Portneuf Health Trust gives $135K to Elevate Community Health Programs in Southeastern Idaho

POCATELLO, ID, Jan. 15, 2024 – At a media event on Thursday, Pocatello’s Portneuf Health Trust announced a gift of $135,000 to the United Way of Southeastern Idaho that will provide critical support for community nonprofits focused on health in our region.

“Portneuf Health Trust is excited to continue to help fund health programs through United Way,” said Shaun Menchaca, President and CEO of Portneuf Health Trust, who presented a check to the United Way on Thursday. “The United Way has a well-organized grant process that ensures our contributions help organizations and projects that benefit health in our community every day.”

Portneuf Health Trust’s gift will help fund health-related grants for local nonprofit organizations through the United Way’s annual community investment process, said Shantay Bloxham, CEO of United Way of Southeastern Idaho.

“We believe that access to quality healthcare affects every aspect of life,” said Bloxham. “Portneuf Health Trust has a robust history of partnering with United Way to improve community health, and we are so honored to be trusted as a vehicle for filling in the gaps of need in Southeastern Idaho.”

Last year’s donation in the same amount from Portneuf Health Trust directly supported seven trusted and vetted nonprofit programs that served 3,620 community members in need in Southeastern Idaho. Those programs include: Bannock Youth Foundation Nurturing Program, Family Services Alliance, Idaho Food Bank Backpack Program, Pocatello Free Clinic Access to Care, Pocatello Free Clinic Oral Health, Area Agency on Aging, and Health West Special Services Fund.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho serves ALICE families and individuals – those who are above the poverty level (so do not qualify for those resources) but do not make enough to make ends meet. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho’s mission is to create powerful partnerships – like the one with Portneuf Health Trust – to improve education, health and financial stability. Last year, United Way awarded more than $327,350 to 26 vetted and trusted local nonprofit programs through its annual competitive Community Fund grant process.

For more information about Portneuf Health Trust, visit portneuf.org/partners/portneuf-health-trust.


Shantay Bloxham, CEO
United Way of Southeastern Idaho
(208) 232-1389


Shaun Menchaca, President & CEO
Portneuf Health Trust
(208) 239-1953