Project Description

Offered through the Univeristy of Chicago Department of Medicine, the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) is an innovative model to train community-based providers to deliver state-of-the-art care for common, chronic diseases in vulnerable, underserved communities.

ECHO is built on the premise that:

  1. technology can be used to leverage scarce resources;
  2. case-based, iterative learning is the most effective way to improve clinical practice; and
  3. knowledge transfer can improve the quality care in community health centers.

Using advanced communication technologies ECHO bridges the gap between disease specialists at academic medical centers and providers who deliver comprehensive, culturally relevant, care at neighborhood-based health centers.

The ECHO-Chicago curriculum on childhood obesity and comorbidities is designed in response to the growing number of children who are overweight or obese. An estimated 32% of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, with even greater prevalence among children living below the poverty level. Childhood obesity is linked to a number of serious risks and conditions and the problem has received widespread attention in recent years. Unfortunately, effective solutions are scarce. The goal of this curriculum is to provide primary care providers with increased skills and knowledge to screen and treat children for obesity and related comorbidities and improve the long term health outcomes for Illinois children. Dr. Goutham Rao has developed curriculum focused around proper treatment of childhood obesity and leads a series of corresponding webinars.

Learn more about the childhood obesity curriculum »