Dr. Sanjeev Arora - Recipient of Heinz Award

Congratulations to Sanjeev Arora, Founder of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes,) a global model to increase access to high-quality health care by expanding workforce capacity and evidence-based medicine.

Four Indian Americans were named winners of this year’s Heinz Awards, established by the Heinz Family Foundation to honor the memory of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz. In addition to winning $250,000, each recipient will receive a medallion inscribed with the image of Sen. Heinz on one side and a rendering of a globe passing between two hands on the other.

In the “Public Policy” sector, Dr. Sanjeev Arora of Albuquerque, N.M., was the award winner. A liver disease specialist at the University of New Mexico, Arora created Project ECHO.

Arora’s Project ECHO uses “video conferencing technology and case-based learning” to expand the “capacities of primary care clinicians to manage serious, chronic, complex conditions they were not trained to manage in school, including Hepatitis C, HIV, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis and psychiatric disorders.” “Project ECHO’s footprint has expanded from its origins in New Mexico to more than a dozen states, including Illinois, Nevada, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, as well as to India and Uruguay,” the foundation added.

“With 29 hubs in the United States and four more globally, Project ECHO is also working directly with the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and also with the Department of Health and Human Services through a demonstration project supported by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.”