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Project ECHO Honored with Idaho Rural Health Hero Award

October 30, 2018

Project ECHO, part of the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, has been nominated to receive an Idaho Rural Health Hero award from the Idaho Rural Health Association for its work on behalf of rural Idahoans through opioid addiction treatment and behavioral health education efforts.

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a program designed to help primary care providers in rural and underserved communities treat complex chronic diseases with specialist-level expertise through bi-weekly seminars and other resources.

Idaho's ECHO program began in early 2018 as an education program for medical professionals treating chronic pain or opioid use disorder. The program has since expanded with a program focused on training for behavioral health. More information on the program is at

The ECHO Idaho team and U of I WWAMI Medical Education Program Director Jeff Seegmiller are slated to receive the award during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Boise.

Congratulations to everyone on the Project ECHO team.

The WWAMI Medical Education Program is U of I's medical school and trains classes of 40 students each year at the university in Moscow during their first two years of medical school. The program is a partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

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