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Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4072

Fax: 208-364-3178


In the Media

Lewistonian Earns Idaho Rural Health Hero Award

Lewiston Press, December 7, 2022 – Pediatric Autism panelist Julie Wittman works to bridge the gap in health care access through work with ECHO Idaho. Read the article.

Studebaker to Lead Project ECHO Idaho

Idaho Business Review, November 28, 2022 - Idaho education leader Eric Studebaker, Ph.D., has joined University of Idaho as director for Project ECHO Idaho. Read the article.

Idaho Virtual Health Care Education Resource Celebrates 500 Sessions

Daily Fly, October 19, 2022 - Project ECHO Idaho, a virtual continuing education resource for Idaho’s healthcare workforce, will reach its 500th session today, educating 3,542 healthcare workers since 2018. Read the article.

Project ECHO Idaho Prepares for 2023 Health Care Sessions with New Approaches

Idaho Business Review, August 24, 2022 - Pediatric autism, substance use disorder counseling and COVID-19 are just a few topics at the forefront of Project ECHO’s continuing series for Idaho health care providers, and Katy Palmer, interim director of Project ECHO Idaho, said she is excited for the new approaches to each series. Read the article.

Summer Series Will Focus on Psychotic Disorders to Support Primary Care Providers

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Behavioral Health Newsletter, July 14, 2022 - ECHO Idaho presents Psychotic Disorders block as part of their ongoing Behavioral Health in Primary Care series. Read the article.

Project ECHO Idaho Is Changing Our Health Care Landscape, One Zoom Meeting at a Time

Idaho Capital Sun, July 14, 2022 - The program provides continuing medical education credits for health care professionals as they connect, collaborate and learn in rural areas of the state, writes guest columnist and ECHO Idaho Interim Director, Katy Palmer. Story posted in the Idaho Capital Sun.

Staff Physician Named 2022 Women of the Year Honoree

Clearwater Tribune, June 29, 2022 - ECHO Idaho nominated Ann Lima, MD, MPH - an ECHO enthusiast and one of our COVID-19 panelists – for the Idaho Business Review’s 2022 Women of the Year award. Read the article.

Podcast Airing this Summer Will Help Professionals Who Work with Pregnant and Postpartum Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Behavioral Health Newsletter, April 21, 2022 - The second season of Something for the Pain, a podcast produced by ECHO Idaho, will focus on perinatal substance use disorder (SUD). Read the article.

University of Idaho Program Aims to Help Autistic Children

KMVT Channel 11 News, Twin Falls, April 13, 2022 - Autism diagnoses usually mean seeing specialists, but with the ECHO program, U of I is training primary care doctors how to conduct screenings. View the story.

ECHO Idaho Awarded Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Status

University of Idaho News - ECHO Idaho's joint accreditation status makes it possible for interdisciplinary healthcare teams across Idaho to earn profession-specific continuing education credit for participation in the same dynamic, collaborative sessions. Story posted in the University of Idaho News.

$200k Grant Will Help Beef Up Mental Health Training in Idaho

KTVB Channel 7 Local News, Jan. 28, 2022 - ECHO Idaho director Lachelle Smith spoke with KTVB news to discuss a $200,000 grant awarded from Optum Idaho to help sustain and expand ECHO Idaho's mental health and substance use disorder programs. View the story.

New Training Series Brings Specialized Autism Care to Idaho's Frontier Areas

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Behavioral Health Newsletter, January 20, 2022 - ECHO Idaho's Pediatric Autism series offers Idaho healthcare teams the chance to connect with specialists to improve autism care available for pediatric patients and families. Read the article.

ECHO Idaho Announces Pediatric Autism Series

RN Idaho Newsletter, Nov., Dec. 2021, Jan. 2022 edition - Vol. 44 No. 3 - With support from partners like the Idaho Center for Nursing (ICN) through the North Idaho Outreach Network (NION) consortium, ECHO Idaho presents a new virtual tele-mentoring series focused on Pediatric Autism in the primary care setting, coming January 2022. Read the article.

The Power of Project ECHO in Idaho 

Northwest Pulse Newsletter, July 21, 2021 - Like Project ECHO programs everywhere, the ECHO Idaho model uses spoke-and-hub video conference dissemination to connect rural FQHC physicians, nurses, counselors, pharmacists and other professionals with specialists in face-to-face, real-time collaborative sessions. Read more.

Project ECHO: Improving Idaho’s Mental and Behavioral Health Services Through Community Education and Telementorship

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Behavioral Health Newsletter, July 16, 2021 - To help support Idaho’s healthcare professionals meet the needs of their patients, Project ECHO Idaho offers free, virtual telementorship in an environment that is “all-teach, all-learn.” Read more.

ECHO Idaho Director Lachelle Smith Featured on U of I’s The Vandal Theory Podcast

The Vandal Theory Podcast, Season 4, Episode 1, March 22, 2021 - The University of Idaho's research podcast, The Vandal Theory, explores subjects related to real-world problems and innovative solutions. Host Leigh Cooper and ECHO Idaho’s director Lachelle Smith discussed how Idaho’s Project ECHO program addresses rural healthcare challenges and continuing medical education in the Gem State. Read more.

New Infections, Outbreaks Slow in Idaho Long-Term Care Facilities

Idaho Press and Post Register, March 4, 2021 - As coronavirus infections fall in long-term care facilities across the country, facilities in Idaho are also seeing a reprieve. Story posted in the Idaho Press and the Post Register.

Spurred By A Preventable Death, One Project Has Become A Major Tool To Combat COVID-19

Mountain West News Bureau, August 3, 2020 - It all started at Dr. Sanjeev Arora's clinic in New Mexico. "One Friday afternoon, 18 years ago, I walked into my clinic in Albuquerque to see a 42-year-old woman who had driven five hours with her two children," Arora said before a recent Senate committee hearing. Listen here

Connecting Rural Idaho Doctors' (Virtually) to Increase Specialty Care

Boise State Public Radio, June 1, 2020 - In 2018, Idaho started a platform for health care workers to support and educate one another. Project ECHO works to share knowledge through weekly video conferences to increase the specialist knowledge among doctors in our state. Listen here

ECHO Heard Throughout Idaho Key to Sate’s Coronavirus Response Idaho

Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 10, 2020 - As the threat from coronavirus continues to mount, a virtual lecture series at the University of Idaho has become central to disseminating new information to physicians and their communities throughout the state. Read more

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4072

Fax: 208-364-3178