UNM's Project Echo gets $6.4 million

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has received $6.4 million to expand diabetes care.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust announced the grant on Monday for UNM's Project ECHO, a program that links community-based clinicians with UNM specialists to treat patients with complex conditions.

The university says the grant will be used to pilot a program called Endo ECHO, which aims to provide greater access to complex diabetes care and specialized endocrinology treatment, especially among publicly insured and uninsured patients.

Under Project ECHO, which stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, UNM Health Sciences Center specialists use teleconferencing technology to consult with and educate primary care providers across New Mexico on how to treat complex diseases.

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