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City’s Nob Hill ECHO initiative is launched

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What started as a program to bring together experts of particular diseases is branching out to address other problems, such as crime in Nob Hill.

City of Albuquerque officials on Wednesday announced the launch of Nob Hill-University Public Safety ECHO.

ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, was created by officials at the University of New Mexico. The project virtually connect experts of certain topics to communities all over the world to try to reach solutions or treatment plans.

Two years ago, the city launched an ECHO project to address Downtown public safety, which marked the first time the model created by medical doctors was used to fight crime or matters like addiction and homelessness.

“Certain communities need tailored solutions for their challenges,” Mayor Tim Keller said at a news conference announcing the Nob Hill project.

The mayor said that the Downtown ECHO project has held 83 sessions in the last two years, during which 70 specific problems were addressed.

Officials said on the first and third Wednesday of each month, business owners and residents in the Nob Hill and university areas can meet, either in person or by video conference, with police, city officials and others to discuss specific problems in the neighborhood.

For example, if that week’s meeting is focused on a problem property, someone from Code Enforcement and Zoning would be there, in addition to police, neighbors and business owners. If the problem being discussed was a traffic issue, traffic engineers will be in attendance.

Other organizations that provide services to people are also expected to attend the sessions.

“Public safety is a global program,” said Dr. Sanjeev Arora the director and founder of Project ECHO. “It’s a jigsaw puzzle. The police have many large pieces of it, but the community also has pieces of it.”

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