ECHO-Chicago: Vision Impairment and Eye Health in Primary Health Care

September 28, 2022 to December 7, 2022
In collaboration with the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, Prevent Blindness, ECHO-Chicago has developed a 10-week virtual training program to equip community-based primary care providers with the knowledge and confidence to deliver more inclusive and collaborative healthcare for individuals with vision impairment and blindness. This virtual series will train primary care providers over ten weeks. The meetings will take place weekly for an hour and will be facilitated by a team of subject matter experts. Sessions will include short didactic presentations followed by participant-led case presentations. Modeled after medical rounds, this structure allows participants to apply the knowledge gained and openly discuss the real-world challenges of implementing recommended best practices. Through these discussions, the series facilitators and participants draw on their experiences to support each other and share strategies they have found to be successful in navigating barriers.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for community-based primary care providers interested in providing care to patients with vision impairment and blindness.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define vision impairment, its causes, its prevalence, and the economic burden it causes across patients’ lifespans;
  • Discuss common pediatric eye conditions, their impact on patients and families, and evidence-based screening protocols;
  • Identify the risk of eye disease for those with diabetes and the role of eye health and interprofessional teams in diabetes management;
  • Recall glaucoma risk factors and the role of health management in reducing vision loss from glaucoma;
  • Recognize common co-morbid mental health conditions with vision impairment;
  • Explain the impact of cataracts on the eye and the importance of education and early detection in cataract management;
  • Assess the role of gender, behavior, and hormones on inequities as well as the importance of education and early detection in reducing gender differences in vision and eye health;
  • Discuss who is at risk for Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), TED's impact on patient health, and how to support the eye health of patients with TED.
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: 
  • 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.00 Participation
Event starts: 
09/28/2022 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
12/07/2022 - 1:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Agenda subject to change.

Online Webinar
Chicago, IL
United States
To learn more about the ECHO-Chicago curricula, visit our website.

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.

  Julie Grutzmacher, MSW, MPH
  Director of National Collaboration and Engagement
  The Center for Vision and Population Health

  Debi Sarma, OD
  Fenway Health

  Kira Baldonado, MPH
  Vice President of Public Health and Policy
  National Association of School Nurses


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 to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professions 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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