Frequent Asked Questions

Who can participate in the NNE-CCP grant?

Currently, PA’s, DO’s, and MD’s practicing at a community-based, FQHC primary care site are eligible to participate in the NNE-CCP Grant. Due to HRSA requirements, PharmD’s, RNs, and NPs are not eligible at this time. Arrangements for provider teams that include a PA, MD, or DO with another healthcare provider, are a possibility on a case-by-case basis. Please visit our Prospective Champions page for more information.

How is the stipend distributed?

The clinical site will receive 4 quarterly stipends of $6,250 (totaling $25,000) per year. These funds are to be used by the site to offset the provider’s time spent on NNE-CCP grant activities.

What is the time commitment expected with the NNE-Champions Grant?

We ask providers to commit to approximately 8 hours per month. This includes attendance at a monthly virtual meeting, mentor meetings, and working on your healthcare transformation project.

What is the timeline of the NNE-Champions Grant?

While this may look different for every participant, a rough timeline may look like the following:

Task or Activity Description Time Commitment
OUD Baseline Assessment


Complete pre-program and post-program 30 -45 minutes to be completed prior to program start date.
Quarterly Reports


4 Reports per year Approximately 30 minutes
Quarterly Invoices 4 Invoices per year in conjunction with Financial/Operations/Admin Staff Completed by site administration staff
Quarterly Mentor meetings


One-on-one virtual or in-person meetings with your mentor to discuss experience, HTPs, etc. Varies, Champions and mentors will determine frequency and schedule of these meetings
Virtual Learning Collaboratives (VLC’s) Once per month 1 hour 30 minutes
In-person meetings Twice per year, travel to Portland’s UNE Campus for day-long meeting/training  

~8 hours (+ travel time)

Healthcare Transformation Project (HTP) Varies by individual – must complete project, abstract, and final presentation by end of the program – August 2023 Sept 2022 – Dec 2022: Planning & Development

Jan 2023 – May 2023: Implementation & Data

May 2023 – July 2023: Analysis and Conclusion

July 2023 – Aug 2023: Final project and presentation

UNE team on-site or virtual visit Once during the program the Champion and appropriate site staff will meet re: HTP progress, site background, program experience, etc.



Approximately 1 hour

What is a healthcare transformation project?

The goal of the healthcare transformation projects (HTP) is to develop an opioid or substance use-focused intervention that  meets the needs of the community and/or your primary care practice. 

  • Projects should add value and be helpful to your organization
  • With the support of your mentor and UNE programmatic staff, develop an evaluation plan to determine the impact of the project on improving health among communities served by your site.
  • Utilize existing resources whenever possible to assist with planning
  • Identify allies at your clinical site and community members to assist and support your HTP.
  • The Virtual Learning Collaboratives (VLCs), UNE staff, ongoing mentor meetings, fellow providers, and in-person meetings will be resources and ongoing support for your HTP.
What are some examples of past healthcare transformation projects?

Projects will vary among the diverse clinical sites in each cohort. Below are a few project examples from Cohort #1:

1.) “Increasing Access to MAT for Opioid Dependence through Standardization of Regional Primary Care Practice”

  • Objectives:
    • Develop shared patient intake and treatment protocols for MAT in the primary care setting in two Counties of Vermont
    • Increase patient access to MAT from sources outside of treatment hub referrals
    • Increase the number of regional primary care practices prescribing MAT for opioid use disorder

2.) Expanded Screening for Substance Use Disorder among Adolescent and Adult Patients in a Rural Federally Qualified Health Center”

  • Objectives:
    • Begin screening all adolescents at their annual well child visit using the CRAFFT screening tool for patients aged 12 – 17 years of age.
    • Begin screening of adult patients age 18 – 50 using the DAST-10 screening tool every 5 years, ideally at their annual physical.
    • Long term goal to screen >90% of patients 12-50 years of age in our patient panel (3261 of 3623 patients)

3.) “Opioid deprescribing in Light of the Opioid Crisis”

  • Objectives:
    • Decrease prescribing of opioids by primary care providers for chronic, non-cancer pain
    • Support providers with education and resources around tapering opioids and safer prescribing practices
    • Educate patients around indications for chronic opioids, risks, and alternative pain management methods
How do I apply to become a Champion?

More information  on becoming a Champion can be found under the Prospective Champions page.

We are not currently accepting new applicants for the NNE-CCP grant, but the application process for the 3rd cohort will open in March 2022. 

For application questions and additional information, please contact the NNE-CCP Grant Manager, Melanie Caldwell.