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The Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) offers an exciting "telementoring" program for NYS clinicians providing HIV/AIDS, STIs and Drug User Health clinical care. Using the ECHO™ model, CEI ECHO sessions will provide you a regular opportunity to discuss cases from your practice with experts in HIV/AIDS, Sexual Health (SH) and Drug User Health (DUH) prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Each session will also feature a short didactic presentation on a topic of interest.

The result

You will be more educated and more confident in dealing with a wide variety of clinical situations, and will become more connected to other clinicians who provide HIV/AIDS, SH and Drug User Health care.

How does it work?

Through monthly teleconferences, ECHO links expert specialist teams at an academic "hub" with clinicians in local practice settings, known as spokes in the model. Together, they develop a learning community where the spokes receive mentoring and feedback from specialists. Spokes are encouraged to send in real cases (de-identified) for discussion. Although the ECHO model makes use of video conferencing technology (ZOOM), it is different from telemedicine.

How to Participate

All NYS clinicians are welcome to participate. Space is limited to promote a high level of interaction among participants. There is no cost to join.


Please let us know by clicking on one of our upcoming ECHO session below or contact: for questions about the HIV ECHO for questions about the Sexual Health ECHO

Emily Scognamiglio for questions about the Drug User Health ECHO


We're excited to be working with you!



Every 4th Wednesday from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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New Closed Drug User Health ECHO™ to Begin June 2021

This tele-mentoring program is intended for NYS medical providers (MD, DO, NP, PA, or DDS) with the goal to learn strategies to provide care to people who use drugs, including in the primary care setting. Participants are expected to (1) Attend each monthly Zoom session on camera for a one-year period and (2) Sign up to present a case on a regular basis as part of their participation in the learning community. Participants are welcome to invite one non-clinical provider member of their multidisciplinary care team to join them in participating, but this is not a requirement.

October 28th, 2020 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Barefoot Medicine for Drug User Health
November 25th, 2020 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: PrEP for Drug User Health
December 23th, 2020 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Crystal Meth and Health
January 27th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Low Barrier Buprenorphine Treatment
February 24th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Medication Management of Depression and Anxiety with Patients with Substance Use Disorder
March 24th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Hepatitis C and Injection Drug Use
April 28th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Addressing Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Individuals who Inject Drugs
May 26th, 2021 CANCELLED - CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Advanced Motivational Interviewing Skills for Drug User Health
June 23th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Overview of Harm Reduction
July 28th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Safer Drug Use Practices
August 25th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Homelessness and Health
September 22th, 2021 CEI Drug User Health ECHO: Treating Medical Complications of Injection Drug Use