Project ECHO®

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UNH is a Project ECHO® Hub led by the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice, NH Citizens Health Initiative. All ECHOs operate through UNH’s Partnership for Academic-Clinical Telepractice (PACT), which is a partnership between the NH Citizens Health Initiative, UNH College of Health and Human Services' academic departments, and community partners (dictated by the ECHO topic/session).

Since launching the first UNH Project ECHO® in 2018, Partnership for Academic-Clinical Telepractice Medications for Addiction Treatment (PACT-MAT), UNH has launched three other ECHOs. See below for more information on each of the UNH Project ECHO Hub team ECHOs.

            Telehealth for Special Populations During COVID-19 and Beyond ECHO®

            Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics (NHMCAP) ECHO®

            Medications for Addictions Treatment (MAT) ECHO®     

               

The NH Citizens Health Initiative recently published Planning for Project ECHO® in New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Project ECHO Planning for Implementation and Business Sustainability Project Summary Report. Click the link below to view the report.

            Planning for Project ECHO in New Hampshire Summary Report

Telehealth for Special Populations During COVID-19 & Beyond

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NH Citizens Health Initiative launched Telehealth for Special Populations During COVID-19 and Beyond on May 13th, 2020. This 4-session pilot ECHO® series focuses on implementing telephonic/telehealth care with older adults, pediatric populations, and persons with a substance use disorder with complicating social determinants of health. This is the first ECHO®  in NH to bring together participants from both primary care practices, community-based social services organizations, mental health and behavioral health practices, family and peer recovery and support, and more. This ECHO®  is a pilot program for this unique format. Best practices and lessons learned for this approach will be shared. This telepractice learning experience is supported by the Advanced Nursing Education and Workforce Initiative (ANEW), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics (NHMCAP) ECHO®

The NH Citizens Health Initiative’s Pediatric Improvement Partnership (NH PIP) launched the NH Mental Health Care Access in Pediatrics (NHMCAP) ECHO in March 2020. The ECHO increases provider knowledge and confidence in identifying, screening, treating, and effectively referring pediatric patients with mental health concerns. The project also aims to support increased engagement with family and community resources. NHMCAP has 3 ECHO cohorts over 4 years. In addition to monthly ECHO sessions, enrolled providers have access to faculty via bi-monthly teleconsult “office hours.” A statewide referral directory of mental health providers is in development.

Medications for Addictions Treatment (MAT) ECHO®

The NH Citizens Health Initiative and the Department of Nursing have partnered to develop a Project ECHO® learning community around Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT). This learning community is part of the Partnership for Academic-Clinical Telepractice. This ECHO® is the first in the world to incorporate family nurse practitioner students as well as integrate the ECHO® into Nursing curriculum at the UNH Department of Nursing. Funding is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant.

 

To learn more about the UNH Project ECHO® Hub, visit https://chhs.unh.edu/institute-health-policy-practice/project-echo 

Previous Project ECHO® Sessions

Continuity of Care for Substance Use and Exposure During the Perinatal Period

Providers (family medicine, obstetric, pediatric, social work, behavioral health, and addiction medicine) across NH, VT, and ME participated in this Project ECHO session around perinatal substance use and exposure

Read the UNH Today News Release

Previous ECHOs through the Northern New England Project ECHO Network include Medications for Addiction Treatment, Care for Older Adults, and Enhancing the Care and Health of Older Adults Living With Dementia