In an effort to bring together the hospital systems of Idaho, Boise State University’s Blue Sky Institute has partnered with the Idaho Hospital Association to facilitate a strategic plan that allows for health systems within the state to connect with one another to better serve their communities and focus on existing and emerging issues they expect to face in the future.
Blue Sky Institute is a collaborative institute at Boise State between the College of Business and Economics, the College of Health Sciences and the School of Public Service. The institute harnesses the skills and resources across campus to create partnerships between the university and the Idaho community that positively impact the community’s most entrenched social issues.
The partnership between the Blue Sky Institute and the Idaho Hospital Association is part of Blue Sky’s population health pillar. As one of the three pillars that guide the institute, the population health pillar serves as a forum for the development, implementation and validation of strategies to improve public health and healthcare delivery across Idaho.
To promote collaboration between these health systems, the Blue Sky Institute is researching ways in which the association could better provide for the community and solve community health related problems as a cohesive team for the state.
“The partnership between the Blue Sky Institute and the Idaho Hospital Association is creating a safe space to help facilitate conversations surrounding existing and emerging issues of healthcare in the state of Idaho,” said Kodi Romero, program manager for the Blue Sky Institute. “Currently, our goal over the next three to five years will be to help the Idaho Hospital Association form a plan of execution when faced with these health system problems so that the people of Idaho can receive the best healthcare possible.”