“The ECHO model promotes both learning from experts and learning through a community of practice,” said Dr. Emily Graybill, clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health, associate director of the CLD and ECHO model team lead. “Nursing home staff across Georgia have the opportunity to share and learn best practices from each other, in addition to learning from our Emory University content experts.”
More than a quarter of the recent COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been reported in long-term care communities. Advanced age, underlying frailty and communal living conditions make nursing home residents especially vulnerable, and their reliance on nursing home staff members put workers at high risk. The CDC and state of Georgia have prioritized nursing home residents and staff members to be the first to get the newly approved COVID-19 vaccines.