Learn How to Help Your Community Manage its Health

Get expert Community Health Worker (CHW) knowledge in a virtual learning network with University of Missouri and Community Health Worker leaders and specialists throughout the state.

Project ECHO is a guided practice model that increases workforce capacity to provide specialty care and reduce health disparities. Community Health Workers work in a variety of areas of practice to meet the needs of the communities they serve.


Topics for Evidence-Based Care Include:

  • Health Literacy
  • Trauma Awareness and Mental Health
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Social Determinates of Health
  • Assessing, Interviewing & Mental Health
  • Documentation
  • Patient Education/Assessing materials
  • Medication Adherence
  • Quality Improvement
  • Care Coordination
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Universal Resources
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Safety, Self-awareness, Home Visits
  • CHW Self-care
  • Building Patient Relationships/How to Collaborate (home visits)
  • Communicating w/Clients & Healthcare Professionals
  • Re-entry from Prison System
  • Ethics

What Does Community Health Worker ECHO Offer?

  • No cost to participating sites or individuals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with experts and other health-care providers
  • Integration of community health with primary care
  • The opportunity to present a case and get feedback from other CHWs around the state
  • Networking with other CHWs around the state

Meet Our Team

Dennis Dunmyer, JD, LCSW, CHW, Program Expert, Kansas City CARE Clinic

Payree Short, M.S.Ed, BSN, RN, CHW, CHW Educator, Ozark Technical Community College

Suzanne Smith, BS, Community Resource Specialist, Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri

Jill Taylor, PhD, LCSW, CHW, Supervisor/Behavioral Health Specialist, Family Care Health Centers

Melanie Calhoun, RN, Nurse Case Manager, People’s Health Center

Nick Butler, MSM, Health Literacy Expert, University of Missouri

Becky Hogan, RN, Health Home Director, Access Family Care

Amy Summers, LPN, CHW; Community Health Worker; Northeast Missouri Health Council

Micheal Lawrence, CHW, BA; Community Health Worker; Family Care Health Centers