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Pediatric Behavioral Health

Nearly one in five children living in the U.S. today has a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Psychiatrists and other doctors who work with children say the conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified stressors and further highlighted the inadequacies of those services to meet the mental health needs of children.

In Idaho, a state where most counties have less than one pediatrician for every 10,000 children, pediatric behavioral health professionals cannot meet demand and many families find themselves relying on a primary care or family medicine specialist as a trusted source of information and care for their children’s behavioral health needs.

To help support providers and build confidence, ECHO Idaho presents this series gives you a chance to learn best practices for treating common mental health conditions in children, including depression, anxiety, trauma, suicide, comorbidity, substance use disorders and more. You’ll have the chance to connect with colleagues across the state get feedback on challenging patient cases.

Led by a panel of pediatric health specialists - including a pediatrician, pediatric psychiatrist, school nurse, parent advocate, and pharmacist - these free, virtual sessions facilitate a dialogue among clinicians about how best to care for pediatric patients.

When

Virtual sessions meet second and fourth Thursdays

Noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time / 1-2 p.m. Mountain time

ECHO Idaho's full series schedule is available here.

Audience

The target audience is primary care providers (MD, PA, NP, etc.), but all clinicians and behavioral health specialists are welcome.

Cost

Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.

Register

Please register here for the ongoing sessions.

Once you register, you’ll receive convenient, day-of Zoom access direct to your inbox – join us as your schedule allows.

Not a fan of emails? Sign up for day-of reminder texts for this session.

Remember, you may claim CME/CE up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and receive a certificate by completing a survey for each live session attended. See “No-Cost CE and CME” below for more information.

Benefits

  • Professional Development: Participants gain new skills and competencies for managing patients.
  • Creating Community: Clinician teams can increase professional satisfaction and decrease isolation, thus creating a sense of community.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction: Patients can continue to work with their trusted clinician instead of traveling long distances to be seen by a specialist.
  • Improved Quality of Care: Healthcare professionals who participate in ECHO increase their knowledge and self-efficacy.
  • No-Cost CE/CME: ECHO Idaho offers free continuing medical education and continuing education units for attending live sessions. To claim continuing education credit and provide feedback, please complete this post-session evaluation survey.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Idaho, WWAMI Medical Education Program designates each live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Others including PAs, NPs, RNs, PharmDs, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists: Learn how ECHO Idaho can help support your continuing education needs here.


ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

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

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu