The NNE-Champions Grant

UNE’s Center for Excellence in Public Health (CEPH) is excited to offer The Northern New England Clinical Champions Program (NNE-CCP); a HRSA grant-funded opportunity for PAs, DOs, and MDs wishing to develop new or support existing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) programming for their patients and communities at their clinical sites.

With a one year commitment, Clinical Champion Fellows will develop competencies in leadership, team-based integrated health care, quality improvement, population health, social determinants of health, health policy, and education.

With the ongoing support of UNE, fellow clinician participants, and two esteemed Mentors, Fellows will participate in regular virtual learning collaborative meetings, cultivate and enhance teaching capacity for future preceptorships, and ultimately complete a healthcare transformation project at their site.

Program Details

Clinical Site Requirements

  1. Clinical site must be a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  2. Must meet NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Standards
  3. Provide time away from patient care for Champions to participate in NNE-CCP required activities
  4. Build preceptorship capacity among its staff for future UNE osteopathic medical and/or physician assistant students

Clinical Provider Requirements

  1. Attend one in-person training, monthly virtual learning collaborative sessions, and ongoing mentor meetings
  2. Design and implement a healthcare transformation project with the support of UNE programmatic staff
  3. Maintain a longitudinal relationship with NNE-CCP upon completion of the program
  4. Be a PA, DO, or MD having been in practice for a minimum of two years, full or part-time


The clinical site will receive a $25,000 stipend per year disbursed in quarterly installments.