Creating Healthy Communities Summit will Help Connect Healthy Places, Healthy People April 17-18Three of the nation’s pre-eminent experts will collaborate with area leaders and professionals in public policy, community design, health-care access and healthy foods at the “Creating Healthy Communities” summit April 17-18 at The Riverside Hotel.
The 1 ½ day conference will enable local leaders to work with national experts around cross-sector goals that demonstrate the connection between healthy people and healthy places. Discussion will center around the influence of policy, community design and planning, healthcare access and services, and the availability of healthy foods on population health.
Last year, St. Luke's helped fund a new walking and running track at Star Elementary School. The track is aimed at improving not only the health of students, but of their family members as well. At the Healthy Communities summit, St. Luke's will report on how the track has improved the health of people in the Star community.
“Our goal is to learn from the nation’s thought leaders about how we can strategize and mobilize to make a difference in improving the health of our community by focusing on people as well as places,” said Dr. Mindy Gaddis of St. Luke’s Children’s.
Community members and professionals from the health, transportation, education, business and governmental sectors are invited to attend. Continuing education credits are available.
The conference is presented by the St. Luke’s Children’s and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation’s High Five! Children’s Health Collaborative with support from Saint Alphonsus, Boise Parks & Recreation, Valley Regional Transit, Idaho Smart Growth, Treasure Valley YMCA, COMPASS, and other partners.
Keynote speakers include:
On April 18, participants will review the previous day’s content and identify key strategies and action plans to improve healthy places and healthy people through transportation and design, policy development, youth engagement, healthcare, and food access.
Cost is $30 for adults (full summit); $10 students (with valid student ID), $10 Dr. Jackson’s keynote address only. To register, visit www.highfiveidaho.org/summit The High Five Children’s Healthy Collaborative is sponsoring the rebroadcast of Dr. Jackson’s “Designing Healthy Communities” series on Idaho Public Television Plus channel:
To find out more about Dr. Jackson's "Designing Healthy Communities" series watch the video below:
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.