Pediatric Weight Management

Pediatric Weight Management ECHO will empower, educate and support primary care teams to more effectively and confidently treat children and adolescents with obesity. Physicians and other health care providers with expertise in pediatric weight management, psychology, diet, nutrition and engagement will offer interactive online learning sessions every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1 p.m. Primary care providers, behavioral health specialists, dietitians and other professionals are encouraged to join the collaborative case-based sessions. Click here for ECHO flyer. Click below to register.


Goals and Objectives

Pediatric Weight Management ECHO participants will improve their ability to:

  • Acknowledge and manage obesity as a chronic disease and use evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for the assessment and treatment of obesity and its comorbidities, including intensive lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy and surgical options.
  • Address factors, such as social determinants of health and weight bias, that contribute to health disparities in child obesity.
  • Collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary partners to provide patients with well-coordinated, family-based and multicomponent treatment.
  • Identify local resources and networks with providers across the state to enhance the prevention and treatment of obesity in Missouri’s children.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • Free continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning from pediatric weight management specialists
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion:

  • Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Obesity
  • Obesity as a Chronic Disease
  • How to Start and Continue the Conversation
  • Cultural/Structural Competency
  • Medical Assessment
  • Dietary Assessment
  • Dysregulated Eating Behavior Assessment
  • Psychosocial Assessment
  • Activity Assessment
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Weight Bias/Stigma
  • Intensive Lifestyle Intervention
  • Parenting, Family Support, Mealtime Behaviors
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Physical Activity Counseling
  • Self-Monitoring, Engagement in Treatment
  • Family-Based Behavioral Treatment
  • Treatment of Comorbidities
  • Advanced Therapies: Pharmacotherapy
  • Advanced Therapy: Bariatric Surgery
  • Treating the Complex Patient
  • Getting Paid for Treatment: Billing/Coding
  • Being an Effective Advocate for Your Patient

Meet the Expert Team

Sarah Hampl, MD, FAAP, DABOM, Pediatrician, Weight Management, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Amy Braddock, MD, MSPH, Family Medicine Physician, University of Missouri

Karen Stephens, MS, RD, CSP, LD, Registered Dietitian, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Julie Benard, MD, FAAP, DABOM, Pediatrician, Weight Management, University of Missouri

Cristina Fernandez, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Weight Management, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Meredith Dreyer Gillette, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Denise Wilfley, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Washington University

Angela Lima, MBA, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian, Engagement Specialist, Washington University

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.