ECHO-Chicago: COVID-19 Epidemiology & Vaccine Updates

April 13, 2023
As the COVID-19 pandemic affected our communities, specifically the uninsured and underinsured, the free and charitable clinics (FCC) are doing what they do best: adapting to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of their patients. However, free and charitable clinic healthcare professionals (primarily volunteers) need access to the latest, most up-to-date information to be able to answer their patients’ questions about COVID-19 and the vaccine. 
ECHO-Chicago at the University of Chicago, in partnership with Americares, is developing these customized sessions for FCC healthcare professionals across the country. These knowledge-sharing sessions offer short didactics, Q&A, and case-sharing led by infectious disease specialists in collaboration with the Americares IPC team. Content includes a discussion of current statistics surrounding COVID-19 and the degree of severity this virus affects adults; factors necessary for SARS-CoV2 transmission; discussion of COVID-19 symptoms for adult populations and treatment options available; guidelines for discontinuation of transmission-based precautions for patients with COVID-19; and vaccine education and messaging to healthcare personnel and patients.
This project was funded in whole by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant number 5 NU50CK000588-03-00. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals within free & charitable clinics nationwide.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine within the United States;
  • Identify how to use motivational interviewing as a strategy to build vaccine confidence;
  • List COVID-19 vaccine safety guidelines and how to communicate them to the patients;
  • Discuss what is known about the COVID-19 variants in the U.S. and how they impact the efficacy of the vaccine;
  • Describe how to advise special patient populations, such as the immunocompromised and the pregnant, about vaccines;
  • State the newest guidance about what can and cannot be done after being vaccinated (e.g., travel, mask use, in-person meeting);
  • Explain drivers of the changing epidemiological profile of COVID-19, like more infections among youths and what is driving these cases and the infection upsurge despite vaccination;
  • Summarize how to manage patients post-COVID (e.g., treatments, cardiovascular screening, signs of long-COVID).
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 1.00 Participation
Event starts: 
04/13/2023 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
04/13/2023 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
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Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
To learn more about the ECHO-Chicago curricula, visit us here.

ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact ECHO-Chicago via e-mail via at
The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.
  Stephen Schrantz, MD
  Sr. Director, Medical Strategy IDV
  Infectious Diseases & Vaccines Center of Excellence
  Therapeutic Science & Strategy Unit

  Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC
  Chief Operations Officer
  Good Samaritan Health Center

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.
Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Nursing Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Participants who successfully complete the entire activity and complete an evaluation form will earn 1 contact hour.

Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board. 
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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