Asthma ECHO


SIU Asthma ECHO aims to improve asthma management for patients by providing healthcare providers, administrators, and executives insights on reducing hospital admissions and readmissions for Asthma and creating a network of providers in the region working together to improve care for patients with Asthma.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best-practice care for underserved people all over the world through three tenets:

  1. Multipoint video conferencing
  2. Best practices protocol
  3. Case-based learning

Goals of Asthma ECHO

  • To master clinically essential topics that will enhance the practitioner’s ability to identify and establish a care plan for Asthma patients accurately and more effectively control asthma; and
  • To better build professional healthcare teams that implement asthma strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality, address social determinants of health and improve linkage and coordination of care and environmental policies.

Asthma Specialty Team

  • Brent VanHam, MS, RN, CRC, CADC - Center for Rural Health and Social Services Department
  • Peter White, MD - Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, SIU Medicine and Director of Critical Care at Springfield Memorial Hospital
  • Janet Albers, MD - Professor and Chair Family and Community Medicine
  • Rachel Rahman, MD - Assistant Professor Family and Community Medicine
  • Lynn Rheinecker, PharmD - Assistant Professor Family and Community Medicine
  • Carolyn Pointer, JD - Assistant Professor Medical Humanities

Asthma Curriculum Outline 2022 - 2023

  • November 18, 2022 - Introduction to the CDC's EXHALE Strategies to Help People with Asthma Achieve Better Health Outcomes
  • December 16, 2022 - Asthma and Health Disparities: Social Determinants of Health and Asthma Management
  • January 20, 2023 - Asthma Control During Changing Seasons; Environmental Factors, and Viral Complications 
  • February 17, 2023 - Asthma Diagnoses, Misdiagnosis, and "Missed" Diagnosis - Pediatrics
  • March 17, 2023 Asthma Diagnoses, Misdiagnosis, and "Missed" Diagnosis -Adults
  • April 21, 2023 - Asthma Medications: Mainstay Therapy
  • May 19, 2023 - Asthma Medications: Novel Agents 
  • June 16, 2023 - Transitions of Care: Stabilizing Asthma and Reducing Readmissions

Continuing Education

As a participant, you will receive 8 (1 hour) sessions at no cost to you or your organization. Each session will include a short didactic on a specific issue related to asthma, a presentation of a case from a participant, and a discussion and recommendations on the case.

ACCREDITATION: Southern Illinois University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Credit: The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with their participation in the activity. SIU School of Medicine is preapproved as a continuing nursing education provider according to Section 1300.130, subsections), 1), B) and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act. Nurses may receive a maximum of 6.0 contact hours for completing this activity. SIU School of Medicine is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing education for social workers (license #159-000106) and clinical psychologists (license #268- 000008). This program offers a maximum of 8.0 CE hours.

Questions? Contact our ECHO team. Once registered, you’ll receive a welcome packet from the SIU ECHO team