ECHO-Chicago: Childhood Obesity

February 10, 2016 to July 13, 2016

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.

The goal of the Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is to provide training for community-based primary care providers in the management of common, complex, chronic conditions such as resistant hypertension in order to improve provider knowledge and self-efficacy and patient health outcomes.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity includes phyisicians and other allied health professionals in the Pediatrics and Family Medicine specialty.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participatants will be able to:

  • Define common comorbidities of obesity and learn screening tools;
  • Identify treatment approaches for comorbidities associated with childhood obesity;
  • Apply practical approaches to counseling patients and families on lifestyle and behavioral changes to combat obesity.


Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Dana Sohmer
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
(773) 702-2213
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.00 Participation
Event starts: 
02/10/2016 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
07/13/2016 - 9:00am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
  Director ECHO Chicago
  Associate Chair for Clinical Services
  Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics
  Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Comer Children's Hospital
  Goutham Rao, MD, FAHA
  Clinical Associate Professor,
  University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  NorthShore University HealthSystem

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

Credit Designation Statement 
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses and 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. 

For more information about ECHO, visit the program website below.



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