Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans

Message from Director Dave Jeppesen

Director JeppesenOur mission is that we are dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's programs and services are designed to help people live healthy and be productive, strengthening individuals, families and communities. From birth throughout life, we help people improve their lives.

We deal with complex social, economic and health issues. We receive requests every day for assistance with food or medical insurance. We help others with child care, child support and substance abuse problems. Throughout the state, we are at the forefront of protecting public health.

We help people help themselves. Our goal is to help people become self-reliant, working with them to identify issues and solutions to their problems so they won't need future assistance from us.

Idaho's health and human services are a partnership. We team with other agencies and human service providers to meet the needs in each community. Working together, we can build a better Idaho.

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