Thank you for your interest in the American Academy of Pediatrics Spina  Bifida Transitions ECHO! This project is funded through a cooperative agreement between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. 

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative hub and spoke program, designed to create knowledge networks by connecting health care providers with an expert team through a tele-mentoring program using brief lectures and case‐based presentations. These networks have been shown to increase capacity for health care providers to identify, treat, and manage patient care. Using basic, widely available teleconferencing technology, clinical management tools, and case‐based learning, health care providers develop knowledge and self‐efficacy on techniques for management of care and quality improvement. A one-hour ECHO session consists of a short lecture (approx. 10-15 minutes) followed by a case presentation (5 minutes) and discussion.  More information about ECHO may be found at

The AAP Spina Bifida Transitions ECHO program serves as an interactive forum for pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and others that provide medical care to children with spina bifida to increase their knowledge, skills and self-efficacy regarding effective strategies and best practices in promoting successful transitional care services and transitional care programs. The ECHO sessions will be conducted two times per month for 1 hour combining both a brief lecture presentation and de-identified, provider cases.

The first ECHO session is November 10th from 10am - 11am CT. ECHO sessions will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10am -11am CT from November 10, 2021- May 25, 2022. (Adjustments to the schedule will be made to accommodate the holidays)

All ECHO sessions occur virtually using Zoom video conference technology. Participants are expected to join using video as this makes for a more interactive and impactful session.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with first come, first served.

Contact AAP ECHO Initiatives Program Manager, Lisa Brock with any questions.

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