UNH is a Project ECHO® Hub led by the NH Citizens Health Initiative, a program of the UNH Institute for Health Policy and Practice. The UNH ECHO Hub launched in 2018 with the goal of sharing knowledge and increasing expertise throughout New Hampshire communities. Since then, the UNH Project ECHO Hub has launched a variety of ECHO programs on a range of topics and has expanded our reach to northern New England and nationally.
The Telehealth Practice Center (TPC) received a new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) telehealth grant in 2020 focused on expanding telepractice use in corrections and substance use recovery services in rural NH. The TPC is coordinating a consortium called SIRCH (Supporting Individuals in Rural Corrections through eHealth) to facilitate implementation of this grant. The SIRCH consortium includes three correctional facilities and three community-based treatment recovery centers, as well UNH faculty, staff and students. Creating a stronger system of connectivity among correctional facilities and and recovery supports will build a more robust healthcare infrastructure for special populations in these rural areas.
Additionally, the (UNH TPC) will receive telehealth equipment that will provide enhanced student learning opportunities. UNH Departments engaged in telehealth learning will have the opportunity to expose students to telehealth practice with incarcerated (past or present) individuals in rural areas of New Hampshire. The programing will address substance use disorder challenges from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including, but not limited to: social work, nursing, occupational therapy, early childhood learning, and more.
The Telehealth Practice Center received the US Department of Agriculture Rural Distance and Learning Telemedicine grant in 2018. Funds are being used to increase New Hampshire’s access to medical care and capacity to serve rural and underserved populations through telehealth equipment. Additionally the grant provides funding for equipment to rural partners in order to make distance learning possible with UNH students. The communities partnering with the TPC include the Family Resource Center in Gorham, NH, Mid-State Health Center in Bristol and Plymouth, NH, and the North Country Health Consortium.
Read the UNH Today article: Making the Telehealth Connection
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center (SLHC) offers evaluations and interventions to individuals within the community. Under the supervision of faculty, graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program can gain clinical experience in a variety of settings, including telepractice.
The New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) seeks to improve the health and well-being of those living with genetic conditions in New England and nationally. Core efforts focus on health provider education and training, family outreach and support, improving access to genetic services, and strengthening the networks caring for individuals impacted by a genetic condition.