Asthma ECHO

NEW SERIES - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2023 through JUNE 20, 2024 - 12:00PM-1:00PM - 3rd Thursday of each month

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
  • 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
  • Alicia Markley, Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Asthma Curriculum Outline 2023 - 2024

  • November 16, 2023 - Introduction to the CDC's EXHALE Strategies to Help People with Asthma Achieve Better Health Outcomes
  • December 14, 2023 - Asthma and Health Disparities: Social Determinants of Health and Asthma Management
  • January 18, 2024 - Asthma Control During Changing Seasons; Environmental Factors, and Viral Complications 
  • February 15, 2024 - Asthma Diagnoses, Misdiagnosis, and "Missed" Diagnosis - Pediatrics and Adults
  • March 21, 2024 - Asthma Management Guidelines for Clinicians Treating Patients ages 12 years and under
  • April 18, 2024 - Asthma Medications: Mainstay Therapy and Novel Agents
  • May 16, 2024 - Asthma Management Strategies for the Healthcare Team; Linkages and Coordination of Care and Environmental Policies
  • June 20, 2024 - Reducing Hospitalizations and Healthcare Costs with EXHALE Recommendations 

Continuing Education

CONTINUTING EDUCATION: As a participant, you will you will have access to 8 (1 hour) sessions at no cost to you or your organization. Each session will include a short didactic on a specific topic related to asthma, a case presentation, and a discussion and recommendations on the case. The number of credits is dependent on the number of sessions attended. ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The SIU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical for physicians. 

CREDIT: The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 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, subsection c), 1), B) and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act. Nurses may receive a maximum of 1.0 contact hour for completing each session. SIU School of Medicine is a licensed provider for continuing education for nursing home administrators (license #139-000027), social workers (license #159-000106), clinical psychologists (license # 268-000008), professional counselors/clinical counselors (license number 197-000073), and dietitians/nutrition counselors (license #199.000121). This program offers a maximum of 1 CE hour (per session attended).


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