Leading the Way to a Healthier Idaho
Founded in 2001, The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc. is a non-profit 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.
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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boise State University; a Master in Public Health from University of Texas School of Public Health; and a Ph.D. from University of Texas El Paso.
Rhonda Robinson Beale, MD
Chief Medical Affairs Officer
Dr. Robinson Beale moves from her current position as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross of Idaho into a new role with the Foundation as Chief Medical Affairs Officer.
In this position, she will work in conjunction with the Foundation’s current board and staff, as well as with stakeholders across the state, to create healthcare solutions focused on Idaho’s large rural population.
As Program Officer, Courtney works closely with mayors, schools and community partners statewide to implement programs under High Five, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health’s initiative for eliminating childhood obesity in Idaho. In this role, Courtney uses her experience in health-focused nonprofits and natural organizational skills to rally support, manage the day-to-day details of the programs, and track outcomes.
Before joining the Foundation, Courtney worked in development at the American Heart Association and National MS Society. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Eastern Washington University.
Business Administration Manager
As the Business Administration Manager, Deanne is responsible for improving the Foundation’s operational systems, processes and policies, as well as cross-functional administrative and project based support. She has spent more than 30 years working in administrative roles in the 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 part of an organization that is building a healthier Idaho for her three children and two grandchildren.
Connor Sheldon is a Program Officer leading the Healthcare Innovation and Youth Behavioral Health initiatives at the Foundation. Born and raised in Boise, Connor leverages her Idaho roots to build partnerships in communities around the state to address complex issues and create transformational solutions.
Before joining the Foundation, Connor lived and worked in rural Malaysia as a Fulbright scholar, competed in the world’s largest social entrepreneurship competition, and led various corporate social responsibility, international development, and sustainability projects. Connor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Environmental Health from Boise State University and a Master of Business Administration from Boise State University.