The core investigative team of the Northeast Node is comprised of a dynamic team of individuals who come from a wide array of backgrounds, bringing unique skillsets to advance the larger goals of the Clinical Trials Network. Under the leadership of Dr. Lisa Marsch, the Northeast Node team works to integrate our community partners in the research process, identify research interests, and study the assessment, prevention, and treatment of substance use and related disorders.
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Acadia Hospital is a freestanding psychiatric hospital serving a wide geographic area from central Maine to northern and eastern Maine. We provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment including: inpatient psychiatric care for adults, adolescents, and children; outpatient adult and child psychiatric treatment; mood and memory treatment with a clinic staffed by geriatric psychiatrists; an adult intensive outpatient program; pediatric day treatment program; psychiatric observation unit; electroconvulsive therapy; methadone clinic serving 500 patients; Suboxone clinic serving 140 patients; behavioral health home; adult therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy pain treatment program; telepsychiatry services with various emergency departments throughout the region; consultation-liaison services with Eastern Maine Medical Center; primary care psychiatric integration; and psychology services.
The mission of Acadia Hospital is to empower people to improve their lives. Acadia Hospital’s vision is to be the first hospital of choice when it comes to psychiatric and substance addiction treatment.
ALL Together is a multi-organization collaboration that supports the development of healthy, safe, and resilient communities that take action to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug misuse. ALL Together prioritizes implementation of evidence-based programs, policies, and practices including community engagement.
ALL Together is made up of local community coalitions and a regional leadership council. ALL Together is recognized as the Substance Misuse Prevention workgroup of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley and is also nationally recognized as a Drug Free Communities Coalition. Towns represented are: Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Grantham, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Piermont, Plainfield, Orange, and Orford, New Hampshire and Hartford and Norwich, Vermont. ALL Together is supported by the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Bi-State Primary Care Association
Established in 1986, Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that promotes access to effective and affordable primary care and preventive services for all, with special emphasis on underserved populations in Vermont and New Hampshire. Bi-State works with federal, state, and regional health policy organizations, foundations, and payers to develop strategies, policies, and programs that provide and support community-based primary health care services in medically underserved areas.
Cheshire Medical Center
Cheshire Medical Center (CMC), a 169-bed nonprofit community hospital located in Keene, New Hampshire, is united with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (DHK), a multi-specialty group practice, through a unique joint operating agreement to form a comprehensive health system. Together, CMC and DHK are working to transform the healthcare landscape and create a culture of health for all. CMC/DHK strives for care delivery innovation through its early adoption of the patient-centered medical home, participation in national quality and payment reform initiatives, and promoting our successful model of community-clinical integration. CMC/DHK serves as the backbone organization for the nationally recognized Healthy Monadnock 2020 Initiative that has the goal of helping our Monadnock Region become the healthiest community in the nation by 2020. CMC/DHK collaborates with many key partners in assessing health and social needs, sharing measures transparently, and engaging the community in action planning and strategy implementation. A 2014-2015 HRSA Rural Health Network Planning Grant helped CMC/DHK, the local Mental Health Center, a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center, and the prevention and recovery communities to begin to plan for coordinated action on substance misuse and behavioral health integration with primary care.
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
As New Hampshire’s only full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth‐Douglass Hospital, Dover and in Exeter. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, and Plymouth, NH as well as Bennington, VT.
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Concord Hospital is a 300-bed community-based hospital which serves as a primary and specialty care base for the Capital Region. In the fall of 2015, the addition of an Addiction Medicine specialist embedded in one of the Community Health Centers expanded our service lines to care for patients with substance use disorders. It is this faction that will be developing programs to adopt and systematize prevention strategies to include Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs across a continuum with psychological treatment strategies as well as implementing medication-assisted treatment and to explore partnering with peer recovery support services.
Dartmouth CO-OP Primary Care Research Network
Started in 1972, the Dartmouth CO-OP Primary Care Research Network (The Dartmouth CO-OP Project) is one of the oldest primary care research networks in the United States. The research network is a voluntary, cooperative network of independent clinicians. The CO-OP collaborates with academic researchers to improve the outcomes focus of care and develop products that work in busy community-practice settings.
The mission of the Dartmouth CO-OP Project is to:
- Generate funded research and publish results to support the practice of evidence-based medicine
- Provide opportunities for clinicians and other health professionals to develop new research skills
- Perform research studies in partnership with primary care clinicians, their patients and the communities they serve to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes
- Facilitate clinical translation in both directions, using the expertise of clinicians to guide the research and extending the expertise of researchers to support clinicians.
