News from DHW: BYU-Idaho professor Timothy Rarick of Rexburg named to Board of Health and Welfare

Timothy Rarick

New IDHW board member Timothy Rarick, Ph.D.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Rexburg resident Timothy Rarick, Ph.D., to a four-year term on the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare. Rarick is a professor in the Department of Home and Family at Brigham Young University-Idaho and co-founder of the family life education blog

Writing, blogging, teaching, advocating and speaking extensively as “Dr. Tim” on parenting principles, child development, the family as the fundamental unit of society, fatherhood, and other topics, Rarick brings a research-based perspective on children, parents, and families to the board. He also serves on the advisory board for United Families International, the board of Educate Empower Kids, and has spoken several times during the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Continue reading


Care enough to call: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

It shouldn't hurt to grow up in Idaho.

Keeping children safe is one of our primary goals at the Department of Health and Welfare. This month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it’s a good time talk about what you should do if you think a child might be neglected or abused. Continue reading

Traveling this spring or summer? Measles may be just a plane ride away

infographic-measles-contagiousMeasles is one of the most highly contagious diseases in the world. It is just a plane ride away, and sometimes you don’t even have to get on a plane. We have seen several recent reports about people in airports in other states being exposed to measles after an infected person traveled through. As you might be traveling for spring break or making summer vacation travel plans, it’s important to make sure your measles vaccination is up to date. Continue reading

Idaho Society of Individual Psychology honors IDHW’s Brandon Clark of Lewiston


IDHW Reg. 2 Clinician Brandon Clark of Lewiston was honored by the Idaho Society of Individual Psychology during its annual conference March 2-3, 2018 in Boise.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare employees were among those attending this year’s annual Idaho Society of Individual Psychology (ISIP) conference March 2-3 in Boise, with the Division of Public Health, Suicide Prevention Program, and Optum Idaho among the sponsors of the event.

IDHW Region 2 Clinician Brandon Clark, who is on the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team in Lewiston, was awarded the “Significant Adlerian Contributor” award for 2018. Continue reading

Saturday, March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day – let’s make history, and #EndTB


(Left to right) IDHW Tuberculosis Program Manager Scott Hutton, Dr. Christine Hahn and Dr. Marcia Witte of the Division of Public Health prepare a display in IDHW’s Central Office to recognize World Tuberculosis Day on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s ​Tuberculosis Program staff helped promote World TB Day 2018 this week with a display illustrating the lengthy treatment regimen using candy to illustrate the amount of medicine used to treat the disease.  Continue reading

Health equity in Idaho? 2018 County Health Rankings show disparities


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

Be prepared for a poison emergency! Add this number to your phone: 1-800-222-1222

2018_NPPW_Banner_JPGMost poisoning emergencies are unexpected and happen quickly in our homes. A majority of non-fatal poisonings involve children younger than six. And for adults, poisoning is the No. 1 cause of injury death in the United States. This week is National Poison Prevention Week, so it’s a good time to think about what you would do in a poisoning emergency. Continue reading