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Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify capacity to provide best practice care. The Wayside Women Services (WWS) Project ECHO focuses on sharing practice and support service information which will enable participating organizations to empower women and families to break the cycle of addiction and trauma.

Wayside is the “hub” for several ECHO learning communities originating in Minnesota and open to all (via Zoom online meetings). 

+ Maternal & Infant Health ECHO (NEW!)

Wayside Recovery Center is hosting a new ECHO series focused on maternal and infant health disparities — with support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Please also see our public Education Series on the topic.

REGISTER NOW: The Role of OBGYNS in Advancing Perinatal Justice & Accountability

September 14, 2021 | 12 – 1:30 pm


The disparity data in Black maternal mortality and morbidity are dismal. There are many opportunities for interventions to prevent maternal deaths and improve outcomes and experiences that are hampered by obstetric racism. For hospital and health systems to prevent deaths, there is a need for greater community-based partnerships. This session will highlight first-of-its-kind work led by Black women community leaders and scholars to illuminate the voices, feelings and experiences of seeking care and support while Black and pregnant during the pandemic. A survey developed by Dr. Karen A. Scott focused on more than 800 Black mothers across 348 hospitals in 34 states and Washington, D.C. with a goal of transforming the culture of obstetric care by establishing community-driven benchmarks for advancing equity.

CME Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Wayside Recovery Center. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this “other” activity (internet live and enduring) for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Speaker Disclosure to Learners (.pdf)


The Wayside Women Services ECHO focuses on sharing best practices between providers to empower women in recovering their sobriety, identity, home, family and community.

The series focuses on LADC, LPC, LPCC, RN, LPN, LICSW, LSW, LMFT and MAT providers, along with those who provide support to women with substance use disorder. 

Our Women Services ECHO series is approved to offer 1 CE credit by the MN Boards of Social Work, Behavioral Health and Marriage and Family Therapy. It also meets criteria for additional licensed health provider individual study options.

Sessions take place on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST. 

Past topics:

  • Advanced Practice: Increasing LGBQT+ Cultural Competencies
  • How and Why We Address Family Relationships as Part of Recovery
  • Trauma-Informed Supervision

+ Peer Support ECHO

in partnership with Great Lakes ATTC

The Peer Support ECHO is an online community for Peer Recovery Specialists and Mental Health Peers. Participants share community and statewide resources, learn new skills and tools for doing Peer work, and meet and connect with other Peers. 

Sessions take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm CST.

Past topics:

Sessions are based in the four IC&RC Peer Recovery Domains.


  • Advocacy: Public Policies and Processes to Support the Work
  • Peer Advocacy Within Organizations to Promote Person-centered Care


  • Experience of a Single, Black Father in Living and Working in Recovery
  • The Indian Health Board’s role in Outpatient Service Provision: Indigenous Women’s Recovery, Health, & Wellness

Recovery Support

  • Peer Recovery Support in Treatment Courts
  • Harm Reduction

Ethical Responsibility

  • Ethical Dilemmas and Decision-Making


in partnership with American Indian Family Center

The Indigenous Women Wellness ECHO is developed and delivered by practitioners and elders who are part of Indigenous communities. Participants will share ideas, successes and challenges. They will learn how to engage in culturally responsive healing while acknowledging the innate strengths and resiliency within Indigenous communities. 

Sessions take place on the last Tuesday of each month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm CST.

Past topics:

  • Sober Squad – Originating on the Mille Lacs Reservation and Expanding Across the U.S.
  • Shifting the Mental Health Paradigm to a Mind-Body Healing Practice
  • #Landback: Climate Change and Mental Health Within American Indian Communities  


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