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Katy Rodgers – Powerlist – Health Care

Katy Rodgers – Powerlist – Health Care

Katy Rodgers – Powerlist – Health Care

Katy Rodgers, assistant director for Project ECHO Idaho at the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, is passionate about helping Idaho’s health care providers connect, while learning more about evidence-based treatments and practices for their patients. Since Project ECHO’s inception four years ago, the organization has hosted 15 different series that have engaged over 6,000 people, helping them earn nearly 20,000 hours of free continuing education credit.

Rodgers stays busy in her role at Project ECHO by writing and managing federal, state and foundation grants and gifts, supporting daily program operations and meeting with stakeholders. She is also helping the organization to be the first in Idaho to join the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Portfolio Program. In 2023, the organization will launch new series related to geriatric care, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, infection disease and school-based mental health, in addition to offering three quality improvement cohort opportunities where medical professionals can improve Hepatitis C screening and treatment rates, improve diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and co-occurring conditions, or learn how to use a tool designed to help diagnose pediatric autism.

“The ECHO Model in and of itself is an innovative industry practice. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) uses an ‘all teach, all learn’ model that empowers Idaho’s health care professionals to treat complex diseases with specialist-level expertise no matter where they practice,” Rodgers said. “I am excited to see how we can continue supporting Idaho’s health care workforce through new and continuing series topics.”

Outside of work, Rodgers is active as a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and regularly reviews grants for Boise Arts and History.

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