Help Kids Breathe Easier with Peers and Expert Asthma Collaboration

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Get expert support for your asthma patients in a virtual learning network with peers and multidisciplinary asthma specialists from across the state. With Asthma 1 – Essentials: Impact Asthma ECHO, you’ll learn about best practices for diagnosing and managing asthma. Sign up for four Tuesday sessions, noon to 1 p.m. Choose a cycle in January, February, May, June, September OR October. Click here to download flyer. Click below to register.


Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Implementing EPR3 and EPR4 guidelines
  • Measuring and interpreting airflow
  • Coaching for optimal inhalation technique
  • Assessing and reducing environmental triggers
  • Identifying “exercise-induced asthma”
  • Engaging community partners
  • Home environmental services
  • Managing asthma exacerbations
  • Assessing asthma impairment
  • Common comorbid conditions
  • Asthma practice routines to promote high quality care

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, Population Health Strategist, University of Missouri

Bernie Eskridge, MD, Pediatrician, EMR Specialist, University of Missouri

Tammy Rood, DNP, PNP, AE-C, Asthma Training & QI, University of Missouri

John Kraemer, PhD, Environmentalist, Southeast Missouri State University

Sherri Homan, FNP, PhD, Asthma Epidemiologist, University of Missouri

Claudia Preuschoff, MD, Pediatrician & American Academy of Pediatrics Asthma Champion

Michelle Dickens, FNP-C, AE-C, Coordinator, Cox Asthma Clinic, Springfield

Melissa Penkalski, DNP, PNP, AE-C, School-Clinic Linkage Specialist, Missouri State University

John Spivey, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Mercy Hospital

Shelley Cooper, EdD, MAT, BSBA , Diversity Telehealth, LLC, Kansas City

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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Combined Asthma ECHO

Asthma ECHOs
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Core Curriculum Presentations

Monitoring Asthma Risk and Impairment
By Ben Francisco PhD, PNP, AE-C, Population Health Strategist, MU Health Care

Applying Best Practices
By John Spivey, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Mercy Hospital