Nursing Home COVID-19 Network

University of Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO program is an official training center with the national Nursing Home COVID-19 Network. ECHO programs around the country recruited nursing homes to join an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control. The network is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Click here to download flyer. Click here to learn more.


Why This ECHO?

It is estimated that approximately 57,000 nursing home residents and staff have died from COVID-19, representing more than one-quarter of the nation’s known COVID-19 deaths. Nursing home residents are especially vulnerable due to their age, underlying frailty and communal living conditions. Nursing home staff members who care for seniors are among the most needed and most at risk essential workers.

How Does it Work?

The Network will operate as a 16-week interactive virtual community of practice utilizing the ECHO model. The model is based on the idea that to learn complex ideas, guided mentorship is needed in an “all teach, all learn” environment. The Network sessions are designed to create space to hear directly from nursing home staff about the challenges they are facing through discussion of real cases. All participants are encouraged to share best practices and learn from their peers while benefiting from the guidance of nursing home and quality improvement experts. Each Network session will include a short lecture combined with case-based presentations and discussion.

Goals & Objectives

The Network aims to help nursing homes implement evidence-based care and best practices to:

  • Keep SARS-CoV-2 from entering nursing homes where it has not entered
  • Identify residents and staff who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 early
  • Prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 between staff, residents and visitors
  • Provide safe and appropriate care to residents with mild and asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2
  • Ensure staff have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement best-practice safety measures to protect residents and themselves
  • Reduce social isolation for residents, families and staff during these difficult times
  • Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion

    Sessions may include such topics as:

    • Personal Protective Equipment Best Practices for COVID-19
    • Making the Environment Safe During COVID-19 Through Infection Control Practices
    • Minimizing the Spread of COVID-19
    • COVID-19 Testing
    • Clinical Management of Asymptomatic and Mild Cases of COVID-19
    • Managing Social Isolation During COVID-19

    Each training program, however, will evolve to meet the needs of the local nursing home community and the curriculum will be updated weekly to reflect new evidence, innovations in best practices, and changes in the pandemic.