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Kory Koerner MD, a recent graduate of the Department of Medicine’s internal medicine residency and currently Assistant Professor in the Hospitalist section of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been actively involved in promoting health education in our community. He and others recently started a non-profit organization called ECHO, Empowering Change through Healthy Opportunities (not affiliated with Froedtert Hospital or the Medical College of Wisconsin). The group was created with the hope of providing individuals and families educational programs and recreational activities to promote greater health and fitness.

Throughout the year, this newly formed organization will offer various programs such as nutrition seminars, fitness clinics and tiny tot athletic programs. The first program will be called "Moving It!", a fitness class for children that intends to involve parents/guardians and transfer the learned activities to family life. ECHO also plans to give back to the community through CPR and First Aid Courses, the donation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to qualifying organizations as well as monetary and material scholarships to deserving individuals and organizations whose mission is to empower change in one’s life or the lives of others. The dedicated volunteers have generously been donating time and effort to make this organization possible.

An initial event, the 1st Annual ECHO Golf Open, was held on July 28th to help raise funds to further their efforts. This highly successful event had 52 participants who enjoyed a round of golf at Western Lakes Golf Club and raised over $7,500.

Currently, the following companies are providing initial start-up funding:
Miller Coors-Milwaukee
Beer Capitol Distributing--Wauwatosa/Sussex
Center Court Sports Complex-Waukesha
Badger Region Volleyball-Milwaukee
Midwest Penguins Volleyball Club-Wauwatosa
WIPFLi LLP CPAs and Consultants-Milwaukee

ECHO depends on the generosity of individuals and is actively seeking volunteers and donors – all are welcome! We sincerely hope you will be able to join them in their work. To learn more about the organization, please visit If you would like to participate in upcoming events or in any other way, please feel free to contact Kory at, e-mail or call either 262-970-9943 or 414-456-9450.

Article written by Kathy Rafel, Program Coordinator, Medicine
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Page Updated 08/19/2011