From DHW Director Dave Jeppesen: Our annual Facts, Figures, & Trends publication that details the department’s work is now available

Every year, we create and distribute our Facts, Figures, & Trends, where you can find robust and detailed information about the work of the department’s eight divisions. The book highlights how our employees live our mission daily: to strengthen the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans.

Facts, Figures, & Trends covers state fiscal year (SFY) 2022, which is from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Because of the pandemic, those we serve have become more familiar with the Division of Public Health and how public officials work to support and inform the community and our community partners. However, the department also has seven other divisions that are focused on serving Idahoans or supporting those who serve Idahoans.

In additional to Public Health, the department’s divisions are Medicaid, Family and Community Services, Behavioral Health, Welfare (Self Reliance), Licensing and Certification, Management Services, and Information and Technology Services. Our employees have expertise in accounting, data analytics, healthcare administration, research, epidemiology, toxicology, social work, mental health, nursing, network administration, customer service, communications, program management, and much more. The skills and knowledge of our staff is vast and varied, but all of our employees have one thing in common, their desire to serve the people of Idaho.

I have been working at the department for almost three years, and I am still amazed at the commitment of our employees to the people of Idaho. They are sincere in their devotion to those they serve.

If you are interested in learning more about the work our employees and department, I would encourage you to take some time to read Facts, Figures, & Trends.

An unfortunate milestone in the pandemic

A few days ago, we hit a very distressing milestone in the pandemic – more than 4,000 Idahoans have now died from COVID-19, including more than 1,000 in long-term care facilities.

Our battle against this disease is not over. If you haven’t received a vaccine, I encourage you to consider doing so. If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster, I encourage you to consider getting a booster dose. Even with the new variant, the vaccine and booster dose are the best, most consistent way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness and death.

Use vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment. 

I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend.

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