New Director Chosen by the Board of Health

Published online: Apr 11, 2022 Articles, East Idaho Health
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IDAHO FALLS -- The Board of Health (BOH) at Eastern Idaho Public (EIPH) has chosen a new Director to lead the agency. As a longtime healthcare professional and a public health  employee for the past decade, James Corbett will succeed outgoing Director Geri Rackow, who is leaving the agency to assume a position at the Idaho National Laboratory. Director  Rackow’s last day at EIPH will be Friday, April 8. 

The Board would like to extend their gratitude to Director Rackow for her leadership of the  agency over the past nine years. “Director Rackow always gave 100% effort in her work. She  consistently provided detailed and factual information to assist the Board of Health during  difficult decisions. She was willing to share her personal thoughts and then accept and support  the decision made by the Board. Our health district has been well served and is a healthier  district due to the leadership of Geri Rackow,” stated Bryon Reed, EIPH Board of Health Chair and Bonneville County Commissioner.  

“Our EIPH team is comprised of amazing individuals who are dedicated to serving and  educating the public. It has been my honor and privilege to lead this team over the past nine  years. Seeing the positive difference EIPH has made in the lives of those we serve has  brought me joy and satisfaction in my role as EIPH Director. I have also valued the opportunity  to collaborate with community partners and stakeholders. While I will miss my involvement with  public health, I am confident that the EIPH team will continue their great work under the  leadership of EIPH’s new director, James Corbett.”  

James Corbett has been with EIPH since 2011 serving in several roles, including the  Immunization Coordinator, the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) Manager, and most recently, the Community Health Division Administrator. James was instrumental in  EIPH’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years, he worked diligently to  collaborate with and convey vital health information to local businesses, school districts, hospitals, labs, healthcare providers, and emergency mangers. Prior to employment at EIPH,  James worked in the private sector providing clinical healthcare services to Eastern Idahoans. 

“While COVID-19 has given public health a higher profile, we are excited to continue to be a  trusted resource in the community and to inform and educate the public of all the other great  programs and services public health offers including early childhood intervention programs, like WIC (Women, Infants, Children) and PAT (Parents as Teachers); environmental stewardship, which allows greater confidence in our food establishments and drinking water; clinical services, to prevent diseases and detect and treat conditions early; and health  education, which helps citizens make informed decisions to improve their quality of life,” stated  James Corbett, Incoming EIPH Director. Corbett continues, “I feel fortunate for the opportunity to lead EIPH into the future and look forward to continued collaboration will all parties interested in achieving the mission of public health.” 

EIPH is a local public health agency that serves the following counties in Eastern Idaho: Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton. The mission of public health is to prevent disease, disability, and premature death. EIPH is governed by a  Board that consists of a county commissioner or their appointee from each of the counties in  EIPH’s region along with a physician representative. All of EIPH’s programs and services can  be viewed at www.EIPH.Idaho.gov. Please follow EIPH on Facebook (@EIPH) for the most  up-to-date announcements and information about the agency and its programs and services. 

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