ECHO Minnesota (Emergency, Community and Health Outreach)
Emergency, Community and Health Outreach (ECHO) (www.echominnesota.org), provides free health and safety information to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations in the languages they know best. During a statewide emergency, ECHO receives, translates and distributes important health and safety reports through a network of partners via television, phone and the internet.
When there are no emergencies, ECHO's mission is to educate LEP populations on health and safety preparedness now, so that in a real crisis they are ready to act. Monthly health, safety and emergency preparedness tools are available via television, web, DVDs, a toll-free phone line, and email subscription services. Monthly topic examles are Diabetes Prevention and Treatment, Early Childhood Screening, Calling 9-1-1 in an Emergency, Winter Safety, HIV and AIDS Awareness, Sever Weather Warnings, and Family emergency Preparedness Planning.
An average of 9,500 viewers tune in monthly to ECHO TV programs in multiple languages, while another 20,000 users log on to the website to watch streaming video and download translated scripts on dozens of public health, public safety and emergency preparedness topics. Founded in 2004, ECHO is housed at the Association of Minnesota Counties, St. Paul, Minnesota and may be reached at 651-789-4342 or send us an email message.
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This report (PDF 3.8MB) offers guidance for community organizations and those who fund social change in how best to harness the power of local media-making for community health improvement. Spanish-language version is now available. Una versión en español de este informe esta en la web.