Innovia Foundation Hosted Community Forums and Data Walks in Rural Communities

Posted on October 11, 2019

Moscow community members eating and preparing to take a Data Walk.

Over the last two weeksInnovia Foundation and Lewis Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation hosted community forums and “data walks in Moscow, Pullman, Lewiston– Clarkston, Grangeville, and Orofino. The data walk included several stations where participants could review results from a nine-county needs and opportunity assessmentData gathered included the topics of healthcare access and affordability, food security, housing affordability, economic opportunitybehavioral health and others. 

All events were well-attended, with a diverse group of over 300 participants across nine forums. Community members participated in identifying pieces that were missing from the resultsfindings that were surprising, and previous solutions that have either worked or have not in each community. They were also asked what they would do if they could wave a “magic wand” to better their community.

Innovia also announced the formation of 10 Leadership Councils that will include representation from local residents living in the 20 counties served by the Foundation. Leadership Council members will serve as ambassadors and advisors to Innovia, as well as advocates for philanthropy in general. Members are approved and appointed by the Innovia Foundation Board of Directors, and will be required to attend two meetings per year. Information about the Councils, as well as an online application/nomination form, can be accessed via the link below.

The data generated productive discussions that involved the individual communities in naming solutions that would actively increase the quality of life in their community.  The results from the assessment will be combined with information shared at the forums to produce a final report in December 2019.  For more information about this project, contact Mason Burley (

Download a copy of the Transfer of Wealth report, with local and regional data here.

Click here to nominate someone or to apply for a leadership council.

Thank you to our community partners and funding partners: 

Community Partners: 

COAST Transportation 

Lewis Clark State College 

Twin County United Way 

North Central Idaho Public Health 

Nimiipuu Health 

Community Action Center 


Funding Partners: 

Avista Foundation 

Idaho Community Foundation 

Lewis Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation 

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Community Development 

Premera Social Impact