Practice Application

Thank you for your interest in the American Academy of Pediatrics Behavioral and Mental Health Telehealth ECHO! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Behavioral and Mental Health Telehealth ECHO serves as a forum for pediatric primary care teams to develop and implement quality improvement processes for addressing behavioral and mental health via telehealth. This program connects primary care practice teams with multidisciplinary experts on how to provide behavioral and mental health care via telehealth.  Participants will meet monthly for six sessions for a brief lecture followed by a de-identified patient case presentation and discussion.

The application deadline is December 4, 2020

Sessions will meet from December 2020 - April 2021 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month between 6:30pm -7:30pm CT. The first session will be held December 15, 2020. Two sessions will be held in March. 

All onboarding materials will be provided electronically. 

ECHO sessions occur virtually using Zoom video conference technology.  

Eligibility criteria: 

Provide primary care to patients between the age of newborn and 10 years of age: 

  • 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 is approved and will determine 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 5 months
    • Participate in all 6 ECHO sessions, note 2 sessions will be held in March. 
    • Complete individual pre-post project evaluation surveys
    • 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.

This application can be completed by the physician champion or a designee. 

Contact Lisa Brock, Program Manager, ECHO Initiatives at

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