About the ECHO Program

Understanding the effects of environmental exposures on child health and development is a priority for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To advance knowledge in this area, NIH has launched a new seven-year initiative called the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. ECHO is designed to capitalize on existing participant populations, and support approaches that can evolve with the science and take advantage of the growing number of clinical research networks and technological advances.

ECHO will support multiple, synergistic, longitudinal studies using existing study populations, called cohorts, to investigate environmental exposures — including physical, chemical, biological, social, behavioral, natural and built environments — on child health and development. The studies will focus on five key pediatric outcomes that have a high public health impact:

  • Upper and lower airway
  • Obesity
  • Pre-, peri-, and postnatal outcomes
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Positive Health

  To learn more about the ECHO program, please visit the ECHO/NIH web page.


IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network

The IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network consists of 17 sites in 17 states ideally situated to improve access for medically underserved rural and urban children to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials. The network will work with the ECHO cohorts to apply findings in clinical trials to allow a pipeline for new findings to quickly reach the children who will benefit.

To read more about this program, please visit:  IDeA States pageClinical Sites for IDeA