Boise & Garden City

Summit to focus on road plan for healthy Treasure Valley communities

The organizers of the Creating Healthy Communities Summit, April 20-21 in Boise, say their goal is to end the event with a roadmap of specific steps for improving health in local communities.

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the High Five Children’s Health Collaborative, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, COMPASS, Idaho Smart Growth, FitOne, the Idaho Transportation Department, Treasure Valley United Way, HEAL, Valleyride Transit, the Central District Health Department, the Treasure Valley YMCA and Boise Parks and Recreation will host the summit.

The conference runs from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 20 and 7 a.m.-noon April 21 at the Boise State University Student Union Building.

Discussions will focus on how local agencies can work together, pooling their resources and expertise to create a tangible action plan focusing on four areas: healthy and active kids, access to care, active and public transportation, and access to healthy foods.

The conference facilitator will be Tyler Norris, vice president of total health partnerships at Kaiser Permanente. Norris is a social entrepreneur and advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, NGOs and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places.

The keynote speaker is Jay Conner, founder/CEO of Learning Ovations. He is also the founder of The Collaboratory for Community Support.

The agenda also includes facilitated networking by geographic region and a CEO roundtable with leaders who are making health a priority in their businesses. Special guests include Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, friends who traveled the El Camino de Santiago trail. Gray, an employee of St. Luke’s Health System, pushed Skeesuck, who uses a wheelchair, for 500 miles.

The cost is $50, which includes two breakfasts, lunch and parking.

Register online or call Amy Stahl, Boise Parks and Recreation, at 608-7611.