Janet joined the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) in 2016 to direct the tristate CMS-funded Northern New England Practice Transformation Network for New Hampshire. She simultaneously supported NH Citizens Health Initiative project work on Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative and Rural Health Chronic Disease Management.
Janet Thomas BS, RN is dedicated to developing clinical knowledge, person-centered focus and interpersonal skills for providers, staff and students in rural and underserved areas to improve quality and access to care across our health care delivery systems. As a member of the UNH ECHO hub team, Jan plans curriculum, guides presenters and supports ECHO “all teach, all learn” projects on topics including older adults, COVID and Telehealth; Medications for Addiction Treatment, chronic disease and clinical precepting in rural practice. She utilizes over 30 years of ambulatory primary and specialty care experience to enhance integration of telehealth, mental health and patient voice. For 4-years Jan led the New Hampshire Practice Transformation Network team connecting with 1100+ primary, specialty and mental health providers and staff across rural New Hampshire. She trained practice facilitators, coached leaders, staff and providers, and collaborated with Maine, Vermont and CMS partners. Her current projects involve UVM Center on Rural Addiction, UNH advanced nurse practitioner workforce development and chronic pain self-management. Jan combines her process improvement experience, health care practice management, and staff/leader development background to enhance knowledge, confidence and efficiencies at small practices, varied care organizations or systems throughout NH.