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COVID-19 Health Disparities Initiative

Early in 2022, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare awarded funding to 30 organizations throughout Idaho to address COVID-19 related health disparities. A second round of funding is now open for eligible applicants.



The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is releasing a rapid funding opportunity for community-based organizations to address COVID-19 health disparities among high risk, underserved, and rural populations. The Department has up to $5,433,403.17 available to support awards under this initiative. Funding is available through the CDC's National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities.  Applications are due 5:00 PM MST, Friday, September 23, 2022. Learn more about this funding opportunity.

COVID-19 Health Disparities Community Grant Solicitation Guidance Document

COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant Work Plan Template

Click on organization dots in the map below to learn more about work funded with the first round of awards. Utilize the zoom feature to see clustered awarded organizations within populated areas.



Health and social inequities have contributed to increased burden of COVID-19 among underserved communities and racial and ethnic minority groups, resulting in disproportionate rates of disease and inequitable access to testing, treatment and vaccination opportunities. The pandemic and resulting economic crisis have also created hardships for many individuals and families who continue to struggle to make ends meet.

To address these concerns, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare  awarded funding to 30 organizations throughout the state early in 2022. Each awarded organization is working on unique activities that fall under four broad goals:

  1. Provide education, assistance, and support to mitigate risks, transmission, and long-lasting impacts of COVID-19 as it relates to social determinant of health needs of underserved, high risk populations.

  2. Provide education, assistance, and support to mitigate impacts, risk, and transmission of COVID-19 and encourage vaccination and testing among migrant and seasonal farm workers.

  3. Convene and facilitate multi-sector partnerships to support and address mental and behavioral health needs of school-aged children and youth illuminated by COVID-19.

  4. Fund Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) for COVID-19 support and response.


Funding is available through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, CDC-RFA-OT21-2103, CFDA #93.391. 



The following brief descriptions highlight work proposed by each  organization awarded with the first round of funding. 

African Community Development

African Community Development will work with the African refugee community and partner organizations to build trust in the healthcare system, provide education at vaccine clinics, interpreter services and translation of COVID-19 educational materials and website content.


Bear Lake Memorial Hospital

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital will provide staff for free COVID-19 screening and testing for the community.


Benewah Community Hospital

Benewah Community Hospital will strengthen efforts to reduce the risk and transmission of COVID-19 through educational newspaper articles and advertisements within Benewah County.  COVID-19 home kits will also be distributed to families through local schools, as well as to patients within remote areas to provide better home self-monitoring and relieve pressure on critical access hospital capacity.

Bingham Memorial Hospital

Bingham Memorial Hospital will strengthen partnerships and increase access to quality, affordable care for Hispanic community members through culturally and linguistically appropriate services and information.

Boise State University

Boise State University in partnership with St. Luke’s Health System will identify youth mental and behavioral health needs through a school-based survey. Results will inform community meetings designed to develop action steps to address youth mental health needs.


Bonner General Health

Bonner General Health will increase access to COVID-19 testing. The hospital will also decrease the risk of transmission by implementing a vital sign monitoring project.


Boundary Community Hospital

Boundary Community Hospital will increase access to testing by providing supplies to partner organizations and schools. BCH will also create educational materials for COVID-19 prevention.


Family Health Services

Family Health Services will conduct a messaging and advertising campaign to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates and increase awareness of prevention services.


Health West

Health West will develop and distribute various forms of informational outreach materials in Spanish and English to boost vaccination rates and reduce COVID-19 incidences.


Idaho Immunization Coalition

The Idaho Immunization Coalition will provide programming and events to increase knowledge of community resources including access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

Idaho Resilience Project

The Idaho Resilience Project will convene and facilitate multi-sector partnerships to support and address mental and behavioral health needs of school-aged children, youth, and families illuminated by COVID-19, specifically in communities that are under-resourced and lack access to behavioral health support.

Idaho State University (A)

Idaho State University will offer testing, screening, contact tracing as well as behavioral health and education services for college students and the surrounding community.

Idaho State University (B)

Idaho State University will work with community health workers and primary care providers to mitigate health care access and service disparities for people with disabilities.

Intermountain Fair Housing Council

Intermountain Fair Housing Council will develop a housing is healthcare campaign including a guide and digital resources on COVID-19 and fair housing law translated into multiple languages and distributed to diverse populations.

International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee will support mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics traveling to refugee housing with education and information from trusted sources.

League of Idaho Cities

League of Idaho Cities will increase the number of Mayor’s Youth Advisory Councils in Idaho cities and will offer training events and presentations to provide education, assistance, and support to reduce the stigma of mental health issues, reduce youth drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide.

Marimn Health

Marimn Health will incorporate COVID-19 community outreach, education, monitoring, testing and referrals into wellness activities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI will offer evidence-based trainings to support mental illness recovery and care for families of children under 13 with mental illness. They will also launch school and youth support groups on college campuses, high schools, and in partnership with youth service organizations.

Pocatello Free Clinic

The Pocatello Free Clinic will increase their organizational capacity by updating policies and procedures, implementing workforce development trainings, and expanded community outreach.

Potlatch School District

Potlatch School District will provide rapid self-test kits to students or staff members who present with flu like symptoms.

Recovery in Motion

Recovery coaches will provide information about vaccinations and COVID-19 transmission. Coaches will also support clients impacted by the economic and social stressors of COVID-19 through discussions and referrals to available resources.

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Saint Alphonsus will expand capacity of providers with youth and adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Signs of Suicide (SOS) trainings.


St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center

St. Luke’s will improve case management and mental health for COVID-19 patients and community members through Community Health Workers. Community resilience will be strengthened through conflict resolution education for residents, medical staff, and parents and Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be provided for teachers, students, and community members. Vaccine education and promotion efforts will also be offered.


Treasure Valley Family YMCA

The YMCA will support the health and safety of employees and clients including those who are medically vulnerable through regular testing of unvaccinated staff and provision of vaccine education.

United Way of Treasure Valley

The United Way of Treasure Valley will integrate as a navigation and closed loop referral tool in schools statewide to connect children and families to existing community resources.

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho will develop county-level data modeling and an interactive web-based dashboard with COVID-19 indicator data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Voices Against Violence

Voices Against Violence (VAV) will continue to provide case management and safe activities for survivors of domestic violence including services for youth.

Willow Center

Willow Center will provide support groups for kids, teens, young adults, and adults addressing grief related mental health needs.

Wellness Tree Clinic

Wellness Tree Clinic will build relationships and provide COVID-19 vaccine education and outreach to high-risk patients and migrant and seasonal farm workers.

Western Idaho Community Health Collaborative (WICHC)

WICHC will develop a regional data dashboard covering the ten-county area within southwest and central district health. The dashboard will include social determinant of health needs within each community along with COVID-19 data and resources. WICHC will also evaluate the effectiveness of the collective impact model approach in reducing health disparities. 


Josh Lamansky, Project Manager

COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant

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