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Nine Idaho Cities, Including Lewiston and Nez Perce to Attend Community Health Academy

BOISE – Nine Idaho cities are attending 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 collaborative where mayors and city staff collaborate with each other and learn from local and national experts. Sessions in the academy focus on things that impact community health, such as childcare, housing, food systems, civility, and creating pedestrian-friendly environments.

The Community Health Academy features three online and two in-person sessions. The mayor of each city attends each session along with another member of the city staff or the 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 upon completion of the academy.

“There was so much interest in this year’s Community Health Academy that we invited the largest number of cities we’ve ever had,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “We look forward to working and learning with these cities to help identify best practices that 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. Through the years, 15 Idaho cities completed the academy and earned grant funding 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 root causes that impact health. More information is available at