What is ECHO

What is ECHO

The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program is a research program supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to enhance the health of children for generations to come. The goal of the ECHO Program is to understand the effects of a broad range of early environmental influences on child health and development. ECHO is dedicated to both learning what factors affect child health and to finding ways to enhance it.

What sets ECHO apart?

The ECHO Program brings together many children and teens from different backgrounds across the United States. People who are taking part in ECHO research are called “participants.” ECHO participants ...

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ECHO at a Glance

44 u.s. states included; 180+ health care institutions participating; greater than 1200 researchers who work in teams

Part of what makes ECHO unique is its structure. Two types of research within the ECHO Program allow researchers the chance to learn through observation and through testing changes that may enhance child health. ECHO consists of six central support Cores and Centers that help the program run smoothly.