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC), the flagship hospital of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), is a comprehensive, 411-bed medical center located in Bangor, Maine and has served communities throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine for more than a century. The medical center and its staff of more than 500 physicians provide three-quarters of the hospital services offered in the Bangor area, as well as specialty and intensive services to the northern two-thirds of the state. The EMMC Clinical Research Center is the resource for all sponsored and non-sponsored research activities within the EMMC and EMHS communities. Our experienced professional staff provide support to investigators throughout the System who have innovative ideas for clinical research. The Clinical Research Center has experience in the area of addiction medicine through work with investigators in pediatrics/neonatal medicine and family practice. The EMMC Family Medicine Center & Residency Program has committed to addressing substance use disorders as a priority in the clinic and training. Family Medicine and Psychiatric physicians dually boarded by the American Society of Addiction Medicine have led multiple efforts to develop effective and strategic interventions, the keystone of which is a level 5 fully integrated mental health/ behavioral medicine approach within the clinic as well as key development in a trauma-informed system of care.
Foundation for Healthy Communities
The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire through partnerships that engage individuals and organizations. Working with partners across the health care continuum, the Foundation strives to promote access to affordable health care, lead change strategies that support and sustain healthier communities, and improve the quality of care delivered by promoting innovative, collaborative practices.
Groups is a mission-driven organization committed to providing low-cost, respectful treatment to everyone suffering from opiate addiction. We believe that anyone can recover from opiate addiction and strive to ensure everyone gets that chance. Groups' clinical model—based on weekly group therapy and treatment with Suboxone—provides excellent care at a price patients can afford. Groups is a community of physicians, counselors and recovering opiate users whom you can rely on for affordable and convenient help. Everything we do is based on the best medical science. We currently operate in New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio and Indiana and see approximately 1,200 patients a week.
Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance
The Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, based at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a one-of-a-kind innovative health education program that links an academic medical center with a neighboring state. This connection between Mass General and Maine, through Lunder-Dineen, has proven fertile ground for innovation in the delivery of high-quality health education to empower and equip health care teams by advancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote improvements in public health outcomes. Lunder-Dineen’s tagline is Health Education is Powerful Medicine. We aim to reduce identified barriers and provide methods to adapt and respond to the changing health care needs of Maine residents. Lunder-Dineen has three strategic educational initiatives to address public health issues. Each initiative follows an established a methodology to develop each of these initiatives that incorporates best practices for the science of learning.
Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center is dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of the communities it serves by:
- Caring for our community
- Educating tomorrow's caregivers
- Researching new ways to provide care
We proudly carry our unique responsibility as Maine's leader in patient care, education and research. We are dedicated to the traditions and ideals of not-for-profit healthcare. Our care is available to all who seek it.
Through the leadership of Maine Medical Center, we envision Maine becoming the healthiest state in the nation by putting patients and their families’ first, providing access to affordable care, and delivering superior service and outcomes.
Maine Quality Counts
Maine Quality Counts is a member-driven nonprofit that is a catalyst to achieve better health for Mainers. We introduce innovative models for health care and build clinical and community connections to promote health care transformation. Our strategic priorities include increasing health care system alignment, promoting a sustainable system of quality improvement assistance to practices, fostering meaningful consumer engagement and promoting the integration of behavioral and physical health. Both our Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaborative and Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative are working with clinicians to improve the care of patients and clients experiencing substance use disorder.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Franklin Community Health Network, Lincoln County Healthcare, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Memorial Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center, Southern Maine Health Care, Waldo County General Hospital, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Health, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and St. Mary's Health System.
New Hampshire Area Health Education Centers
The New Hampshire Area Health Education Center’s (NH AHEC) mission is: “To develop innovative approaches that meet the health needs of diverse populations by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the health care workforce and New Hampshire communities” with a programmatic focus to enhance access to high quality, culturally competent health care through academic-community partnerships to improve the distribution, diversity, and supply of the primary care health professions workforce who serve in rural and underserved health care delivery sites. The AHECs receive seed funding through a competitive grant from the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce to establish an infrastructure and activities that are of value to the communities served by the AHEC. Partners include academic institutions, community health networks, public health networks, civic groups, social service agencies, and other community-based organizations throughout the state.
NH AHEC is comprised of three offices: the Program office housed in Lebanon, NH at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; and two Center offices, the Northern NH AHEC housed in Littleton, NH at the North Country Health Consortium; and the Southern NH AHEC at Lamprey Health Center in Raymond NH. Together, these AHECs serve the totality of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a statewide community foundation, focused on strengthening communities and inspiring greater giving throughout New Hampshire. Due to a generous gift in the late 1990s, the Foundation funds over $2 million per year in substance use disorders policy and advocacy, as well as innovations in prevention, treatment, and recovery through its Substance Use Disorders Portfolio.
New Hampshire Health and Human Services Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
The mission of the New Hampshire Health and Human Services Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services is to join individuals, families and communities in reducing alcohol and other drug problems thereby increasing opportunities for citizens to achieve health and independence. We pursue this mission, in part, through working on statewide prevention,intervention, treatment, and recovery initiatives.
New Hampshire Hospital Association
Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The Association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education, and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality healthcare to the patients and communities they serve.
