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The Office of Public Health Preparedness at Central District Health Department is charged with planning for, responding to, and recovering from, public health emergencies in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties. This charge includes helping our communities and families be prepared for just such an event. As an individual, there are many things you can do to help your family and community be prepared.

  • Protect yourself against everyday health hazards such as excessive summer heat, freezing winter temperatures, influenza and West Nile virus.
  • Learn more about the threats currently facing your community and our nation.
  • You can take simple disaster planning steps now that can help prevent disease and injury during an emergency.
  • Be informed of how your community is preparing and find ways to help.

CDHD can be a valuable resource to get you started on making you, your family and the entire Treasure Valley more prepared for a public health disaster. Contact any of our staff for more information.


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Rob Howarth
Division Director
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Mark Haigwood
Program Manager
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Zack Ward
ASPR Healthcare Liaison
Medical Reserve Corps Coord.
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Randy McLeland
Planning Manager
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Natalie Bodine
Training and Exercise Coordinator
Office of Public Health Preparedness

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