Third grade teacher Susanne Ortiz explains rules of the classroom on the first day of class to her students at Sacajawea Elementary School in Caldwell.

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CALDWELL — Sacajawea Elementary School identified as a “health hot spot” in Caldwell.

The National League of Cities (NLC) selected six mayors through an application process to participate in the May 2017 Mayors’ Institute.

The six cities represented were the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Toledo, Ohio, Rancho Cucamonga, California, Houston, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and the

City of Caldwell. 

Each mayor shared case statements outlining their specific goals and challenges at the intersection of education and health.

Through the collaboration between the City of Caldwell, the United Way of the Treasure Valley, and a Trinity Health System grant, Sacajawea Elementary School was identified as a “health hot spot” in Caldwell, with “few safe spaces for walking and biking, and lack easy access to public transportation and medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services, according to NLC Cultural of Health November 2017 newsletter.

The needs assessment was the catalyst for the City of Caldwell choosing Sacajawea Elementary School as its Community Schools pilot site, according to the newsletter.

Areena Arora is the City of Caldwell reporter. Contact her at

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