Idaho Public Health Districts Unveil Statewide Network of Care for Public Health

September 22, 2012
Central District Health Department - Idaho Health District 4

Idaho will soon become the first state to adopt the Network of Care for Public Health. Idaho’s seven Public Health Districts are funding this community-based Web portal program as a resource for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with community health.

The Network of Care program provides Idaho’s public health leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders with the best possible information to make decisions to improve the quality of health for the state’s residents. The site features science based health education provided by Healthwise; directly links to state and federal lawmakers; and provides health data indicators by county from the national County Health Rankings, and Healthy People 2020. These indicators are categorized by Idaho’s seven public health districts, as well as by county, to help local leaders focus their efforts to improve health at the heart of the problem.

“Since limited resources are a challenge for many local and governmental agencies, having access to this data can help local public health leaders and other policy makers direct their resources to areas that will target specific health issues in their jurisdictions,” said Russ Duke, Director of Central District Health Department.

This program offers the following features:

* It provides as many as 170 customized Local Health Indicators for each county.

* In many cases, it shows specific dimensions within an indicator to more accurately identify problem areas and targets.      Indicators often contain time trends as well.

* Indicators are automatically compared to Healthy People 2020 goals and to Idaho’s state averages

* Indicators include model practices from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), along with recommended interventions for positive change from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each indicator has a wide variety of information on prevention, testing, treatment, and key decision points as well as interactive self-assessment tools, forums, and news from around the country.

“This web portal provides a vast library of resources, in multiple languages, for individuals and families to utilize as a resource to improve their health,” said Bruce Krosch, District Director of Southwest District Health. “As Idaho’s Public Health Districts strive to create healthier communities, this is one more tool to help us accomplish this goal,” he said.

To learn more, visit Idaho’s Network of Care Sites. Data is available by county or by each of the state’s seven health districts, as listed below.

 PHD1 - Panhandle Health District

Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, & Shoshone Counties

 

PHD2 - Public Health – Idaho North Central District

Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, & Nez Perce Counties

 

PHD3 - Southwest District Health

Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, & Washington Counties

 

PHD4 - Central District Health Department

Ada, Boise, Elmore, & Valley Counties

 

PHD5 - South Central Public Health District

Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, & Twin Falls Counties

 

PHD6 - Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Butte, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, & Power Counties

 

PHD7 - Eastern Idaho Public Health District

Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, & Teton Counties