Public Health in Idaho

Public Health in Idaho brochure

What does Public Health do?

Public health districts provide the basic services of public health education, physical health, environmental health, and health administration. The list below shows just a few of the services that South Central Public Health District offers to the community.

  • Day Care Inspections

  • Restaurant Inspections

  • Swimming Pool Inspections

  • Septic System Inspections

  • Immunizations for children and adults, including immunizations for overseas travel

  • Varnish and Dental Clinics

  • HIV / AIDS counseling and testing

  • Sexually Transmitted Disease testing and treatment

  • Birth Control and emergency contraception

  • Tuberculosis Clinics

  • Smoking Cessation Classes

  • Senior Fall Prevention Classes

  • Nutrition Information

Public Health's Vision

Healthy People in Healthy Communities

Public Health’s Mission

To PREVENT disease, disability, and premature death;

To PROMOTE healthy lifestyles; and

To PROTECT the health and quality of the environment.

The History of Public Health

Idaho’s seven public health districts were established in 1970 under Chapter 4, Title 39, Idaho Code. They were created to ensure essential public health services were made available to protect the health of all citizens of the State—no matter how large their county population.

The intent of the legislature in creating the seven public health districts was for public health services to be locally controlled and governed. Each of the public health districts is governed by a local Board of Health appointed by the county commissioners from that district. Each Board of Health defines the public health services to be offered in its district based on the particular needs of the local populations served.

The districts are not state agencies nor part of any state department; they are recognized much the same as other single purpose districts and are accountable to their local Boards of Health.

The law stipulates that public health districts provide the basic services of public health education, physical health, environmental health, and health administration. However, the law does not restrict the districts solely to these categories.

While Idaho Public Health Districts are locally based, they all share a common vision and mission.


Other Idaho Public Health District Offices

District 1 -
Panhandle Health District
8500 N. Atlas Rd.
Hayden, ID 83835

District 2 -
Public Health - Idaho North Central District
215 10th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501

District 3 -
Southwest District Health
13307 Miami Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607

District 4 -
Central District Health Department
707 N Armstrong Place
Boise, ID 83704-0825

District 5 - You are here!
South Central Public Health District
1020 Washington St North
Twin Falls, ID 83301

District 6 -
Southeastern Idaho Public Health
1901 Alvin Ricken Drive
Pocatello, Id 83201

District 7 -
Eastern Idaho Public Health District
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401




Last Updated February 2, 2012 1:45 PM © 2008 South Central Public Health District