Collaboration in a time of crisis: Adapting a telementoring ECHO for addiction leaders during COVID-19

Honora Englander, Alisa Patten, Jessica Gregg

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Substance use disorder (SUD) organizations are often siloed, with little integration across specialty addictions treatment, primary care and hospitals, harm reduction, policy, and advocacy. COVID-19 introduced a pressing need for collaboration and leadership, given a fast-changing, high-stakes environment; widespread anxiety; and lack of guidance. This research letter describes our approach to convening and supporting leaders across the US state of Oregon’s SUD continuum during the pandemic. We rapidly developed and implemented a SUD COVID Response ECHO, adapting ECHO–a telementoring model–to convene leaders across 32 statewide agencies. Our experience allowed participants to lead their agencies to respond to real-time COVID-related needs, address existing barriers within SUD systems, and build relationships and community across statewide SUD leaders. This kind of collaboration–which helped bridge gaps among the diverse agencies, disciplines, and regions addressing SUDs in the state–was long overdue, and sows seeds for long-term advances in care for people with SUD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-550
Number of pages4
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • COVID-19
  • ECHO model
  • Substance-related disorders
  • case-based learning
  • continuing medical education
  • substance use treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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