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Board of Health and Welfare to meet March 26

The Idaho Board of Health and Welfare will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 8 a.m. MT Tuesday, March 26, via Webex and in Boise.

Pertussis (whooping cough) on the rise in southwest Idaho

The number of people reported with pertussis in southwest Idaho during the first two months of this year has recently spiked. Cases include a newborn hospitalized for the infection, as well as cases from spread in a school, several households, and community settings.

DHW launches internal review of syringe exchange program

Under the direction of Governor Brad Little, the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is launching an internal review of its contracts for services with Idaho’s syringe exchange programs after police execut

Loan repayment program seeks to retain Idaho’s rural nurses

Fifty Idaho nurses have been selected for loan repayment assistance under a new state program designed to help rural communities attract and retain nurses.

EMS 101 at Idaho Capitol set for Jan. 22

An upcoming Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 101 event will provide a venue where lawmakers, repo

Pacific Northwest kids encouraged to enter radon poster contest

Kids across the Northwest are encouraged to use their creativity to raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2024 Northwest Radon Poster Contest.

Statewide naloxone distribution program relaunched

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is announcing today that the statewide naloxone distribution program has been relaunche

Idaho Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Update

The new Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP), which consolidates behavioral health services for Idahoans under a single plan, is scheduled to go-live on July 1, 2024.

New HIV initiative encourages testing, promotes prevention and awareness

A new Idaho-based initiative seeks to empower Idahoans to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.

Called Let’s Stop HIV Together – Idaho, the initiative is in line with a similar initiative launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lead-contaminated cinnamon applesauce impacts Idaho children and families

State and local public health officials have identified two children in Idaho whose blood lead levels were elevated after eating