ECHO-Chicago: Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (Nov. 11 AM Cohort)

November 11, 2020 to March 17, 2021
ECHO-Chicago in partnership with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC), the Agency for Health Research & Quality (AHRQ), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is launching this ECHO program to train and support nursing home staff on best practices for protecting patients, staff, and visitors from deadly coronavirus infection and spread.

The goal of this training is to help nursing homes implement evidence-based best practices to-

  1. Prevent COVID-19 from entering nursing homes via staff, visitors, and residents.
  2. Prevent greater spread among patients, staff, and visitors should the virus enter the nursing home.
  3. Provide best-practice care and treatment for residents who test positive for COVID-19.
  4. Protect staff from infection using best-practice safety measures
  5. Help staff build confidence in their work and feel safe from infection
  6. Support staff retention.
  7. Reduce social isolation for residents, families, and staff during these difficult times.

ECHO-Chicago will provide a 16-week interactive virtual community of practice utilizing the ECHO model. The model is based on the idea that to learn complex ideas, guided mentorship is needed in an “all teach, all learn” environment. The weekly network sessions are designed to create space to hear directly from nursing home staff about the challenges they are facing through discussion of real cases. All participants are encouraged to share best practices and learn from their peers while benefiting from the guidance of nursing home and quality improvement experts. Each network session will include a short didactic combined with case-based presentations and discussion.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for medical directors, directors of nursing, administrators, nurses and other frontline nursing home staff.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the modes of COVID-19 transmission in nursing homes and practical strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes;
  • List the necessary types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the situations in which they should be used;
  • Discuss effective infection prevention and management strategies to build a safe environment during COVID-19;
  • State the types of COVID-19 testing available for nursing homes;
  • Discuss how to keep staff safe during COVID-19 and how to manage mild cases of COVID-19;
  • Discuss strategies for advance care planning, safe care transitions, and safe visitation during COVID-19;
  • State the role of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in managing and supporting residents and families during COVID-19;
  • Examine strategies to manage social isolation and emotional well-being of residents and staff during COVID-19;
  • Discuss effective leadership and communication techniques to use during COVID-19.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 24.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 24.00 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 24.00 Participation
Event starts: 
11/11/2020 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
03/17/2021 - 10:30am
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
ECHO-Chicago: Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (Nov. 11 AM Cohort) Agenda
Agenda subject to change.
Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
This course is an online webinar.
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 Kanika Mittal 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.

  Executive Director
  Professor of Medicine
  Chief, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine 

Monica Long, BSN, RN  Monica Long, BSN, RN  
  Clinical Research Nurse Educator 


Kanika Mittal, MS  Kanika Mittal, MS
  Director of Operations
  Associate Professor of Medicine


Kate Thompson, MD  Katherine Thompson, MD
  Associate Professor of Medicine




Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest 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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Nursing Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)
This live activity is designated for a maximum of 24 continuing nursing education units.
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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