WOOD – Nine cities in Idaho participate in the Community Health Academy, a program of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that provides expertise and funding to help build healthier communities.
The Community Health Academy is a learning collaboration where mayors and city staff collaborate and learn from local and national experts. Academy sessions focus on things that impact community health, such as childcare, housing, food systems, civility, and creating pedestrian-friendly environments.
The Community Health Academy offers three online sessions and two in-person sessions. The mayor of each town attends each session along with another staff member from the town or community.
The cities that were selected through an application process to participate in the Community Health Academy are:
Caldwell, Lewiston, Payette, Glenns Ferry, New Meadows, Weiser, Idaho Falls, Nezperce, Wendell.
Each city will receive a grant for a project or program at the end of the academy.
“There was so much interest in this year’s Community Health Academy that we invited the most cities we’ve ever had,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, executive director of the Blue Cross of Idaho. Foundation for Health. “We look forward to working and learning with these cities to help identify best practices they can bring back
to their community to build a healthier Idaho.
The 2022 Community Health Academy will be the fifth offered by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. Over the years, 15 towns in Idaho have completed the academy and received grants for their community.
About the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable foundation established in 2001 by Blue Cross of Idaho. The Foundation is dedicated to giving back to Idaho and addressing the root causes that impact health. More information is available at www.bcidahofoundation.org.