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UofL Trager Institute Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) was established to provide training and telementoring for health care professionals and staff across the nation and around the world. It includes over 250 training partners across the United States.


The initiative is a collaboration between the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Project ECHO, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control in nursing homes. Due to the rising cases within nursing homes, this initiative is currently underway.

Our team at the University of Louisville Trager Institute is participating in the Network as an official training center for nursing homes. We will serve as a virtual community of practice for nursing home staff to engage with experts and their peers and share cases for real-time discussion and advice.

We know that nursing home staff and professionals are dedicated to providing high-quality, safe care for residents in their facilities. Nursing home staff members who care for our seniors are among the most needed and most at-risk essential workers. Participating in the network provides nursing homes with practical information, skills and resources needed to protect both residents and staff from the virus.

Broadly, the Network aims to address the following goals:

  • Keep the virus from entering nursing homes where it has not entered

  • Identify residents and staff who have been infected with the virus early

  • Prevent the spread of the virus between staff, residents and visitors

  • Provide safe and appropriate care to residents with mild and asymptomatic cases

  • 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

At the University of Louisville Trager Institute, we have assembled an experienced team of experts to help facilitate this community of practice and support participating nursing homes in areas of safety and quality improvement (QI). Our team includes:

  • Anna C. Faul, Project Director

  • Laura Morton, Nursing Home MD Specialist

  • Ruth Carrico, Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Laura Botwinick, QI Expert

  • Christian D. Furman, Palliative Care Specialist

  • Pamela A. Yankeelov, Quality Improvement Specialist

  • Samantha Cotton, Compassionate Care Specialist

  • Joseph D’Ambrosio, Mental Health Specialist

  • Barbara Gordon, Community Engagement Specialist

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