Below Fall Creek Falls, Idaho
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,939,033
  • Local Health Departments: 7
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Wildfires, Flooding, Landslides
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $5,382,980
    FY 2021: $5,246,538
    FY 2020: $5,546,900
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $11,451,854
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $4,567,500
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 4
  • Planners: 3
  • Other: 6*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

CDC Preparedness Field Staff
  • 1 Career Epidemiology Field Officer
  • 1 Preparedness Field Assignee
Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Community Preparedness
  4. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Administration
Stories from the Field
CDC in Action–PHEP Enhances Idaho’s Readiness to Respond during Solar Eclipse Event

In Idaho, PHEP supports a CDC field epidemiologist who works with state and local public health agency staff to strengthen surveillance and outbreak response. To prepare for the large influx of visitors to Idaho expected during the August 2017 solar eclipse, the epidemiologist and a PHEP-supported CDC field advisor stationed in Idaho developed a surveillance plan to monitor anticipated health conditions and report findings to responding agencies. Thanks to this preparation supported by PHEP, responders received daily information on emergency department visits and selected reportable diseases and could act quickly if an increase in conditions of concern occurred.

Idaho Animal Plague
Responding to Animal Outbreak of Plague

When plague was identified in six cats during the summer of 2016, a CDC-supported public information officer (PIO) worked with state agencies to educate the public and veterinarians about how to protect themselves and their feline patients through press releases and the Health Alert Network. Plague can jump from animals to humans and cause death in about one out of 10 cases. As a result of advanced planning and having the right staff on hand to support a vigorous response, no humans were infected with plague and the feline outbreak ended with no further cases.