Careful when you cuddle: Easter chicks and backyard poultry can carry Salmonella

031318PoultrySalmonellaEaster arrives early this year, on April 1, and some of you might be thinking about buying chicks or ducklings as gifts for the spring holiday. You might also be thinking about replenishing your backyard poultry flocks. Keeping backyard poultry can be a great experience, but before you make a purchase, you should know that poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella that can make you sick. Whether you are thinking about buying your first chick or are an experienced backyard poultry enthusiast, you should be aware of the risks of keeping poultry and learn how to help protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Continue reading


IDHW’s Idaho Sound Beginnings honored as “Organization of the Year” by American Academy of Pediatrics Idaho chapter


Idaho Sound Beginnings Coordinator Brian Shakespeare and staff were recognized as the AAP’s “Organization of the Year ” Feb. 23 at JUMP in Boise. 

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Sound Beginnings (ISB) Coordinator Brian Shakespeare and the ISB team were recognized Feb. 23 by the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the 2017 “Organization of the Year” during the Idaho Perinatal Project winter conference in Boise.


Idaho Sound Beginnings is the early hearing detection and intervention outreach effort that is part of the department’s Infant Toddler Program. Idaho Sound Beginnings works to identify infants with hearing loss as early as possible and enroll them in early intervention so they are ready to learn along-side their hearing peers when they enter school. Continue reading

Spring is plague awareness season in S. Idaho – protect yourself & your pets!

pLAGUEgRAPHICSpring recreation in Idaho is not too far off – and on some chilly days, it may feel farther off than we want! – but if you are getting ready to get out into the southern Idaho desert, remember spring is also the time to be aware of the potential for plague. Plague is dangerous to people and pets, but with proper awareness, precautions, and treatment when needed, plague should not discourage you from enjoying the Idaho outdoors. Continue reading

Liberty Healthcare is providing free mental health assessments for Idaho children with serious emotional disturbances


Liberty Healthcare is now providing mental health assessments for children and young adults up to the age of 18, as part of the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) program and the settlement agreement for the Jeff D. lawsuit.

The YES program was created and tasked with transforming mental health for children in Idaho as part of the settlement. As part of that transformation, families of children with serious emotional disturbances and functional impairments may now (as of Jan. 1) be eligible for Medicaid coverage if their income is up to 300 percent of the federal poverty limit. Liberty will provide the necessary initial assessments at no cost to the family seeking YES program eligibility.

If you know of a child who needs mental health services, including respite, please contact Liberty Healthcare at 1-877-305-3469. Learn more here and here.


50 or over? It’s time to schedule your colorectal cancer screening

9715_Comp-Cancer_Facebook-Graphics-January-1As we head into the last couple of days of February, there’s another reason besides rising temperatures to welcome March – it’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to figure out when you should be screened. Getting screened for colorectal, or colon, cancer is something Idahoans age 50 and older should consider because it is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the state. In fact, 1 in 20  Idaho adults will develop colon cancer and, sadly, around a third of those diagnosed will die. Continue reading

News from DHW: Linda Hatzenbuehler of Pocatello named to Board of Health and Welfare


Linda Hatzenbuehler

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Linda Hatzenbuehler of Pocatello, who retired in December 2016 as dean and associate vice president of Idaho State University’s Division of Health Sciences, to a four-year term on the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare.

Hatzenbuehler, chair of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, brings more than 40 years of experience to the Board from across the healthcare spectrum, including professional education and licensure, mental health and clinical psychology. Continue reading

Teaching healthy relationships helps prevent teenage sexual dating violence

datingviolenceAccording to the 2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, 21% of female students and 5% of male students in Idaho experienced sexual dating violence in the past 12 months. Sexual dating violence includes kissing, touching, or being physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to by somebody they were dating or going out with. While every month is an appropriate month to discuss healthy relationships with young people in your life, February is National Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month. Continue reading