Project ECHO

What is Project ECHO?

Learn from Substance Use Disorder Experts!

What: ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an opportunity for providers across the state to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice, and recommendations from substance use and pain management specialists in a virtual learning network.

More about ECHO: ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect addiction and pain management specialists with providers to discuss de-identified cases related to substance use disorders. Each ECHO call consists of a brief didactic presentation followed by a clinical case discussion from a provider and recommendations from the team for treatment.

Topic Update!

Updated discussion topic: After each Project ECHO call there will be a discussion on COVID-19's impact on pain and substance use disorders.

Project ECHO case discussion time will now be used to talk about COVID-19 and the challenges it presents to individuals living with pain and substance use disorders.

Each member of the presentation team will share recommendations and their profession’s perspective on different challenges brought on by COVID-19, such as the cancellation of medical and therapeutic appointments and feelings of isolation. They will present resources and actionable next steps to help your clients dealing with these and other challenges. Anyone who has questions or is looking for resources on this topic is welcome to attend.


Registration for each session generally ends four days before the call takes place. Register early and avoid the last-minute rush!

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View this Project ECHO video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the Project ECHO sessions in Albuquerque, NM.

Clinical Goals/Objectives


Continuing Education

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is provided for 1.0 contact hour under ANCC criteria.

This program is not yet approved for LADC credit. ECHO organizers plan to request 1 credit per ECHO call from the NE LADC Board. The total number of approved credits yet to be determined.

This Project ECHO project is funded in whole from State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant #1H79TI080263-02 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for $126,237.60. 100% of project funding subgranted through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

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Project ECHO Expert Panel
Dr. Tina Chasek

Dr. Christine Chasek
Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Addiction Counselor, Kearney

Dr. Todd Stull

Dr. Todd Stull
Addiction Psychiatrist, Lincoln

Dr. John Massey

Dr. John Massey
Pain Medicine Specialist, Lincoln

Dr. Sandra Cook Fong

Dr. Sandra Cook-Fong, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kearney

Dr. Ken Zoucha

Dr. Ken Zoucha
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Addiction Medicine Specialist, Hastings

Aaron Barnes

Aaron Barnes
Addiction Recovery Coach and Personal Trainer, Omaha


Sandy Bulin
Licensed Practical Nurse, Lincoln