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.
This series took place May 13 - Sept. 23, 2021
Virtual sessions met 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.
The target audience is primary care providers (MD, PA, NP, etc.), but all clinicians and behavioral health specialists are welcome.
Participation in ECHO Idaho is free for clinicians and organizations.
Please register here for the ongoing sessions.
Once you register, you’ll receive convenient, day-of Zoom access directly to your inbox – join us as your schedule allows.
- 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 Accredited Continuing Education: ECHO Idaho offers free accredited continuing education credits (CE). CE credit is available for participating in live sessions only, not for watching recorded sessions. To learn about a session's CE offerings, claim CE and provide feedback, please log in to Eeds. To learn more about the University of Idaho, WWAMI’s continuing education accreditation and offerings, visit our CE webpage.
ECHO Idaho is led by the University of Idaho and the WWAMI Medical Education Program.