The Project ECHO: Northern New England Network
The Project ECHO: Northern New England Network, a new tri-state telehealth collaborative serving Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, is excited to announce the launch of a new tri-state educational program that focuses on providing healthcare providers with education and support to ensure the continuity of care for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their newborns throughout the perinatal period. The program will identify strategies, best practices, screening tools, resources, and emerging topics in this field. The enrolled participants include a cohort of practice teams, including Family Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric, Social Work, Behavioral Health, and Addiction Medicine providers from across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. This program is offered at no-cost to participants through the generous support of the HRSA Rural Health Network Development Program and the Maine AHEC Network at UNE.
The program uses the Project ECHO model™, developed at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Project ECHO has been called a “disruptive innovation” – one that dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert, inter-disciplinary teams of specialists with primary care providers and practice teams – a model that allows for the co-management of patient cases, along with the sharing of expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback, and didactic education.
“With simple video technology, Project ECHO connects professionals from all disciplines to share knowledge, and it also breaks down professional isolation that can be common in rural communities” Lisa Tuttle, Network Director, Maine Quality Counts.
Formal partners in the Project ECHO: Northern New England Network include: New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative (NHCHI), Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare (VPQHC), Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC), Maine Area Health Education Center, University of New England, New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, University of Vermont (UVM) Office of Primary Care & Area Health Education Center, and Maine Quality Counts (QC). A broader, informal network of rural organizations and providers will continue to be engaged across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D06RH31043 Rural Health Network Development Program for $900,000”
If anyone is interested in the program, please reach out directly to Jonathan Church at:
For additional information, you can also please contact:
Catherine Fulton, Executive Director
Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.
132 Main Street, Suite 1
Montpelier, VT 05602
Elizabeth Cote, Director
Area Healthcare Education Center
Larner College of Medicine, UVM
89 Beaumont Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405