Pediatric ECHOs

​Pediatric ECHOs


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) serves as leader in developing, training, supporting, and leading pediatric-specific ECHOs.   

Child Abuse and Neglect*

Led by Yale University School of Medicine in partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the AAP. The Child Abuse TeleECHO Clinic aims to build capacity among community frontline providers throughout Connecticut to detect, evaluate, and treat patients with concerns of potential child abuse and neglect and monitor outcomes to ensure quality of care.

Childhood Obesity*

Led by Children's Hospital & Medical Center Omaha, the Childhood Obesity ECHO assists in developing a statewide learning collaborative to implement a continuum of care for childhood obesity. The clinic sessions aim to build capacity among community providers to identify, evaluate, and treat overweight and obese patients and monitor outcomes to ensure quality of care.

Children and Youth with Epilepsy

The AAP utilizes the ECHO model to support its work as the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy to establish a multifaceted community-based system of care ensuring children and youth with epilepsy have access to the medical, social, and other supports and services they require to achieve optimal health outcomes and improved quality of life.

Pediatric Growth and Endocrinology

Led by the Georgia Chapter of the AAP, the Pediatric Growth & Endocrinology ECHO addresses the severe shortage of pediatric endocrinologists and the resulting lack of access to patient-centered, culturally appropriate care for children and youth with endocrinology diagnoses. This project is designed to expand the capacity of primary care physicians to provide evidence-based pediatric growth & endocrinology care. 

School Based Mental Health*

Led by University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, the School Based Mental Health ECHO assists in  developing a learning collaborative to improve early identification, assessment, diagnosis, and appropriate referral and treatment of pediatric mental health problems in Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Additionally, it aims to facilitate cross-system collaboration between pediatricians and school staff to improve management of mental health disorders in the school setting.

Transition

Transitioning youth, especially those with chronic conditions, to the adult care system can be a challenge for pediatricians, youth, and families. The AAP Transition ECHO serves as a forum for pediatric health care professionals to learn how to successfully transition youth and young adults, including those with epilepsy, to the adult care system to ensure the provision of medically and developmentally optimal care. 

Zika Virus

The AAP Zika ECHO aims to increase pediatric clinician knowledge, comfort, and competence in providing care to children and their families affected by the Zika virus. This program connects primary care providers with a team of interdisciplinary specialists 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. 

Additional Pediatric ECHOs

The AAP is one of ten Project ECHO "Superhubs" that train and support organizations ("hubs") interested in running their own ECHO while maintaining fidelity to the ECHO model.  Overall, Project ECHO operates over 130 hubs for more than 65 diseases and conditions in 23 countries.  Find additional pediatric ECHOs by visiting the ECHO Institute

*To further expand the ECHO model into pediatrics, the AAP Division of Innovation, with support from the AAP Tomorrow's Children Endowment, provided seed funding (through a competitive application process) to programs interested in implementing a strategy for rapid expansion of ECHO to help improve local access to and quality of pediatric specialty care by leveraging the various AAP Councils, Sections and Chapters.


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