Health equity in Idaho? 2018 County Health Rankings show disparities

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We may think of health as something that is influenced by genetics, diet or exercise, but the point behind the annual release of a trove of Idaho and national county-level data comparisons known as the “County Health Rankings and Roadmaps” (CHRR) is that health is more than what happens at a visit to the doctor’s office.

Increasingly, research shows that the economic, social and environmental conditions in the communities where we live, work, and play also factor into our ability to make healthy choices and live healthy lifestyles. In general, living in Idaho provides the environments and opportunities for those healthy choices and lifestyles, from easy access to recreation for exercise, safe communities, family and social support systems and access to clinical care. Continue reading “Health equity in Idaho? 2018 County Health Rankings show disparities”

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

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

Idaho Health Care Plan information sessions set Thursday, Dec. 7 in Pocatello and Monday, Dec. 11 in Coeur d’Alene

Informational, question-and-answer sessions are planned for Pocatello on Dec. 7 and Coeur d’Alene Dec. 11 to discuss the Idaho Health Care Plan, aimed at delivering better health care for Idahoans. Continue reading “Idaho Health Care Plan information sessions set Thursday, Dec. 7 in Pocatello and Monday, Dec. 11 in Coeur d’Alene”

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