September 7 2022 ACMS Public Health Update

call with Dr. Christine Hahn, MD Idaho State Epidemiologist and Medical Director for Division of Public Health

Hear the latest updates and future directions on COVID-19 booster shots, monkeypox response, polio resurgence, and other public health topics with Dr. Hahn. NOTE: Dr. Hahn's audio is low until about 10 minutes into the video.


I would love to get in touch with someone that might be able to help me recruit clinical partners who might be interested in partnering with CDH in tobacco/vaping cessation and prevention programming in Ada, Elmore, Valley and Boise counties. 

Thank you!

Mindy Curran | Health Policy Analyst Central District Health
Community & Environmental Health | Health Policy & Promotion
P. 208-327-8547
E[email protected] | 
707 N. Armstrong Pl., Boise, ID 83704

Clinical Tobacco Partnerships Flyer

The Impact of Dobbs on Idaho Providers and Patients 

On June 24, the Dobbs decision overturned 50 years of the constitutional right to access abortion and overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision means that each state determines access to abortion, and many, including Idaho, have enacted trigger laws that immediately ban abortion with very narrow exceptions. This has created uncharted territory for patients, physicians, and health care systems as we seek to provide ethical care for all patients.

Attorneys from Smith + Malek law firm, including Caitlin O’Brien, Hannah Andazola, and Luke Malek, discussed how the Dobbs decision impacts Idaho, our providers, and what the future looks like for Idahoans.

Idaho Medical Association is proud to offer this recording as a complimentary IMA membership benefit


If you are interested in getting involved in the Idaho Coalition for Safe Reproductive Health Care, whose goal is not necessarily to overturn the law as it stands, but to seek clarification of the language in order to continue providing safe care, contact the [email protected] who will put you in touch with leadership there.

Jason Karlawish - The Problem of Alzheimer's
Public Health/COVID19

Dr. Jason Karlawish provided our keynote at the 2021 ACMS Annual Meeting. We are glad to have him return for another virtual public conversation via Rediscovered Books on January 29, 2022. The following is a recording of that conversation.


 Dr. Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, where he cares for patients. He researches and writes about issues at the intersections of bioethics, aging, and the neurosciences. He is the author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It. The book is part case studies and part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease. It traces Alzheimer’s from its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis and takes us inside laboratories, patients’ homes, caregivers’ support groups, progressive care communities, and Dr. Karlawish’s own practice at the Penn Memory Center.

Dr. Karlawish has also penned the novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont and has written essays for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, STAT, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Resources shared by during the online conversation


  • Creative Care by Anne Basting
  • Dementia Reimagined:  Building a life of joy and Dignity from Beginning to End by Tia Powell
  • Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying by Sallie Tisdale
  • Beating the Dementia Monster: How I stopped the advance of cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's disease by Vaishali S Phatak




How COVID Affected Patients and Physicians

In this clip from our 2021 Legislative Update, St. Luke's Hospitalist and then ACMS Board Member Dr. Ann Huntington provides a description of how COVID-19 has impacted patients and healthcare workers. She later testified before the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee on the same topic.

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