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

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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

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Washing hands often can ward off norovirus, the ‘Winter Vomiting Bug’

how-get-norovirus-lgYou may have seen in the news last month that more than 500 people fell ill to norovirus on two separate cruise ships, bringing to 12 the number of major outbreaks of this nasty virus aboard ocean-liners in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That may lead you to think that norovirus is something you only risk on a cruise ship. But there’s actually a better chance you’ll be infected in restaurants, long-term care facilities like nursing homes and in other places where people gather and share bathrooms – day cares, schools, camps, and big events. Norovirus is also known as the “winter vomiting bug,” so it’s a good time to talk about reducing your risk. Continue reading

Director Russell Barron kicks off IDHW employee’s United Way charitable giving campaign

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Russell Barron visited the United Way of Treasure Valley Basic Needs Pantry in Boise recently to announce the kickoff of the 2017 Idaho State Employee’s Charitable Giving Campaign and to demonstrate how IDHW employees collectively give back in the communities where they live and work, and the many organizations that are part of the United Way’s United We Care/United We Fight campaign. Continue reading