While this is a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19 is very real in our community. In an effort to increase trust and transparency within our community, Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling has formed a Health Advisory Task Force which will focus on providing local information from our local health care providers. The task force will compliment efforts by the State of Idaho and Southwest District Health to provide accurate data to our community. The chair of this newly formed Health Advisory Task Force is Ed Castledine, CEO of Saltzer Health and long-time Nampa resident.
Castledine shared, “The role of the committee is to listen to the community and respond with accurate information that helps people make decisions about COVID-19. We hope to reduce fear and anxiety through truthful reporting of timely data and educate and inspire the community to make good decisions and ultimately slow the spread of the disease. We hope to encourage businesses to open up and get people back to work. I am excited to help lead a group of people who love Nampa and want us to thrive as a community.”
MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH ADVISORY TASK FORCE
City of Nampa: Mayor Debbie KlingCity of Nampa: Kirk Carpenter, Fire Chief/Emergency ManagementIdaho Press: Matt Davison, President/PublisherKTVB: Kate Morris, President/General ManagerPrimary Health Medical Group: Steve Judy, Chief Operating OfficerSaltzer Health: Ed Castledine, CEO (Chair, Health Advisory Task Force)Saltzer Health: Dr. Erik Richardson, D.O.Saint Alphonsus: Travis Leach, PresidentSt. Luke’s: Joan Agee, Chief Operating Officer/CNOSt. Luke’s: Dr. Michaela Schulte, VP Medical Affairs
The creation of the Heath Advisory Task Force is part of a long list of actions taken by the City of Nampa over the past several months in response to the coronavirus. Some of the other major activities include:
Mayor Kling said, “We are working together as a community to get back to life as we knew it before COVID. In order to accomplish this, we need to all work together. The City of Nampa is working hard to collaborate, communicate and support our community during this difficult time. The formation of the Health Advisory Task Force came out of our desire to create transparency around the reality of our local healthcare capacities. With this goal in mind, we will be working to provide relevant and timely information from Nampa healthcare companies to Nampa residents. It’s going to take us all working together be become a safe and healthy community where people prosper.”
To watch a video with Mayor Kling introducing the Health Advisory Task Force and Ed Castledine, click here.
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