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The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) are leading year-long Project ECHOs on pediatric and adolescent mental and behavioral health. 

Registration for our current VMAP ECHO cohorts is now closed. Check back for updates!


Connect with colleagues monthly

  • 1 lunchtime per month
  • library of resources
  • build local connections


Interdisciplinary local faculty team

  • HUGE 75 credit CME package
  • MOC-4 QI screening project
  • practice + family resources


Case-based learning for primary care

Learn to Recognize, Respond, Refer for the top kids' behavioral + mental health diagnoses + discussion of timely topics chosen by the cohort

VMAP ECHO 101: Building Foundational Skills in Integrating BMH into Pediatric Primary Care

With an emphasis on screening and response in the primary care setting, VMAP ECHO 101  can help you integrate best practices in pediatric and adolescent behavioral and mental health care into your busy practice. Our “all teach, all learn” approach leads to strong community connections. Each topic equips PCPs to Recognize, Respond, Refer, and provide Resources to families.


Topics Covered 
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors
  • Mild + Moderate Depression
  • Severe Depression + Suicidality
  • Autism + Co-Occurring Mental Health Diagnoses
  • Integrating Mental Health Screening into Practice
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma + PTSD
  • Irritability + Emotional Dysregulation
  • Psychosis in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Family + Community Resources for Supporting Kids
VMAP ECHO Deeper Dive: Birth to Five

An 11-session case-based learning collaborative to address infant and early childhood mental health problems in primary care practices. With an emphasis on early recognition and response, an interdisciplinary faculty team will support primary care providers from across the Commonwealth in developing their knowledge of early childhood trauma and stress, anxiety, dysregulation and aggression, sleep and feeding problems. 


Topics Covered 
  • PCP Approach to Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)

  • Attachment + Related Anxiety

  • Autism: Early Identification and Response

  • Dysregulated Anger + Aggression in Early Childhood

  • Preschool ADHD

  • Neurodevelopmental Factors and Implications

  • Trauma + ACEs in IECMH

  • Feeding and Sleep Challenges

  • Tantrums, Disciplline, and Spanking

  • Parent + Family + Community Resources and Supports


Early Childhood SOCKS: Systems of Care for Kids

NEW FOR 2023! For PCPs supporting families with young children, VMAP ECHO SOCKS on Early Childhood Systems of Care for Kids takes an “all teach, all learn” approach to understanding when, how, and where to refer families for supporting your littlest patients. Community SMEs will be paired with an interdisciplinary faculty team to provide practical and actionable infant and toddler connections for supportive pediatric primary care. Cohort members may participate in an optional QI Project to help enhance screening and referral for social determinants of health supports.

Topics Covered 
  • Positive Parenting as a Determinant of Health
  • Food Insecurity, WIC and SNAP
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation
  • Developmental + Autism Screening and Surveillance
  • Early Intervention + ECSE
  • Early Care + Education
  • Prenatal Exposures
  • Perinatal Mood + Anxiety Disorders
  • Safe Ride
  • The Importance of Early Literacy
  • Optional SDOH Screening and Referral Performance Improvement Project


VMAP ECHO: Mental Health of Youth + Young Adults

NEW FOR 2023! Focused VMAP ECHO designed for child-serving providers who care for kids into young adulthood - including pediatricians, family physicians, NPs, PAs. This 11-session case-based learning collaborative explores the 4 Rs - recognize, respond, refer, resources - of many of the top mental health topics faced by youth and young adults. With a primary care lens, this collaborative learning opportunity is led by an interdisciplinary faculty team. 

Topics Covered 
  • Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • ADHD in Adolescents
  • Irritability + Bipolar Disorder
  • Suicidality
  • Teen + Family + Community Supports 


What is Project ECHO?
Accreditation Information

This program is approved as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Maintenance of Certification Performance Improvement Project, which qualifies participants to receive up to the following credits: 25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™; 25 ABMS (Maintenance of Certification) MOC Part II or Self-Assessment credits*; 25 MOC Part IV or Performance Improvement credits*. In order to be awarded credits for participation, all project   requirements must be met. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The UVA Office of Continuing Medical Education is an ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Sponsor. *for participating boards