Evaluation of the Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot Initiative in Kansas

Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot Initiative in Kansas Logic Model

In the second year of Vaping ECHO for Education, a pilot program which addresses vaping among Kansas youth, more than one-third (38.5 percent) of school teams implemented a new vaping policy and more than two-thirds of school teams (69.3 percent) reported starting development or completing development of community partnerships to address vaping.

The Vaping ECHO for Education initiative was developed in collaboration with the Vaping Task Force convened by the Kansas State Board of Education from June 2019 through December 2021. The Kansas Health Institute provides coordination, facilitation and evaluation services to schools across Kansas for the pilot, which uses the Project ECHO® model to disseminate evidence-based strategies for e-cigarette prevention and cessation among youth.

Project ECHO® is a collaborative model that aims to build workforce capacity in rural and underserved areas. The model has four foundational principles: using technology to leverage scarce resources, sharing best practices to reduce disparities, employing case-based learning and guided practice to support participants mastering complexity, and monitoring program outcomes.

The Cohort I evaluation report, Evaluation of the Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot Initiative in Kansas, presents findings from evaluating the first year of the three-year Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot Initiative in Kansas. The evaluation finds that the program has successfully equipped critical school staff with valuable e-cigarette cessation resources, tools and techniques.

The Cohort II evaluation report, Vaping ECHO for Education: Cohort II Evaluation of the Pilot Initiative in Kansas, continues the work of Cohort I report, with an increased focus on the School Action Plan, a unique feature of the Kansas pilot.  It assesses the following areas: program management and participant satisfaction, development and implementation of action plans and participant and school-level outcomes.

For additional background on the program structure and implementation, read this article in the journal FrontiersDevelopment and implementation of the ECHO model in a school setting to address youth electronic cigarette use in Kansas: A protocol.

For more information about KHI’s Ad Astra ECHO Hub, visit our website. For a graphical overview of the Vaping ECHO for Education Pilot Initiative in Kansas, check out these posters:

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