What is Project ECHO?

Each Project ECHO cohort is an expert-led, virtual training for small groups who meet once a month over the course of a year. Led in partnership with the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the goal of Project ECHO is to improve access to mental health care for children across Virginia.


About Project ECHO

As a guided training model that revolutionizes medical education to provide best-practice specialty care, the heart of the ECHO Model™ is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks. This format allows primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians to learn and share best practices for providing excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities.

This program is approved as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Maintenance of Certification Performance Improvement Project, which qualifies participants to receive up to the following credits:

  • 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™
  • 25 ABMS (Maintenance of Certification) MOC Part II or Self-Assessment credits*
  • 25 MOC Part IV or Performance Improvement credits*

In order to be awarded credits for participation, all project requirements must be met.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UVA Office of Continuing Medical Education is an ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Sponsor.

*For participating boards


Case-based learning
  • Learn to Recognize, Respond, Refer for common mental and behavioral health diagnoses
  • Discussion of timely topics chosen by cohort


Interdisciplinary faculty
  • Huge optional 75-credit CME package
  • Optional MOC-4 QI screening project
  • Ready-to-use practice and family resources


Connect with colleagues
  • One lunchtime per month
  • Build local connections
  • Virginia-specific content that aligns with companion VMAP Guidebook

2023 Project ECHO Cohorts

Cohorts meet monthly January through November 2023, from 12-1 PM:


3rd Thursdays OR 4th Tuesdays

VMAP ECHO 101: Building Foundational Skills in Integrating BMH into Pediatric Primary Care

With an emphasis on screening and response in the primary care setting, VMAP ECHO 101 can help you integrate best practices in pediatric and adolescent behavioral and mental health care into your busy practice. Our “all teach, all learn” approach leads to strong community connections. Each topic equips PCPs to Recognize, Respond, Refer, and provide Resources to families.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding challenging behaviors
  • Mild + moderate depression
  • Severe depression + suicidality
  • Autism + co-occurring mental health diagnoses
  • Integrating mental health screening into practice
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma + PTSD
  • Irritability + emotional dysregulation
  • Psychosis in pediatric primary care
  • Family + community resources for supporting kids

Birth to 5: Deeper Dive

4th Thursdays

VMAP ECHO Deeper Dive: Birth to Five

An 11-session case-based learning collaborative to address infant and early childhood mental health problems in primary care practices. With an emphasis on early recognition and response, an interdisciplinary faculty team will support primary care providers from across the Commonwealth in developing their knowledge of early childhood trauma and stress, anxiety, dysregulation and aggression, sleep and feeding problems.

Topics Covered:

  • PCP Approach to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)
  • Attachment + Related Anxiety
  • Autism: Early Identification and Response
  • Dysregulated Anger + Aggression in Early Childhood
  • Preschool ADHD
  • Neurodevelopmental Factors and Implications
  • Trauma + ACEs in IECMH
  • Feeding and Sleep Challenges
  • Tantrums, Discipline, and Spanking
  • Parent + Family + Community Resources and Supports

Youth & Young Adult

4th Fridays

Mental Health of Youth + Young Adults

NEW FOR 2023! Focused VMAP ECHO designed for child-serving providers who care for kids into young adulthood – including pediatricians, family physicians, NPs, PAs. This 11-session case-based learning collaborative explores the 4 Rs – recognize, respond, refer, resources – of many of the top mental health topics faced by youth and young adults. With a primary care lens, this collaborative learning opportunity is led by an interdisciplinary faculty team.

Topics Covered:

  • Preparing for the transition to adulthood
  • Substance use disorder
  • ADHD in adolescents
  • Suicidality
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Eating disorders
  • Irritability + Bipolar Disorder
  • Teen + family + community supports

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