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Community and Environmental Health Assist with Collaborating for Health Conference

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is hosting its second annual Collaborating for Health Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 and 26 at the Riverside Hotel. Boise State’s Department of Community and Environmental Health is a community partner assisting in the organization of the event.The conference will provide education and networking for community and health professionals across Idaho.

Facilitate opportunities to learn about best and promising practices, strategies and research in public health and healthcare. Create a supportive environment for innovative ideas and approaches to public health practice, policy and research that encourage collaborations across and within sectors to help build a stronger foundation for a healthier Idaho. The conference will also provide a venue for public health, healthcare and community professionals at all stages of their career to forge new connections, collaborate, and innovate to support the health and well-being of Idahoans.

Attend educational sessions with local and national speakers on new and innovative best practices. Keynote speakers include, Brian Smedley, National Collaborative for Health Equity; Paula Braveman, MD, Center on Social Disparities in Health; Larry Cohen, Prevention Institute; Jeff Jordon, Rescue: The Behavior Change Agency; Jeanne Ayers, Minnesota Department of Health.

Additionally, ancillary events will be offered in conjunction with the conference. Pre-conference coalition meetings for Comprehensive Cancer Alliance for Idaho, Diabetes Alliance of Idaho, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) and Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., October 24 at the Riverside Hotel. Register here for the pre-conference coalition meetings. The Visual Arts Collective in Garden City will be holding a Resilience Film Screening at 6:00 p.m. on October 25 and serving hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reserve your spot for the film screening here.

Help build a healthier Idaho by attending this local conference. For more information about speakers and to see the full agenda, visit