Posted on October 11, 2019
Over the last two weeks, Innovia 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 assessment. Data gathered included the topics of healthcare access and affordability, food security, housing affordability, economic opportunity, behavioral 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 results, findings 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you to our community partners and funding partners:
Lewis Clark State College
Twin County United Way
North Central Idaho Public Health
Community Action Center
Idaho Community Foundation
Lewis Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Community Development
Premera Social Impact