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Project ECHO at MCD Public Health

With a primary goal to democratize knowledge and enhance the capacity of our healthcare and public health workforces to serve our most vulnerable populations, the ECHO Model is well aligned with MCD's organizational mission, to improve the health and well-being of people in Maine, across the U.S. and around the globe.


MCDPH has been a formal ECHO Partner since 2018, and our staff have been trained at the ECHO Institute within the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine, with Dr. Sanjeev Arora and his team.


MCDPH Project ECHO Programs

The MCDPH Team is currently working with a number of State Health Departments to develop Project ECHO programs to address common, yet complex health issues for a variety of audiences, including the following:

  • COVID-19 for Community Health Workers (CHWs) ECHO
  • Chronic Disease for CHWs ECHO
  • Cardiovascular Health for Pharmacists ECHO

Regional Project ECHO Faculty Roles

MCDPH team members also serve as faculty on other regional Project ECHO efforts. For example, staff of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) are currently providing expertise as faculty on state and regional ECHOs focused on rapid implementation of telehealth during COVID-19, including:

  • Telehealth Implementation for Community Health Centers ECHO – hosted by Maine Primary Care Association
  • Expanded Telehealth Services for COVID-19 ECHO – hosted by Health Centric Advisors

Regional ECHO Leadership

Since 2017, MCDPH Co-Director/NETRC Director- Danielle Louder, has served on the Northern New England (NNE) Project ECHO Network Leadership Team. Led by Qualidigm/Maine Quality Counts, this regional initiative includes partners from Quality Improvement Organizations and Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center. Initially funded through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Health Network Development Program, this collaborative effort is focused on enhancing access and improving health outcomes throughout the Northern New England region. The NNE Network has conducted ECHO programming for hundreds of rural clinics and providers across the tri-state area, and has provided mentorship to multiple organizations to facilitate development of several new ECHO initiatives across the region. The NNE Network’s ECHO programs have included Perinatal Substance Use Disorder, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Older Adult Care, and Dementia.


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