Learning Collaborative Opportunities to Improve Care for Children

Here are some current learning collaborative opportunities for primary care providers and others working to improve care for children and youth in Washington State.  Please let us know about additional opportunities for your colleagues.  Send an email to Kate Orville at orville@uw.edu.


Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)

Project ECHO is a revolutionary guided-practice model that reduces health disparities in under-served and remote areas of the state, nation, and world. Through innovative telementoring, the ECHO model uses a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing approach where expert teams lead virtual clinics, amplifying the capacity for providers to deliver best-in-practice care to the underserved in their own communities.

ECHO programs through the University of Washington LEND Program focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ECHO programs aim to support the IDD and autism community in Washington State using the ECHO telementoring model with a goal to build capacity to care for individuals with IDD/ASD and their families in their home communities.

ECHO Autism Washington   (Registration Now Open!)

Project ECHO Autism  increases clinicians’ skills in the diagnosis and management of autism using case-based learning, didactics and expert consultation so that they can care for autistic patients in their home practices.  CME Category 1 is available.  There are two cohorts and each participate in twice-monthly 90 minute interactive ZOOM teleconference sessions.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify patients at risk for ASD
  • Diagnose and manage care planning for patients with ASD
  • Refer patients for appropriate treatment
  • Meet unique needs of learners through purple and orange cohort options.
    • Orange cohort focuses on children under 6, Purple cohort includes all ages

Who Is Eligible?

  • Medical and psychiatric providers who have a Center of Excellence (COE) provider designation and serve children with Medicaid/Apple Health Insurance.

When: Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. – 1 pm, January – December 2022 (Orange cohort meets first and third weds; Purple cohort meets 2nd and 4th)

Apply now for the 2022 cohorts. For more information, please contact the project coordinator at echoautismwa@uw.edu

Seventy-two MDs, DOs, ARNPs, NDs and psychologists participate during ECHO Autism WA’s second year (January 2021- December 2021 (map).

ECHO IDD Wraparound  (Registration Open Now!)

ECHO is a recurring telehealth program designed to provide training and support to Washington State’s community health care providers who work with children and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and behavioral health needs.  Flyer for 2021-22 cohorts  starting November, 2021.  More information.

Dates:  Begins November 24, 2021

Who is eligible:

  • Community health providers
  • Care coordinators
  • Parent and youth peer partners
  • Family and self-advocates

ECHO IDD Resources and Resource Navigation  (Registration now open!)  FLYER

This track covers discussion of resources, services, supports, and information related to individuals with IDD/ASD diagnosis, ages 0 through the lifespan. Topics will include what to do while waiting for an evaluation, getting started following a diagnosis, understanding and navigating early intervention services, Developmental Disabilities Administration, state and federal resources, commonly recommended therapies, mental health services, resources for challenging behaviors, managing crisis, and other vital supports for parents, caregivers, families, and individuals with IDD/ASD.

Who is Eligible: Family advocates, care coordinators, case managers, resource navigators, Health Care Workers, parent and self-advocates, clinicians, and any other professionals who support the IDD/ASD population and seek to gain deeper understanding and knowledge of IDD/ASD resources, services, information, and supports. These are individuals who are going to use this information to support parents, caregivers, and individuals with IDD/ASD as they navigate the complex maze that often accompanies an IDD/ASD diagnosis.

When: Each tele ECHO TM clinic session is 90 minutes in length (8:30 – 10:00 AM); occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, begins in January 2022. Sessions will be offered through Zoom technology. More information.

A Deeper Dive: 0-5  Years

Free case-based learning collaborative to address infant and early childhood mental health problems in busy practices

Who is Eligible: Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in Washington State and Virginia (note: as of 11/5/21 still a couple of slots available for WA providers)

Time:  Monthly 3rd Thursdays, 9-10 (PST) on Zoom, Sept 2021- June 2022

Free and optional CME Category 1/MOC 2/ MOC 4: Up to 60 credits.

This is the fifth and final year of the learning collaborative. Flyer

Topics include, among others: Early childhood anxiety, Perinatal depression, Disruptive behaviors, Autism, Early Childhood Adversities, and Mood dysregulation.

Please note that this learning collaborative will focus on rural practice settings and registration is very limited for this training opportunity. To register, please email Nancy Ringera at charbert@uw.edu with your name, preferred email, and location.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Childhood Mental Health ECHO

Calling all pediatric primary care providers and practices! Apply now to participate in the Early Childhood Mental Health Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). Meet 2x/month, Tuesdays from 9:00 am-10:00 pm PT. The first session will be held on November 30, 2021. For more information, click here. This project is generously supported through funding from the Perigee Fund. To register click here. Contact: Lisa Brock in ECHO Initiatives ( lbrock@aap.org) Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Who: Primary care practice multi-disciplinary teams that may include:  Nurses, Social workers, Infant and early childhood mental health consultants, Medical/physician assistant, Nutritionist, Psychologist

june, 2023