Practice Application

Thank you for your interest in the American Academy of Pediatrics Maternal-Infant Health Opioid ECHO!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Maternal-Infant Health Opioid ECHO serves as a forum for staff from pediatric primary care practices to implement therapeutic interventions that can improve the health outcomes of families affected by prenatal opioid exposure. Pediatric practices who are interested in developing and sustaining recovery-friendly approaches in pediatric practice to improve both maternal and infant health should apply.

A kickoff call will be held June 28, 2021 at 1:00 - 2:00PM Eastern to go over program details and logistics.  

All sessions meet from 1:00-2:00PM Eastern on the 2nd Monday of the month starting July 2021 through December 2021.

ECHO sessions occur virtually using Zoom video conference technology.  

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Provide primary care to patients (newborns and infants)
  • 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 short post session survey after each ECHO session
    • 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
Contact Jessie Leffelman, Program Manager, at with any questions.

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