Help Kids Breathe Easier with Expert Asthma Collaboration

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Get expert support for your asthma patients in a virtual learning network with asthma specialists from across the state. With Impact Asthma ECHO, you’ll learn about best practices for diagnosing and managing asthma. Impact Asthma ECHO meets Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in January, February, May, June, September and October.


Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Applying EPR3 guidelines
  • Assessing and improving inhalation technique
  • Assessing and managing environmental triggers
  • Assessing “exercise-induced asthma”
  • Asthma risk panel reports
  • Engaging community partners
  • Environmental assessments
  • Managing asthma exacerbations
  • Measuring and interpreting airflow
  • Reimbursable preventive services
  • Using validated impairment

Meet the Expert Team

The interdisciplinary panel includes clinicians in pediatrics, allergy, environmental assessment, nursing and asthma education specialists.

Ben Francisco, PhD, PNP, AE-C Associate Professor, Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy, University of Missouri

Bernie Eskridge, MD, Pediatrician Asthma Champion (NEEF), University of Missouri

Tammy Rood, PNP, AE-C Lead Trainer, Missouri School Asthma Services

John Kraemer, PhD, Professor, Environmental Science, Southeast Missouri State University

Paul Foreman, PhD, Project Director, Asthma Ready Communities

Eric Armbrecht, PhD, Lead Evaluator, Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Program

Melissa Penkalski, DNP, PNP, AE-C, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Missouri State University

John Spivey, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Mercy Hospital in St. Louis

Dave Zellmer, Health Literacy Expert, University of Missouri

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.