Announcing the Project ECHO Network in NC

We are excited to announce a new partnership between FHLI and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), with funding support from The Duke Endowment, to develop and manage Project ECHO Network in North Carolina (PEN-NC). Through this project, we will work to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians.

We will launch PEN-NC with a website and membership drive soon, but for now we want to share some information about what the Network will be and what we plan to accomplish.

An ECHO project is a virtual learning community, connecting subject matter experts with their peers to listen, share, and learn together. The model was developed out of the University of New Mexico with the goal of creating digital spaces to share life-saving knowledge, mentorship, and support across professions in the health, education, and civics spaces. 

There are ECHO projects are already active across North Carolina and around the country and globe. PEN-NC will build upon FHLI’s legacy of collaboration and NC AHEC’s leadership in workforce development. We believe that convening diverse groups of stakeholders is key to solving the biggest problems we face. PEN-NC will serve as the first statewide Project ECHO Network, connecting these existing projects and helping launch new ones. 

Stay tuned for our full PEN-NC launch! We’ll be in touch soon. 


Dr. Jill Forcina

Dr. Steve Cline

NC AHEC was established in 1972 to provide and support educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina.