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Partnering Urban Academic Medical Centers And Rural Primary Care Clinicians To Provide Complex Chronic Disease Care

  1. Sanjeev Arora ( [email protected] ) is director of Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine, in Albuquerque.
  2. Summers Kalishman is director of the Office of Program Evaluation, Education, and Research at the UNM School of Medicine.
  3. Denise Dion is an associate scientist, Project ECHO.
  4. Dara Som is a community-based research specialist for Project ECHO.
  5. Karla Thornton is associate director of Project ECHO.
  6. Arthur Bankhurst is chief of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatic Diseases, UNM School of Medicine.
  7. Jeanne Boyle is a nurse manager at Project ECHO.
  8. Michelle Harkins is an associate professor of medicine at the UNM School of Medicine.
  9. Kathleen Moseley is a nurse manager at Project ECHO.
  10. Glen Murata is chief of the Epidemiology Section and acting chief of the General Internal Medicine Section at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
  11. Miriam Komaramy is medical director, Project ECHO Integrated Addiction and Psychiatry Program.
  12. Joanna Katzman is an assistant professor and clinician educator at the UNM School of Medicine.
  13. Kathleen Colleran is medical director, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic, at the UNM School of Medicine.
  14. Paulina Deming is an assistant professor of pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy, UNM Health Sciences Center.
  15. Sean Yutzy is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UNM Health Sciences Center.
PUBLISHED:No Accesshttps://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0278

Many of the estimated thirty-two million Americans expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act are likely to have high levels of unmet need because of various chronic illnesses and to live in areas that are already underserved. In New Mexico an innovative new model of health care education and delivery known as Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) provides high-quality primary and specialty care to a comparable population. Using state-of-the-art telehealth technology and case-based learning, Project ECHO enables specialists at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to partner with primary care clinicians in underserved areas to deliver complex specialty care to patients with hepatitis C, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, pediatric obesity, chronic pain, substance use disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, and mental illness. As of March 2011, 298 Project ECHO teams across New Mexico have collaborated on more than 10,000 specialty care consultations for hepatitis C and other chronic diseases.

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