The University of New England and the Portland Community Health Center, in collaboration with the City of Portland, the Portland Housing Authority and Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, have launched the CHANNELS project to better prepare future health professionals who provide care for the community's underserved populations, including immigrants and refugees. 

The project is an interprofessional model for training, education, service delivery and research. The acronym "CHANNELS" incorporates elements needed for the success of the project: Community, Health, Access, Navigate, Network, Education, Leadership and Services.

CHANNELS partners integrate:

  • education for health profession students guided by interprofessional collaborative practice; 
  • training emerging Nurse Leaders and Community Health Outreach Workers; 
  • health services and public health activities;
  • affordable dental care;
  • vision services;
  • behavioral health;
  • environmental health; and
  • evaluation of each facet to align with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim.

CHANNELS is led by the University of New England’s Jennifer Morton, D.N.P., principal investigator and director of the Department of Nursing. 

Project partners include: colleges across the University of New England; City of Portland; Portland Community Health Center; Portland Housing Authority; Center for Disease Control-Cumberland County District; SmilePartners; Maine Access Immigrant Network; Hanley Center for Health Leadership; the Boys and Girls Club at Riverton, Portland Community Policing; CHEETA Youth Leadership; Portland Defending Childhood; Portland Adult Education and a range of independent consultants and Community Health Outreach Workers.  

CHANNELS is supported by a generous grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/HRSA). Grant number: UD7HP25065-02-01.