BOISE — More than 90 local nonprofit organizations across the Treasure Valley and around McCall area received grants from St. Luke’s Health System totaling more than $650,000, according to a news release. The grants will support a variety of health-related programs and events, including healthy activities for youth, suicide prevention services and transportation to medical care.

The Community Health Improvement Fund grants are part of St. Luke’s reinvestment in the communities it serves. In addition to the Treasure Valley grants, an additional $290,000 will be invested in Magic Valley bringing the St. Luke’s CHIF grand total for 2019 to $940,000.

“We are honored to partner with and support local nonprofit organizations to improve the health of people in our community,” said Dr. Alejandro Necochea, chair of the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Community Board. “As a community hospital and health system, we can collaborate and work together to address significant health issues.”

St. Luke’s CHIF grants are highly competitive with more than 130 nonprofit applicants this year. Members of the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Community Board, as well as experts across the health system, review the applications and make funding recommendations.

“The CHIF grants are one of the ways St. Luke’s can provide support for many local nonprofit organizations that are addressing health challenges and the social determinants of health,” said Theresa McLeod, senior director of community engagement at St. Luke’s. “Working with our partners, these grants can help reduce barriers to accessing care, increase resources and drive innovation to improve health. We are continuing to evolve these grants to foster impactful partnerships and intentional outcomes.”

Some of the nonprofits benefiting from the grants include:

The Boise Bicycle Project — The ‘Every Child on a Bike’ program’s goal is to “Make sure every child in the Treasure Valley has access to a bicycle, bicycle safety, bicycle repair, and the countless benefits riding a bicycle provides.

Treasure Valley Down Syndrome — The organization’s annual Buddy Walk event promotes “inclusion and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome in our community.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Nampa — The Boys and Girls Club of Nampa’s Triple Play program is a “dynamic wellness and fitness program that supports our Healthy Lifestyles priority.”

The 2019 CHIF grants include partnerships with:

n Three Boys and Girls Clubs, the Idaho Foodbank, Create Common Good, Treasure Valley YMCA and the Nampa Housing Authority to support the prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes.

n Ada County Paramedics, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline and Women’s and Children’s Alliance to support the prevention, detection and management of mental illness and reduce suicide.

n Faces of Hope, Genesis Community Health, Valley Regional Transit and Ronald McDonald House to improve access to affordable health care and affordable health insurance.

The CHNA is a comprehensive analysis of Idaho’s most important health needs. The CHNA process includes an extensive review of local, regional and national data along with in-depth interviews with key community leaders. St. Luke’s will publish a new CHNA this year.

The CHNA top three priorities are:

n Improve the prevention, detection and treatment of obesity and diabetes.

n Improve the prevention, detection and management of mental illness and reduce suicide.

n Improve access to affordable health care and affordable health insurance.

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