Cincinnati Children's Project ECHO allows us to use technology and case-based learning to improve knowledge, self-efficacy and have a positive impact on care. We are looking to connect primary care providers and specialists to consider management of conditions that are common, but that we know can become very complex at times as well. Cincinnati Children’s will use the Project ECHO methodology to offer telehealth-based learning for primary care providers.

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a virtual learning network model that was developed out of the University of New Mexico. This model enables information sharing regarding best practices and access to specialty care in all areas, even in rural or under-served areas.

Please click on the program(s) of interest for more details.

The ECHO model is based on four principles:

  • Use technology to leverage scarce resources
  • Share “best practices” to reduce disparities
  • Apply case-based learning to master complexity
  • Evaluate and monitor outcomes


  • Participation from the convenience of their home or offices
  • Access to Cincinnati Children's specialists
  • MOC and CME credit offered
  • Collaboration and networking with peer primary care practitioners

Types of Project ECHO Programs

There are two types of programs styles to choose from at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center:

  • “Cohort” has a defined beginning and end date.
    • Generally, you are asked to commit to attending a minimum of 75% of the sessions.
    • These typically range from 6-12 sessions and take place over a few months to one year.
    • There is a set curriculum and a pre and post-test administered
  • “Open” has no beginning or end date.
    • You are welcome to join at any time.
    • Generally, they met on specific day(s) of the month (i.e. Third Thursday)
    • Curriculum may be adjusted based on needs, and topics are often repeated periodically, but cases are new and unique to each session.