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


Bart Buckendorf recognized as Idaho EMS Pediatric Provider of the Year

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By Xenya Poole, NRP
EMS Field Coordinator, CHEMS & EMS-C
Idaho Bureau of EMS and Preparedness

We’re proud to announce that Bart Buckendorf of Ada County Paramedics is the recipient of the first annual “Pediatric Provider of the Year” award given by the Idaho Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Preparedness’ Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.  Continue reading

WIC program sponsors 1st-ever Idaho Breastfeeding Summit to continue support for mothers and babies

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By Mimi Fetzer, RDN, LD Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Idaho WIC Program of IDHW’s Division of Public Health

In the summer of 2016, the Idaho Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program’s breastfeeding accomplishments helped it receive a Breastfeeding Bonus Award of $103,882 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


The Idaho Breastfeeding Summit drew 160 participants Aug. 1-3 in Boise.

Many of the WIC-designated breastfeeding experts also participate in the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition to help supplement their knowledge and community outreach efforts. It was proposed that a large portion of the Idaho Breastfeeding Bonus Award go toward funding a first-ever Idaho Breastfeeding Summit, a conference that would strengthen breastfeeding efforts currently benefiting the state of Idaho. Continue reading

Idaho earns an ‘A’ on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card

Each year, the March of Dimes releases a “Premature Birth Report Card” for every state and territory in the nation to help raise public awareness and measure progress toward reducing premature births. Each state’s premature birth rate is compared to the March of Dimes goal and given a grade based on the comparison.

The premature birth rate is calculated by taking the number of premature births divided by the total number of live births with known gestational age and multiplied by 100. Idaho’s premature birth rate for 2014 was 8.1, which is equal to the March of Dimes goal for 2020. Idaho was one of only four states that received an “A” report card rating. The other states are Oregon, Washington and Vermont.  Continue reading