MaMHA ECHO: Perinatal Case Conference Series

Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA) ECHO Series to Support Perinatal Mental Health Care


The ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model uses a virtual educational lecture series and patient case discussion to improve provider preparedness to treat patients and improve patient outcomes. The MaMHA ECHO Perinatal Case Conference Series will use the ECHO model to improve provider's capacity to care for their patient's perinatal mental health, aimed to decrease suicide rates and accidental opioid overdose.

What is it?

The MaMHA ECHO series has two sessions remaining in the 4-session CME-accredited* program for Washington State providers who want to care for their perinatal patient's substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health. The series is presented by the WA Maternal Mental Health Access (MaMHA) project with support through the Washington State Department of Health. 

The series is facilitated by a multidisciplinary team including UW Medicine perinatal psychiatrists and family medicine physicians. MaMHA ECHO will provide didactic content on risk assessment and management of perinatal suicide and SUD in combination with in-depth case presentation presented by a community provider and group discussion.

The series will provide access to:

  • UW specialists in perinatal and addiction psychiatry and quality improvement methods
  • Evidence-based strategies to treat perinatal mental health conditions and substance use
  • Feedback and recommendations on clinical practice change to improve patient outcomes
  • CME credits (This course meets state licensure requirements for all medical professionals)*

CME credits (This course meets state licensure requirements for all medical professionals)*

The MaMHA ECHO series is part of the broader MaMHA effort to decrease perinatal suicide risk and accidental opioid overdose. The ECHO series will build on the content provided in the MaMHA September 2021 webinar series.  These webinars are available for viewing and CME credit.  


Upcoming MaMHA ECHO Webinar


Session description - Register to attend 

May 24

12-1pm Pacific

Challenges of Caring for Perinatal Patients with SUD

Speaker: Nadejda Bespalova MD, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least one barrier in providing care for perinatal patients with SUDs within their practice/care system
  • Identify strategies to improve care coordination for perinatal patients with SUDs
  • Propose a practice change that could improve SUD outcomes within their practice setting

*CME Accreditation

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (Each session is 1.0 credit)

Disclosure: The regular presenters and program planners of this case conference have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interest (s).