IHCA Foundation

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IHCA foundationYou can donate online from this page, or you can mail a check to the IHCA Foundation at 1524 W. Cayuse Creek Drive, Meridian, ID 83646.

We are so excited and proud to provide support and education to those who are caring for Idaho’s most vulnerable populations.

Annual Healthcare Scholarship Cycle – Applications available – HERE.


2018 Fundraising Opportunities available

The Idaho Health Care Association Foundation (IHCAF) earned 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as recognized by the IRS in June, 2008.

Mission The Idaho Health Care Association Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to work or currently working in Idaho care facilities.

The priority goals of IHCAF are:

Raise $10,000 this year.

  • Hold fundraising events (raffles, silent auction, & golf tournament)
  • Pursue public donations
  • Recruit caregivers to the industry
  • Partner with technical schools, universities, and colleges

Provide funds to pay for training for individuals working in Idaho health care facilities and the community at large.

  • Seek funding to pay for job skills training, education, and tools for employee retention and moving up the career ladder

Work to create a positive public perception for the long term care profession.

  • Publicize work of the Foundation
  • Hold educational sessions for professionals and public
  • Promote a “how to” checklist for families to use when selecting an appropriate health care setting
  • Partner with community organizations

Promote careers in long term care by awarding scholarships to those seeking employment in Assisted Living, Intermediate Care Facilities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Scholarship application (only one submission needed):

Eighty-seven percent of skilled nursing facilities in Idaho are currently hiring Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and have had open CNA positions for some time.

Idaho facilities cannot meet the needs of residents in their care without a sufficient number of competent caregivers. The Idaho Health Care Association Foundation and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are applying for grant funding to establish a program to encourage individuals to choose caregiver careers.

The goals of this project are:

  1. encourage individuals to enter caregiver careers;
  2. aim to improve the training & orientation that is provided by the facilities;
  3. help maintain a sufficient number of competent caregivers to meet the needs of residents in Idaho SNFs; and
  4. to reduce the caregiver turnover.

Reducing turnover generally increases the competency of caregivers and decreases the number of new caregivers that must be trained each year.

The grant will help to engage young people and encourage them to apply for a community college program to become CNAs. The grant will pay for their training as well as their wages during the training. Those entering the program will be paired with a participating facility in their area for employment. The grant will also help facilities decrease turnover and increase the use of apprenticeships to help CNAs grow and develop their careers within the facility.