About ECHO


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Our Program
The Educational Community Health Outreach (ECHO) program is one of 13 Local Dental Pilot Projects (LDPP) funded through the California Department of Health Care Services. Our LDPP represents a partnership between the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services at Cal State LA and the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, with collaboration from the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and other community organizations and schools throughout the greater Los Angeles region.


Our Goals
Our project is designed to promote the oral health of children and youth ages 0-20 in Los Angeles. This includes:
  • Increasing access to dental care for children and youth by connecting families to dental providers and addressing barriers to oral health;
  • Educating families and community stakeholders about oral health; and
  • Advocating for oral health equity in Los Angeles County
Our Services
  • Oral health screenings
  • Personalized oral health education for children, youth, and families
  • Recommendations for dental homes
  • Connections to community resources for families
  • Training for professionals in health and human services
Native American women in regalia performing a sacred dance for the ECHO-A.I.A.N. event


In the field with the ECHO and U.S.C. team conducting oral screenings
Our Approach 
We believe in working with families and communities in partnership.  We approach oral health in an interdisciplinary, culturally-responsive, strengths-based manner that considers the whole child, whole family, and whole community perspective. We believe that health, social, and educational disparities are influenced by the contexts and conditions of daily life.
  • Interdisciplinary – We adopt an approach that includes multiple perspectives to promote oral health, including child development, communication disorders, nutrition, public health, and nursing.
  • Culturally Responsive – We seek to approach our work in a way that values and leverages the culture and cultural resources of the families we serve.
  • Strengths-Based – We recognize that all families have capacities and are "experts in their own lives."  
  • Whole child, Whole family, Whole community – We consider the broader context that helps to shape oral health and oral health behaviors.


Contact Information

Phone: (323)343-6893

Email: [email protected]

A collaborative program of:

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