Innovations in Study Coordination for ECHO

Innovations in Study Coordination for ECHO

2018 marked the DCRI’s second full calendar year serving as the Coordinating Center for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program, a children’s health research program supported by the NIH. The scientific goal of the ECHO Program is to understand the effects of a broad range of early environmental influences on child health and development, which will help achieve ECHO’s mission: to enhance the health of children for generations to come.

To achieve this goal, ECHO will use information from existing longitudinal research projects (cohorts), which will include more than 50,000 children from diverse backgrounds across the United States. As the Coordinating Center (CC) for ECHO, the DCRI helps the program achieve its mission through developing a framework for the program; providing oversight of program components; establishing policies and procedures; fostering a culture of collaboration; and coordinating and encouraging communication between ECHO Program team members, as well as external stakeholders.

In April, ECHO CC Principal Investigators Brian Smith and Danny Benjamin, along with Program Manager Susan Knox, authored an article for Current Opinion in Pediatrics titled “Coordination of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes program: so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The article focused on the structure of the Coordinating Center at the DCRI and its role in developing the infrastructure for ECHO, with specific attention to the innovative methods and tools the DCRI has used to help the ECHO Program become greater as a whole than as the sum of its parts. You may view the abstract of the article on Current Opinion in Pediatrics or PubMed. You may view the full text with a subscription or by purchasing it, or the full text will be available at no cost in April 2019. To learn more about ECHO, please visit www.echochildren.org.