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.

Washington INCLUDE Collaborative – Interdisciplinary Network of Community Leaders with a focus on the Underserved and Disability Education

WA INCLUDE is the umbrella structure for the Intellectual/Developmental Disability including Autism  (I/DD) telehealth training activities out of the UW Institute on Human Development and Disability, Clinical Training Unit.  To learn more about INCLUDE or to enroll in our ECHO and other training programs, see the WA INCLUDE website.  It is a two step process to enroll in the ECHOs. First, briefly register for wainclude.org, then sign up for the ECHOs you are interested in.  Sign up Instructions.

ECHO Autism Washington  

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  (Orange cohort meets first and third weds; Purple cohort meets 2nd and 4th)

Sign up now! For more information, please contact the project coordinator at echoautismwa@uw.edu


ECHO IDD Wraparound  

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.

Who is eligible:

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

ECHO IDD Resources and Resource Navigation  

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. Sessions will be offered through Zoom technology.


may, 2024