Get Healthy Idaho Community: United Way of Southeastern Idaho in Bannock County
The Get Healthy Idaho (GHI) second round funding opportunity was announced statewide on June 28, 2021. Four robust proposals were received, each included compelling data outlining disparities in health outcomes around the state of Idaho and a desire to improve health and resiliency.
On August 27, 2021 Get Healthy Idaho announced that the United Way of Southeastern Idaho rose to the top, receiving the highest score overall and will receive the next round of GHI funding. High rates of poverty in combination with low rates of healthcare access and other social and geographic inequities have created significant vulnerabilities and disparate health outcomes for residents across the United Way's focus area of Bannock County.
For the first year of funding the United Way of Southeastern Idaho will engage in a community-led process to organize a multi-sector collaborative. This collaborative will use existing data along with collecting lived-experience data directly from community members to better understand the upstream and downstream conditions that are shaping health outcomes in Bannock County. Finally, they will use this information to develop an evidence-based Community Action Plan to address the social, economic, and environmental drivers of health in subsequent years of the initiative.
By investing in the social determinants of health, this funding opportunity aims to address Get Healthy Idaho’s four strategic health priorities - diabetes, obesity, behavioral health, and unintentional injury. Research clearly shows that up to 80 percent of what makes us healthy is determined by factors outside of clinic walls, such as access to affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, nutritious foods, livable incomes, and quality educational opportunities. This initiative will support an Idaho community to address poor health conditions “downstream” by shaping the factors, supports, services and infrastructure needed “upstream” to create a community where people can be healthy and thrive.
Questions about Get Healthy Idaho can be directed to: GetHealthyIdaho@dhw.idaho.gov