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

Stethescope, Health Care, Doctor, Medical
Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio


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. 

The program started here with opioid use, and has since expanded to include series on behavioral health and substance use during pregnancy. 


But starting in March, the program began offering coronavirus-specific lessons and support. Now, doctors across the state are more educated on this respiratory disease and how to address it, even if that wasn’t their specialty in medical school. 


Joining Idaho Matters today is Idaho’s Project ECHO Director Lachelle Smith and Dr. Ann Lima of Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino.

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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.