Public Health in Idaho
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
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
Smoking Cessation Classes
Senior Fall Prevention Classes
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.
District 1 - http://www.phd1.idaho.gov
Panhandle Health District
8500 N. Atlas Rd.
Hayden, ID 83835
District 2 - http://idahopublichealth.com/
Public Health - Idaho North Central District
215 10th Street
Lewiston, ID 83501
District 3 - http://www.publichealthidaho.com
Southwest District Health
13307 Miami Lane
Caldwell, ID 83607
District 4 - http://www.cdhd.idaho.gov
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 - www.siphidaho.org
Southeastern Idaho Public Health
1901 Alvin Ricken Drive
Pocatello, Id 83201
District 7 - http://www.phd7.idaho.gov/
Eastern Idaho Public Health District
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401