural areas, and Rural Health Networks (RHNs) and their staff.


Session 1: "Structure of a Paramedicine Program" - Jerri Regan, MS, MPA, RN 

Session 2: "Planning for a Successful Community Paramedicine Program" - Linda Liebert-Hall, JD/MBA

Session 3: "Engaging Stakeholders of CP Program Inception" - Ariella Bak

Session 4: "Effects of Trauma on First Responders" - Adrianne Cology, MA, LMHC, RPT, TF-CBT

Session 5: "Mental Health & Addiction Care in MIH" - Lauren Young, LCSW

Session 6: "Lessons Learned" -Ariella Bak

We hope to collaborate on other topics of interest. If you have suggestions for topics or cases, please share them with us. Please learn more about Rural EMS Project ECHO Clinic via the webpage at or contact our project coordinator directly at [email protected] so we can set up a time to discuss.


At future clinics, we invite you to present your system case *after* the didactic presentation. If you would like to present a case, please follow the steps below:

  1. Are you seeking recommendations and best practices for an on-going case or situation your program is experiencing? Complete a case presentation form to discuss the case and next steps with paramedicine experts and your peers.
  2. Complete the Case Presentation Form, as thoroughly as you can, so that our expert panelist will have as complete a picture of your case as possible.
  3. Please email completed form to [email protected]

Download the Case Presentation Here.

We look forward to your involvement in our Rural EMS Project ECHO Clinic.