New Hampshire Pediatric Improvement Partnership
The NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership is a state-level multi-disciplinary collaborative of private and public partners dedicated to improving the quality of health care received by all NH children through the use of measurement-based quality improvement processes in primary care settings. The NHPIP is coordinated by the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, with Medical Director leadership from the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. The NH PIP includes representation from state government, pediatric and family physicians, insurance, family/consumers, academia, and non-profit agencies.
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is located in Vermont's historic Northeast Kingdom. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. We are the only Vermont hospital designated as a Baby FriendlyTM hospital by the United Nations. We provide primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24 hour, physician-staffed emergency services. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital provides high-quality, cost-effective medical care to our community. We offer a broad range of services that allows us to match patient needs with the best possible medical care. Our staff is a collaborative group of highly-trained medical professionals whose common goal is to provide excellent, comprehensive health care to the communities we serve.
Penobscot Community Health Care
Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) founded in 1997 to ensure access to comprehensive, integrated primary health care services for all to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the Maine communities served. Sixteen practices and program service sites in the Bangor area, and in Belfast and Jackman, offer a wide range of services including family medicine, dental, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health and substance abuse, specialty services, pharmacy and healthcare for the homeless.
PCHC is staffed by more than 700 employees who serve almost 65,000 patients annually. PCHC is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC) and has received regional and national recognition as a leader among the nation's Community Health Centers. Its practices have earned certifications from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) for Patient-Centered Medical Home. PCHC is the largest FQHC in Maine and one of the largest and most comprehensive of the 100 FQHCs in New England.
Rutland Regional Medical Center
Rutland Regional Medical Center is the second largest hospital in the state. We are a 123-bed hospital, employing over 1,500 professional and support staff including 227 providers trained in 36 specialty areas. RRMC provides preventive, diagnostic, acute, and rehabilitative services for more than 70,000 residents. RRMC serves Rutland County, portions of southern and central Vermont, and communities in eastern New York State.
RRMC’s mission is to improve the health of the Rutland Region and surrounding
communities by providing appropriate, superior, integrated, preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic health services in a caring environment through the strength of our people, technology and relationships.
Serenity Place is a non-profit community based behavioral health treatment agency offering inpatient and outpatient substance use disorder treatment services in downtown Manchester since 1977. Serenity Place’s approach to treatment is based on the belief that addiction is a chronic disease that should be treated in a safe and caring clinical environment. As a collaborative community partner, Serenity Place focuses on providing a full spectrum of care for each individual through direct service and/or referral, regardless of the client’s ability to pay. Serenity Place Services include: High Intensity Residential Treatment, Low Intensity Residential Treatment, Transitional Living, Ambulatory Withdrawal Management, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient Counseling, Impaired Driver Care Management Program, Wrap Around Services, and Harm Reduction Services. Serenity Place is also the treatment provider for Hillsborough County North Drug Court and for the City of Manchester Safe Station program.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, pre-eminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital, whose providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians, each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. SVMC has four primary care practices that are NCQA-certified Patient Centered Medical Homes. Within the Bennington community there are four Spoke practices which provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
Springfield Medical Care Systems
Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) is a rural Federally Qualified Health Center, a primary care based system with approximately 30,000 patients distributed over several towns in south central Vermont and New Hampshire. SMCS includes a critical access hospital and a 10-bed psychiatry unit, the Windham Center. SMCS is a member of the Vermont Blueprint network (within the state's Medicaid agency, the Department of Vermont Health Access). SMCS provides a spectrum of substance abuse services including buprenorphine maintenance. A key focus within SMCS is providing fully-integrated behavioral health services within our network of primary care clinics.
St. Johnsbury Pediatric
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital St. Johnsbury Pediatrics is a Rural Health Clinic and Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). We are a member of the Child Health Advances Measured in Practice (CHAMP) Network with our dedication to improving the quality of healthcare delivered in our region. We serve a rural community with four pediatricians and two nurse practitioners with 4,500 active patients and 12,000 annual patient visits.
The Vermont Blueprint for Health
The Vermont Blueprint for Health (the Blueprint) is a state-led, nationally-recognized initiative transforming health care delivery and payments. The foundation is the Blueprint’s Transformation Network, a network of Practice Facilitators, Community Health Team leaders, and Project Managers, who work with Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), Community Health Teams (CHTs), and local health and human services leaders. This network allows for rapid response to Vermont’s health priorities through statewide implementation of new initiatives. Blueprint programs are continuously informed by comprehensive evaluations of health care quality and outcomes at the practice-, community-, and state-levels. As the care delivery system and payment model evolve, the Blueprint’s aim is constant: connecting Vermonters with whole person health care that is evidence-based, patient and family-centered, and cost-effective.
Vermont Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
The Vermont Department of Health is the state’s public health agency. Within the Health Department, the division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs works to prevent problems caused by alcohol and other drug use. In partnership with public and private organizations, we plan, support and evaluate a comprehensive system that delivers education, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and research services. We serve all Vermonters through our central offices in Burlington and 12 district offices around the state.