About Indiana Peer Education Program ECHO

The INPEP ECHO promotes health education within correctional facilities through peer-to-peer trainings and the Project ECHO model. The INPEP ECHO team equips people who are incarcerated as peer health educators, who then use their lived experience to teach health education workshops about unique health conditions affecting people who are incarcerated.

Peer educators:

  • Develop their professional and leadership skills
  • Serve as a key resource for health information within correctional facilities
  • Partake in monthly TeleECHOs
  • Meet with a Peer Education Hub Team member at their site

To date, the INPEP ECHO has trained over 200 peer educators at multiple Indiana Department of Correction locations. Peer educators have reached thousands of people incarcerated through their 10-hour health education workshops.

The Indiana Peer Education Program is a collaboration between the IUI ECHO Center, Step-Up, Inc., the Viral Hepatitis Program at the Indiana Department of Health, and the Indiana Department of Correction.

Putnamville Correctional Facility, 2023.
Madison Correctional Facility Graduation: March 2022
Madison CF Logo Creation

Three main goals

  • Present Facts
  • Explore Values
  • Develop Skills

Facilities participating

  • Correctional Industrial Facility
  • Indiana Women's Prison
  • Madison Correctional Facility
  • New Castle Correctional Facility
  • Pendleton Correctional Facility
  • Plainfield Correctional Facility
  • Putnamville Correctional Facility
  • Rockville Correctional Facility
  • Westville Correctional Facility

10-Hour Workshop Training Topics

  • Germs & General Hygiene
  • Tuberculosis
  • Diabetes
  • Staph/MRSA
  • STIs
  • Influenza
  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Harm Reduction
  • Mental Health First AID & Trauma Informed Care