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About Us

Welcome to the website for the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC). IHAWCC aims to create a meaningful, long term collaboration of stakeholders invested in child health care quality, with the common purpose of improving the health of the children and youth of Idaho. IHAWCC is dedicated to building health and improving outcomes for children and youth. Through partnership with public and private organizations, IHAWCC works to support and sustain improvement in pediatric healthcare. We work with state government, private companies, professional groups and other state and regional entities to facilitate progress in our areas of focus. With experience in healthcare quality improvement research and measurement, we connect healthcare providers, children and families in Idaho with the right resources for healthy living. We train and support professionals dedicated to improving delivery of quality healthcare for all children.

Vision: IHAWCC supports, guides, and collaborates with practices and community organizations to improve the quality of children’s healthcare in  Idaho.
Mission: We use local, state, and nationwide networking to address the healthcare needs and priorities of children. We are committed to patient and family-centered care. IHAWCC is accessible to all organizations and medical providers caring for children.



We Love Kids!



IHAWCC tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through our various projects, relevant webpages, key publications, and links to partner programs and organizations.

  • IHAWCC Toolbox

    IHAWCC’s trusted tools, documents, forms, and reports. This toolbox aggregates our resources for individuals wishing to learn more on specific collaboratives.

  • Patient Centered Medical Home

    The patient-centered medical home, one of modern health care’s most important innovations, is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.”

  • Quality Improvement

    The fundamental concept underlying improvement is that a system left unchanged can only be expected to continue to produce the same results.

  • Medical Home Portal

    The Medical Home Portal aims to provide ready access to reliable and useful information for professionals and families to help them care and advocate for children with special health care needs.

  • Recognitions/Certifications

    Promoting, educating, and insuring equal healthcare access and treatment for all individuals and communities.

  • Improvement Partnership

    The National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) is a network of over 20 states that have developed Improvement Partnerships to advance quality and transform healthcare for children and their families.



The strength of IHAWCC lies in our team's diversity and depth of experience. The result is a cross-pollination of ideas. From medical directors to pediatricians, IHAWCC’s Advisory Board is powered by people who genuinely care about the health of Idaho’s children.

  • Rainey

    Dr. Richard Rainey

    Dr. Richard Rainey is Regence BlueShield of Idaho’s Executive Medical Director, based in Boise since 2001.



  • Hettinger

    Lisa Hettinger

    Lisa Hettinger is the Administrator for the Idaho Medicaid program.

  • Godfrey

    Dr. Ben Godfrey

    Dr. Ben Godfrey is a practicing pediatrician at Treasure Valley Pediatrics.

  • Veltman

    Max Veltman, MS, PhD(c), RN, CPNP

    Max is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University.

  • Ullery

    Dr. John Ullery

    Medical Director

    Dr. John Ullery is the Medical Director for the CHIC Project.

  • Dizney-Spencer

    Dieuwke Dizney-Spencer, RN, MHS

    Advisory Board Member

    Dieuwke Dizney-Spencer is the Deputy Administrator for the Department of Health & Welfare.

  • Janos

    Dr. Gregory Janos

    Advisory Board Member

    Dr. Gregory Janos is the Executive Medical Director at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

  • Iverson

    Sherry Iverson, RN

    Advisory Board Member

    Sherry Iverson is the Executive Director for the Idaho American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Carico

    Melissa Carico

    Advisory Board Member

    Melissa Carico is the Project Manager for Idaho and Utah’s CHIC project.



In addition to learning processes and developing best practices, individuals who register for IHAWCC’s learning collaboratives will receive valuable, applied training on fostering a culture with a high quality of care.


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From food choice to dental care to medicine, this is a place for you to do research on the topics of interest to you and join the conversation about children’s health. IHAWCC is a collaborative effort. We need to hear your voice and expertise to help us all make the best choices for children in Idaho.


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Boise, ID 83720-0009