The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, through its Rural Health Initiative, is awarding grants to three organizations working to help solve some of the healthcare challenges that exist in rural Idaho.
“Idaho’s landscape can make it difficult for people to access healthcare and for doctors and other medical professionals to provide the best care,” said Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale, the Chief Medical Affairs Officer at the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “Of Idaho’s 44 counties, 35 are considered rural and face many of the challenges that our Rural Health Initiative was created to help address.”
The three grant recipients are:
Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Rural Partnership. This $40,000 grant will help address health disparities in rural Idaho. These organizations are partnering to design and implement a process that engages community leaders in meaningful health-related dialogues about evidence-based information specific to their community to facilitate transformative action planning.
Southwest District 3 Behavioral Health Crisis System. This $75,000 grant will identify and implement a pilot practice and financial redesign model to advance the current behavioral health crisis center to a system model that coordinates care and addresses the needs of rural and vulnerable populations. The project will map gaps and necessary connections and coordination points to transform the crisis center into a crisis system of care with the goal of successfully stabilizing this population in rural areas as effectively as in urban areas.
University of Idaho. This $75,000 infrastructure grant will allow the university to further develop the Project Echo initiative to enhance its training curriculum and processes that easily connects rural providers to collegial teaching teams, giving them to access to knowledge that will help improve their diagnosis and treatment skills.
About Rural Health Initiative
Approximately 28 percent of Idaho’s population lives in rural areas. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health created the Rural Health Initiative in January 2018 to address the health inequities that exist in many rural areas. The work is occurring through understanding the needs of rural communities, working with local healthcare partners and improving access to quality care.
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 creation of the Foundation stemmed from our desire to improve the health of all Idahoans through wellness and prevention programs.
More information is available at www.bcidahofoundation.org.