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AAP Project ECHO Zika


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is implementing a national Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Zika, through a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The AAP Project ECHO® Zika aims to increase pediatric clinician knowledge, comfort, and competence in providing care to children and their families affect by the Zika virus. The goal of the project is to provide health professional educational and training, through a telementoring platform, to increase the clinical expertise of pediatric clinicians to more appropriately provide family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally effective care in the context of a medical home for infants and families who are affected by the Zika virus. This project will build capacity in our country’s health care system, by creating a network of providers that can serve as family-centered medical homes for children and families affected by Zika virus infection. The AAP is partnering with Zika virus specialists, other subspecialists with expertise on care of affected children, families, state public health officials, and pediatric primary care clinicians to leverage the expertise of a multidisciplinary expert group to provide guidance on how to conduct a comprehensive evaluation, establish a diagnosis, and manage the care of children and their families affected by Zika virus infection. Technical assistance will be focused initially on Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and territories, and other high risk areas. A critical part of this work will be the AAP collaboration with the University of New Mexico ECHO Institute. The Institute will guide the training on the virtual platform technology, provide programmatic and technical guidance and support, and will conduct project evaluation efforts. Through this project, the AAP in collaboration with federal agencies, key partner organizations, and family representatives will work hand-in-hand to ensure the healthcare system is prepared for future public health emergencies, leveraging the Project ECHO® platform approach and technology to respond quickly and offer clinician education and outreach.

Advisory Committee Members/ Representation
Jennifer Bolden-Pitre, MA, JD/ Family Perspective/Family to Family Networks
Manda Hall, MD/ Title V/Maternal and Child Health
Philip Heine, MD/ Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Obstetrics/Gynecology
Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP/ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Susan L Hyman, MD FAAP/ Developmental and Behavioral Medicine
Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD, FAAP/ Infectious Diseases
Scott Needle, MD, FAAP/ Primary Care/Disaster Preparedness
Bruce Baird Struminger, MD, MA/ECHO Institute
Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH, FAAP/ Neurology
Ronald Yee, MD, MBA, FAAFP/ Federally Qualified Health Centers
Fernando Ysern, MD, FAAP/ Pediatrics in Puerto Rico

Faculty Members/ Representation
James Bale, MD, FAAP/ Neurology
Steve Caddle, MD, FAAP/ Primary Care
Margaret Fisher, MD, FAAP/ Infectious Disease/Disaster Preparedness
Deliana Garcia, MA/ Migrant Clinicians Network
Dixie Griffin, MD, FAAP/ Primary Care
Abigail Kroening, MD, FAAP/ Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics
Ana Medina, MD, FAAP/ Pediatrics in Puerto Rico
Marilyn Ruiz/ Family Perspective
Perry Sheffield, MD, FAAP/ Public and Environmental Health
Neil Silverman, MD/ Obstetrics and Gynecology
Marcia Tartarella, MD/Ophthalmology

The Advisory Committee and Faculty have developed a standardized curriculum with the flexibility to evolve as new information becomes available. The following content/modules will be available nationally over the course of the project.

Please email for copies of slide presentations.​​​

Participate in the Project
To register, email

Additional Resources:
American Academy of Pediatrics Zika Web Page

For additional information see or contact the American Academy of Pediatrics at 847-434-4326 or email​