Children

RMHC Idaho

Just weeks after opening a new 47-room Ronald McDonald House in Boise, the pandemic hit. But the need for a home away from home for children and their families, in need of accute care at Treasure Valley hospitals, has never been greater. And with Christmas only a few days away, the core staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities are doing their best to make sure that some part of the holiday season is still merry and bright.

Janine Vincent / Newton County Schools via AP

This interview originally aired Aug. 13, 2020.

In "Sunny Days," through rigorous research and extensive interviews of key Sesame Street figures, bestselling author David Kamp has produced a fun and fascinating work of cultural history.


Susan Walsh / AP Images

 

The financial and emotional stress of COVID-19 is affecting Idaho families. Heartbreakingly, this has resulted in a measurable increase in child abuse cases with some serious enough to result in emergency care at hospitals.

Janine Vincent / Newton County Schools via AP

 

Even though COVID-19 seems to be not affecting children’s bodies as much as it is adults, the disease is not being so kind to children’s minds. No one is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic and related quarantining. However, many mental health experts believe children may be at a particular risk.

Ted S. Warren / AP Images

‘Put kids first.’ We hear this term a lot, but many times, children are left out of the conversation when it comes to implementing legislation that impacts these very kids and their families. 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation says one of every three children in Idaho is overweight or obese, which can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. To help stop those risks, the Foundation gives out Community Transformation Grants to Idaho communities to provide access to physical activity and healthy, affordable foods. Gemma Gaudette takes a look at the program.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

Children with special needs in the Magic Valley have a place to turn when they need special equipment, therapy, travel assistance or family counseling. Since 2006, St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation has helped more than 400 kids with speech therapy, physical therapy, equipment and hippotherapy. Idaho Matters finds out more about this special program.

AP-Photo/HO

Every year in the U.S. hundreds of babies die from sleep-related causes. That includes everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to soft pillows and blankets. Every year, babies in Idaho die from these causes. Because some of these deaths can be prevented, health providers in the Gem State are putting together programs to make sure babies stay safe when they sleep. Idaho Matters talks with St. Luke's Hospital Director of Advocacy and Community Education Sherry Iverson about this issue. We also talk about National Child Passenger Safety Week. St. Luke's is providing free car seat checks around the state, find a list here.

Iowa Public Radio / BOYS TOWN NATIONAL RESEARCH HOSPITAL / SKIP KENNEDY

Private insurance does not cover the costs for most hearing aids for youths. Efforts to change that are afoot in the state legislature and Idaho Matters speaks with a representative spearheading the initiative and the mother of three children who require hearing aids.

iStockphoto/NPR

With school in session, many people shift their daily schedules to accommodate the school calendar. Recent studies show that these shifts in routine have a more significant impact on children than was earlier thought. Idaho Matters looks into the changes in mood, rhythm, and body clocks that occur in children when their daily schedule is altered.

NPR/iStockphoto.com

Idaho has the second highest rate of unintentional drownings of children in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and canals.  On Monday's edition of Idaho Matters, we speak with Treasure Valley YMCA CEO David Duro about water safety.

Robert Eiserloh / Flickr

Idaho is one of the most accommodating states in the nation for facilitating surrogate pregnancies, so much so that it has becoming something of a destination industry. Idaho Matters looks at why state laws are amenable to surrogacy and how it helps couples looking to start families.

On The Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 18, 2018

  • Annie E. Casey study shows Idaho children behind the national curve.
  • BSPR's Frankie Barnhill updates us on the 2018 wildfire season.
  • LDS population is on the rise as other religions see falling numbers.

Every summer we're reminded not to leave children unattended in parked cars, and every summer we hear tragic stories of children passing away in hot cars. Idaho Matters discusses the issue with Sherry Iverson, St. Luke's director of advocacy.

Flickr Creative Commons

A recent report indicated eight of the 10 least-immunized counties in the country are in Idaho.

Because International Distributes Shoes That Last

Jun 21, 2018
Because International

In 2007, Kenton Lee was in Kenya when he noticed the children wore shoes that didn't fit, that were often cut open to accomodate growing feet.

On The Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 19, 2018

  • Boise becomes home to America's newest citizens.
  • College of Idaho's co-presidents talk higher education.
  • NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about reporting from Idaho.
  • The City of Boise condemns immigration policy.

youthempowermentservices.idaho.gov

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) provides mental health care for youths in Idaho by coordinating the services of multiple agencies, including the Department of Health and Welfare, State Department of Education and Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction. 

On The Thursday, May 31, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 30, 2018

  • The negative health effects of loneliness.
  • How to talk to kids about school shootings.
  • Little houses that also help seniors.
  • Efforts to preserve Idaho's birds of prey.

Pages