Project ECHO: Navigating Transition for Youth with Medical Complexity to Adult Care 

ECHO Minnesota LogoWith a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation, the MMA is hosting a series of 15 noon-time online sessions intended to develop a sustainable and collaborative knowledge-sharing community to improve the transition from pediatric to adult care for youth with medical complexity. Thanks to clinical and technological advances, many children with medical complexity now live into adulthood. Yet they face numerous practical hurdles in moving from pediatric care to adult providers. The project aims to improve the competence and confidence of Minnesota adult primary care clinicians to manage youth with complex conditions, thereby increasing the capacity and number of such clinicians willing to accept new patients. 

The power of the ECHO hub-and-spoke model is in its capacity to leverage technology (Zoom-like sessions) to expand expertise and knowledge without regard to geography or practice type. As described by Project ECHO, “during an ECHO session, participants [the spokes] present real (anonymized) cases to the specialists [the Hub]—and each other—for discussion and recommendations. Participants learn from one another, as knowledge is tested and refined through a local lens.” 

Tori Bahr, MD, associate medical director of pediatrics at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, will serve as the project medical advisor.  

We want to help  you with your active case transition concerns. Submit your case study here to be potentially presented at a future ECHO session. Thank you. 

First session: 

  • Topic: TBD
    • July 18, 12:15 – 1:15 pm 
    • Registration here.  

Upcoming sessions (topics to be determined):

  • August 1 
  • August 15 
  • August 29 
  • September 12 
  • October 3 
  • November 7 
  • November 21 
  • December 5 
  • December 19 
  • January 16 
  • January 30 
  • February 13 

About Project ECHO  

Founded in 2003, Project ECHO is a global nonprofit that empowers practitioners and professionals in rural and underserved areas to reduce disparities and improve the well-being of people in the communities where they live. ECHO’s free, virtual mentoring model addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges in health care, education and more, with a mission to touch 1 billion lives by 2025.