Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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Start 2009 Off Healthy


Resolve to make healthy lifestyle changes in your family this year with the help of the free 2009 Healthy Habits, Healthy Families calendar. It’s got tips to help your family become more active and recipes for healthy meals. Call Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 to order your copy. For more information on making 2009 a healthier year, check out the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program by clicking here.







Our mission is to promote and protect the health and safety of all Idahoans. From birth throughout life, we can help enrich and protect the lives of the people of our state.

We offer programs that deal with complex social, economic and individual issues. They range from Medicaid to Food Stamps, Child Protection to Disease Prevention. Last year, we helped almost 340,000 people in our state, one out of every four Idahoans.


Many of our programs are designed to help families in crisis situations, giving a helping hand to vulnerable children and adults. Our programs are integrated to provide the basics of food, health care, job training and other assistance to get families back on their feet and be self-reliant members of our communities. By helping families solve their problems, we can build a healthier Idaho.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be accepting comments on the preparation of their Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho Caseload Reduction Credit Report.  Interested individuals can view a copy of the report at the Departments website at (list link here) or request a copy of the report by contacting Scott Grothe, Department of Health & Welfare, Division of Welfare, Research & Statistics Unit, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID  83720, (208) 334-5623.  The...
A Third of Idaho Children Are At Risk of Being Overweight A new study shows that nearly a third of Idaho third graders are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight, increasing their chances of health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.  

Idaho health officials are reporting a recent influenza-related death this month of a woman over the age of 50 in the Panhandle. This is the first flu-related death of the season reported in Idaho.

Idaho health officials warn people that an increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections is being reported in the state and urge people at risk to get tested.  “HIV infections appear to be on the rise in young people in Idaho,” says Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist.

Lead poisoning is a preventable environmental disease which affects an estimated 310,000 children in the United States. Children with lead poisoning may suffer from hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, learning disabilities, lowered IQ, speech delay and hearing impairment.

The Department of Health and Welfare’s new Community Health Center Grant Program has awarded seven grants to improve healthcare for Idahoans across the state. Benewah Medical Center, Dirne Community Health Center, Family Health Services of Twin Falls and Burley, Glenns Ferry Health Center, Health West in Pocatello, Terry Reilly Health Services in the Treasure Valley, and Upper Valley Community Health Services in St. Anthony were selected to receive grants totaling $1 million. The primary focus for this year’s grants was improving access for dental healthcare.

Is your family prepared for school closures, empty food shelves and no available medical care? Could your business still function with 40% of workers staying home? Will police, fire and critical utility services be available if workers are ill or caring for ill family members? These are things which could easily occur during an influenza pandemic, and the driving force behind a new website that was launched by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare,

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