The Power of Connections: AAP COVID-19 ECHO Accelerates Responses During a Public Health Emergency

Discussion: As the COVID-19 pandemic surges and another influenza season is upon us, the ECHO model is an effective strategy for facilitating bidirectional communication and education to build child health professionals' knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy during an unprecedented and ongoing public health emergency. Key Points The ECHO model is an effective strategy for health care organizations to facilitate bidirectional communication and education in building health professionals' clinical knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy during the unprecedented and ongoing public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice - Category: Health Management Tags: Research Reports Source Type: research

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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news
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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus Mathematics UK news Science World news Source Type: news
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Source: American Journal of Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Molecular Medicine - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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