Practice Application

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) E-cigarette and Vaping ECHO serves as a forum for pediatricians, other physicians, and non physician clinicians from pediatric primary care practices to address youth e-cigarette use. Using evidence-based clinical interventions, this ECHO will help pediatric clinicians prevent youth initiation and support youth who are already addicted to e-cigarettes. The program will have monthly sessions between February– July 2021. Pediatric practices who are interested in improving delivery of e-cigarette support services to adolescents in clinical practices are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is October 31, 2020.

All sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month (January- July), 3:00 - 4:00 pm CST/ 4:00 - 5:00 pm EST

Session Dates:

Kick-off Call: January 12, 2021
February 9,2021
March 9, 2021
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021
June 8, 2021
July 13, 2021

ECHO sessions occur virtually using Zoom video conference technology.  

  • Provide primary care to youth adolescents ages 13-21 years
  • Secure approval from practice leadership to participate in this project
  • Identify a core project team that will provide leadership and oversight within the practice for the project. The team may include, at a minimum, a primary care physician who will serve as physician lead; a nurse; and/or an additional team member such as front office staff, practice manager, or care coordinator (this role will be responsible for data submission for the project). Practices may choose to include additional members on the core project team, and all practice staff can participate in educational offerings.
  • If required by their institution, seek Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for participation. (Please note: The AAP IRB has reviewed and determined this project to be QI, issuing an exempt determination as it does with all QI projects. AAP IRB review is typically sufficient for most participating practices).
  • Agree to the participation requirements:
    • Participate in the project for its duration of 6 months
    • Participate in all 6 ECHO sessions
    • Complete a pre practice survey prior to the first session in February 2021
    • Complete a brief post session survey after each ECHO session
    • Complete a post program survey after the conclusion of the program
    • Submit a de-identified patient case for problem-solving and discussion
    • Each practice is required to complete retrospective, de-identified chart review for a total of 6 cycles through AAP Quality Improvement Data Aggregator (QIDA)
    • Hold at least 5 team meetings to review data and plan and implement PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) process improvement cycles
    • Participate in a focus group
The application deadline is October 31; however applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with first come, first served.  

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