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Early Childhood Training

Developmental and behavioral pediatric training with CEU credit for primary care providers

The Early Childhood (ECH) ECHO program is sponsored by the Child Health and Development Project (Mississippi Thrive!), funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Mississippi Thrive! is a project of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC), Children’s of Mississippi, and Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC). ECH ECHO aims to improve the early childhood health of children in MS (ages 0-6) by increasing the capacity and confidence of primary pediatric providers to identify and manage behavioral, emotional, and developmental (B/E/D) disorders in early childhood within the medical home.

The Project ECHO® model was developed by the University of New Mexico and has been utilized across the United States and globally to increase capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases whilst dedicating themselves to de-monopolizing knowledge in order to expand access to best-practice medical care.

ECH-ECHO topics include:

  • Public Service (e.g., Early Intervention/Child Find) navigation for primary care providers
  • Developmental Delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Temper Tantrums in young children
  • Speech/Language Disorders
  • Trauma in early childhood
  • Behavioral Management Strategies

How ECHO Works

The ECH-ECHO meeting is hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. It is held weekly on Thursdays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Providers will receive case submission links once they have registered as a participant.

To register for the next meeting or to ask any questions concerning the ECH ECHO program, please email

Free CME Credit Available

1 AMA PRA category 1 CME credit is granted through the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico. Furthermore, the ANCC offers 1 credit as well through the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico.

Meet the ECH ECHO Hub Team

  • Susan Buttross, MD-FAAP – Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
  • Spencer Brooks, FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Lauren Elliott, PNP – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Genevieve Garrett, LCSW, MPH – Licensed Clinical Social Worker/PCIT Certified Therapist/Behavioral Therapist
  • Ruth Patterson, MD – General Pediatrician
  • Dustin E. Sarver, PhD – Child Clinical Psychologist
  • Barbara Saunders, DO, FAAP – Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
  • Dorothy Scattone, PhD, BCBA-D – School Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Rachel Tyrone, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist/Feeding Specialist
  • Courtney S. Walker, PhD – Child Clinical Psychologist
  • Sean Singel, MPH – Program Coordinator, Project ECHO

Contact Us

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $14 million with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit today.