ECHO-Chicago: Childhood Obesity
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.
The target audience for this activity includes physicians and other allied health professionals interested in the treatment of childhood obesity.
At the conclusion of this activity, participatants will be able to:
- Identify risk factors to determine which children should be screened and treated for common comorbidities of obesity, including hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose metabolism;
- Describe common psychosocial problems associated with childhood obesity and methods of treatment;
- Determine approaches to counseling patients and families on lifestyle and behavioral changes to combat obesity that are feasible within the primary care medical home;
- Recognize secondary causes of obesity and identify pharmacological treatments;
- Recognize individual and family, social, economic, and environmental barriers to change.
Associate Chair for Clinical Services
Section Chief of Academic Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Comer Children's Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor,
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
NorthShore University HealthSystem
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.