Primary Care Area Health Education Center (AHEC) TeleECHO Clinic

Cutting-edge education. Serving the underserved. The UNM College of Nursing Primary Care AHEC TeleECHO Clinic is committed to reaching beyond our campus, beyond our borders, to address the needs of all New Mexicans.

ECHO Defined

The Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model uses videoconferencing to connect community-based providers and specialists in collaborative sessions where they discuss patient cases. 

Rural states—like New Mexico—benefit greatly from Project ECHO’s unique two-way learning. Specialists offer unique knowledge, and community-based providers share the issues and challenges they are facing in rural New Mexico. 

The Four Principles of the ECHO Model

  • Use technology to leverage scarce resources
  • Sharing “best practices” to reduce disparities
  • Case-based learning to master complexity
  • Web-based database to monitor outcomes

Hub & Spoke Knowledge Sharing Creates a Learning Loop

Van Roper, PhD, RN, FNP-C

The Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic is part of our students’ clinical tool kit as they move forward in their academic and professional careers. Having this telehealth platform is critical for us to address health care issues throughout the state. It shows that we can make an impact on helping our graduates’ practice and continue working in rural and underserved areas.

Van Roper, PhD, RN, FNP-C, Project ECHO Clinical Director, Clinician Educator, Associate Professor

Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic

The College of Nursing runs the Primary Care TeleECHO Clinic—unique in a primary care setting. 

Bringing together a broad interprofessional team of students, faculty and clinicians from UNM Health Sciences and four health care education programs across New Mexico. Not to mention nurses, physicians, behavioral health providers, physical therapists, pharmacists and many other clinicians. All coming together to collaborate to support primary care patient needs. 

Our students make us unique. Unlike any other ECHO programs, students from our pediatric, family, midwifery and acute care advanced practice are required to attend and present in sessions throughout their training.

Participate in Our ECHO Clinic

Our clinics are as unique as our participants. If you would like to learn more or join an upcoming clinic, email us and provide the following information.

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Who are you? Are you a student? Health care professional?
  • Where are you affiliated? UNM Health Sciences? Another school? Another health care system?

Learn about how you can get involved.

Receive up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Primary Care AHEC TeleECHO Clinic is made possible through our partnership with The University of New Mexico Health Sciences, Project Echo & New Mexico Area Health Education Center (AHEC)