ECHO-Chicago: Childhood Obesity

August 18, 2017 to November 3, 2017
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 Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO-Chicago) is to provide training for community-based primary care providers in the management of common, complex, chronic conditions in order to improve provider knowledge and self-efficacy and patient health outcomes.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity includes physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in the treatment of childhood obesity.

Learning Objectives

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.
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:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Kanika Mittal
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.00 Participation
Event starts: 
08/18/2017 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
11/03/2017 - 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
  Jack H. Medalle Professor & Chair, Family Medicine
  Case Western Reserve University
  University Hospitals of Cleveland
Accreditation Statement
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. 
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