UNH is a Project ECHO® Hub led by the NH Citizens Health Initiative, a program of the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice. UNH launched its first Project ECHO® learning community in 2019 focusing on medications for addiction treatment. The goal of the UNH Project ECHO® Hub is to share knowledge and increase expertise throughout New Hampshire communities.
The Project ECHO® model is an evidence-based method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico, connecting interdisciplinary specialists with community-based practitioners using web conferencingtechnology. During teleECHO™ sessions, experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network through case-based learning, enabling practice teams to manage complex conditions in their own communities.
To learn about current ECHO sessions at the UNH Project ECHO® Hub, visit this website.
The NH Citizens Health Initiative 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.
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.
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.
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.