ECHO-Chicago: Illinois Vaccinates Against COVID-19 (IVAC) Learning Collaborative – Adult & Pediatric Populations

September 12, 2023 to December 19, 2023
Are you ready to make a positive impact and be at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine implementation? Look no further than ECHO-Chicago's exciting and transformative web-based learning collaborative sessions! We invite you to join us in this crucial initiative to combat the pandemic and make a real difference in your community.
ECHO-Chicago is offering web-based, bi-weekly learning collaborative sessions that focus on the practical issues of COVID-19 vaccine implementation, providing a forum for providers to engage with their peers to eliminate real-world barriers to COVID-19 vaccine implementation. Each session will begin with a brief didactic lecture on different best practices for COVID-19 vaccine implementation. Participants will then have an opportunity to share cases and stories about the challenges that they have encountered. Through these discussions, the series facilitators and participants draw on their experiences to support each other and share strategies to navigate barriers successfully.

The goal of this activity is to put providers and provider organizations in Illinois in direct contact with a panel of infectious disease experts who can break down recent developments surrounding COVID-19 and provide strategies for clinical conversations around COVID-19 care & COVID-19 vaccine implementation.
Funding for the Illinois Vaccinates Against COVID-19 (I-VAC) project is provided by a grant award from the Office of Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for all providers within the state of Illinois.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall processes for identifying unvaccinated patients and how to embed reminders for vaccines;
  • Recognize drivers of the changing epidemiological profile of COVID-19, what is driving these changes, and the upsurge of infections despite vaccination;
  • Identify evidence-based information on integrating the COVID-19 vaccine into clinical workflows;
  • State appropriate evidence-based post-vaccine behaviors, e.g., the newest guidance which indicates what can and cannot be done after being vaccinated in terms of travel, mask use, and meeting others;
  • Discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety and how to communicate it to the populations served by free & charitable clinics;
  • Examine what is known about different variants in the United States and how they impact the efficacy of the vaccine;
  • Illustrate strategies to overcome vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate methods;
  • Explain how to manage patients post-COVID, e.g., treatments, cardiovascular screening, and signs of long-COVID.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
For more information, please contact:
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Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 8.00 Participation
Event starts: 
09/12/2023 - 5:30pm
Event ends: 
12/19/2023 - 6:30pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
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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.
  Jennifer Burns, CPNP, APN
  Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  Medical Director, Pediatric and Family Travel Clinic

  Stephen Schrantz, MD
  Sr. Director, Medical Strategy IDV
  Infectious Diseases & Vaccines Center of Excellence
  Therapeutic Science & Strategy Unit

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 (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 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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