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Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck Health & Crisis Day By: Richy Gaona

This day was about understanding health and well-being services available to our community, and what we as leaders can do to help people experience and receive the assistance they need. We started the day off at the Idaho Food Bank, where we had the privilege of packing items and preparing things for distribution across Southeast Idaho. Everyone contributed to the very best of their ability, and by the end of our time there we had accomplished the many tasks that were prepared for us, and more! Many of us gained a better appreciation for the work that takes place to get so many people the necessary nutrients that they need to survive throughout a week. What a great way to start our day.

Our next stop was Portneuf Medical Center, where we were treated to a presentation of the new things and ideas the Portneuf Health Partners have in the works. We enjoyed lunch while Todd Blackinton and his great team explained the ins and outs of the hospital and its partners. Who knew that there were so many working parts to what they do on a very regular basis. We heard many success stories, as well as a couple within our class, and to know that our community has so many healthcare resources is exciting. We toured a few different parts of the hospital, and finished our tour with a new understanding of the great presence of healthcare within our community.

SEICAA opened their doors to us, and prepared a poverty simulation that relates to the real world. During the simulation all classmates were given different assignments and tasks, and experienced a month of poverty within a shortened window of time. Depending on your perspective during this time, and the experience you prepared yourself to receive, you learn what it is like to be in need. But fortunately, due to this simulation you now have the resources, and know of the many different outlets and options available to receive, or help someone receive the assistance they need.

This day was about perspective and experiences, and at the end of the day, we will not forget what we learned, and how we can help those that are in need.

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”
― Immanuel Kant