Ruth York is the Executive Director of the Idaho Federation of Families. Ruth is married with two children, now young adults. She received a Masters Degree in Public Health from Columbia University early in her career. Prior to taking this position with the Federation, she was privileged to lead a wonderful staff at St. Luke’s Health System focused on supporting the needs of families with children who have complex health issues.
Ruth says that the Federation feels like a great fit for her because she knows she wants to be part of improving the overall health and well-being of families in Idaho. Her particular passion is to focus on helping families support the mental health needs of their children, while also finding adequate supports for the whole family.
Ruth is passionate about supporting families in their journeys with kids challenged by emotional and behavioral health issues. She has experienced these challenges in her own family and has felt the isolation the journey can result in, and the gaps in services that made it hard for her to find supports for both the adults and children in her family.
Her recreational interests include: Nature, hiking, biking, yoga, travel, music, food, friends.