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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

Grant program seeks to retain doctors in rural Idaho

The Department of Health and Welfare has selected 16 rural healthcare providers who will receive grants to help pay down their student loan debts while they continue to serve the rural Idaho communities where they’re needed.

Board of Health and Welfare to meet November 14

The Idaho Board of Health and Welfare will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 8 a.m. MT Tuesday, Nov. 14, via Webex and in Boise. 

State Comm to host news conference featuring unique partnership that helps facilitate eye and tissue donations

Tissue donors save and change lives, but it only works if donors are matched with people in need. Since 2013, the team at the Idaho State EMS Communications Center has been helping make that connection.

Mpox returns to Idaho: health authorities stress importance of vaccination

Idaho Division of Public Health and Central District Health are announcing the first two reported people diagnosed with mpox in Idaho since last year. Investigation is ongoing, but both persons reported traveling outside the state, which may be related to these diagnoses.

Additional measles reported in Southwest Idaho; public health officials continue to recommend immunization

An additional four people have been confirmed to have measles in Nampa, Idaho.

Gov. Little declares September Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Each year in Idaho between 20 and 40 babies are diagnosed with potentially life-threatening conditions through the state’s newborn screening program. This early detection and treatment can prevent intellectual disabilities, life-long health problems, or death. 

Public Health Advisory: Harmful algal bloom identified in Henry’s Lake

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is issuing a health advisory for Henry’s Lake, urging caution when recreating in or near the water.

Gov. Little to sign executive order to support suicide prevention in Idaho

Idaho Gov. Brad Little this Wednesday, Sept. 27, will sign an executive order and proclamation to further support suicide prevention in Idaho.