Leading the Way to a Healthier Idaho
Founded in 2001, The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc. is a nonprofit private foundation established by Blue Cross of Idaho.
We build local partnerships and collaborate to create sustainable changes that promote health in Idaho. Sometimes this means funding programs and projects driven by local communities. Sometimes this means leading the way with our own initiatives.
But it always means being a catalytic organization, dedicated to transformational — not simply transactional — approaches that will impact Idaho today and for generations to come.
Click here to download our annual report and learn more details about the impact The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is having across the Gem State.
Building a healthier Idaho.
As a catalytic funder, the work of The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health goes far beyond funding.
The first step is catalytic engagement: We work work closely with communities, partners and prospective grant recipients to clarify the needs, goals and metrics of every effort.
The next step is building partnerships: while we don’t engage in the day-to-day execution of these efforts, we do share our expertise and Rolodex.
The efforts combine to create transformational solutions: lasting, ground-up change that will be felt for years, or even generations, to come.
Our Foundation has positively impacted thousands of Idahoans since our founding in 2001.
Meet Our Team
Kendra Witt-Doyle, PhD
Kendra Witt-Doyle is the Executive Director of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Idaho’s leading health-focused charitable foundation. A recognized expert on community health, Kendra provides strategic oversight and leadership across the Foundation’s efforts to create a healthier Idaho through innovative, community-led health initiatives.
As an Idaho native and mother of two young boys, Kendra’s passion for improving the health of Idaho’s youth is integral to both her professional and personal life, motivating her to become active in community health organizations and coalitions. Kendra is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boise State University; a Master’s in Public Health from University of Texas School of Public Health; and a Ph.D. from University of Texas El Paso.
Business Administration Manager
Deanne is the Business Administration Manager at the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. She manages the Foundation’s finances and operations and is responsible for grant contracting, reporting and compliance. She has spent more than 30 years working in administrative roles in insurance, high-tech and financial industries. Deanne grew up in eastern Idaho and is proud to have lived her entire life in various parts of Idaho. She is excited to be a part of an organization that is building a healthier Idaho for her three children and two grandchildren.
Senior Program Officer
Courtney is a Senior Program Officer for the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health who leads the Community focus area. She engages and collaborates with local elected officials and organizations to build healthy communities and address root causes that impact health. Courtney uses her experience in health-focused nonprofits to build trusted partnerships resulting in sustainable change. Before joining the Foundation, Courtney worked in development at the American Heart Association and National MS Society. Courtney, who is married and has one child, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Eastern Washington University and a master’s certificate in nonprofit administration from Boise State University.
Jackie Yarbrough, M.P.A., L.S.W.
Senior Program Officer
Jackie is a Senior Program Officer for the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. She leads the Education focus area with goals to remove barriers to education and address root causes that impact health by engaging with schools, organizations and communities. Jackie is a Licensed Social Worker with 30 years of experience in the nonprofit, healthcare, social service and education sectors. She has dedicated her career to social justice and serving others and is passionate about health, collaboration and community building. Jackie holds a Master of Public Administration degree focused in nonprofit program management and development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Idaho State University. Jackie is a native Idahoan who enjoys spending time with her family and being in the outdoors.
Kaylee Wells is the Programs Coordinator for the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. She works closely with the Program Officers to provide logistical support as well as help build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and community members throughout Idaho. Kaylee was born and raised in Idaho and has spent most of her life in the Gem State. It makes her very proud to work with the Foundation, an Idaho-focused organization. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked with various health-related organizations in Idaho and Washington State. Kaylee is a Certified Health Education Specialist® and holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Western Washington University.
Nick is the Communications Specialist for the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. He collaborates with staff, community partners and media outlets to share news and stories about the Foundation’s work throughout Idaho. Prior to joining the Foundation, Nick worked as a newspaper reporter in Connecticut, Ohio, Texas and Idaho. He also worked as a copywriter and substitute teacher before moving into a corporate communications role at Blue Cross of Idaho. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University. He and his wife enjoy riding bikes, playing games, attending concerts, finding great restaurants and spending time with friends.
Board Vice Chair
Elva (Cookie) Allan