Culture of Health Leaders Program Call for Applications

The Culture of Health Leaders Program is pleased to announce that the Call for Applications for the 2017 cohort is now open.  Register at to access the application system. A copy of the application is attached. APA is one of the national partners supporting the program.

The application process closes at 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 15. All application materials, including the required video and references, must be submitted in the online application system by the deadline.

The following optional webinar is available for applicants interested in the Culture of Health Leaders Program:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (3:30-4:30 p.m. ET)

Registration is required:

Additional information about the Culture of Health Leaders Program is available at Culture of Health Leaders website and at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website.

Happy New Year

APA Idaho wishes you a happy and prosperous new year.We thank you for your membership and all of the great work each of you to make great communities happen.

Please keep in mind that with the incoming new year comes some changes to the APA Idaho board. Sabrina Minshall is the new President, Leon Letson is the new Vice President, Maureen Gresham is the new Secretary, and Daren Fluke has moved to the honored position of Immediate Past President.

Wondering what these APA Ambassador activities look like?

Wondering what these APA Ambassador activities look like? 

We’ve been highlighting many of these activities on our blog site.  You’ll see examples from schools workshops to career fairs to community planning events.  More blogs will be posted over the next few months.

What does the future of the APA Ambassador Program look like?

The APA Board of Directors approved in September to change the Ambassador Program from a pilot to an ongoing initiative.  The next ambassador year will run January thru December 2017.  Applications are being accepted on the Ambassadors homepage thru December 31, 2016.

Click here to view the ambassador names listed by state.  Note these are volunteers that were able to fulfill the requirements during their year of commitment (active membership + hosting two activities).  There are others that volunteered but were not able to complete the two events, and we will work to get them involved in the next round.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this program a success.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Monica Groh
American Planning Association
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Conference Program

Great news, the full 2016 conference program is now available. The program includes complete session descriptions, and maps for getting around town.

Click HERE to see the full program.

Monthly news from the 2016 Idaho APA Conference Chair

Hello and happy August! The conference is coming up soon (October 12th – 14th) and this year it is located in Boise! This newsletter features highlights of different activities and sights to enjoy during your stay in Boise and a sneak peek at the program contents. Building off of our theme “Bridging Tradition and Innovation Through Planning” we have developed four focus areas or “Tracks” for program content. They are 1- Fundamentals, 2- Creative Partnerships, 3- Healthy Communities, and 4- Rural in Transition.

Want to stay connected? The APA IDAHO Facebook page just reached 100 likes! Let’s make it 200! Please like our Facebook page for the most up to date information on the conference. Give us a “Like”, join the conversation and get connected! 379383925506705/. You can also check out our Idaho APA site at apa-idaho-conference/

Our team has been working so hard to make this an amazing conference for you all! We have so many exciting things planned and as we get closer to the conference it just gets bigger and bigger. It really will be the best conference yet! Don’t forget registration opens September1st and will close October 7th- you don’t want to miss this one!


2016 APA Elections

The Idaho Chapter of APA is holding an election for the Executive Board Officer positions. The available positions are President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please take a few moments and seriously consider nominating yourself for one of these positions.  Some of the duties of the Executive Officers are to manage the affairs of the chapter, adopt and revise the chapter strategic plan, prepare and adopt a balanced annual budget, set the annual chapter dues, attend and participate in chapter board meetings, and take a leadership role in the activities of the chapter.

Nominations are taken online. To nominate yourself, Click here. For more information please contact any of the APA Idaho Board members.

APA-AICP Elections

2016 Chapter and Division Leadership Elections

Many APA chapters and most APA divisions are inviting nominations for leadership positions.

Chapter or division leadership is a great way to serve APA and the planning profession, expand your network, and meet new colleagues. If you are an AICP member, service as a chapter or division leader is eligible for CM credit.

If you are interested in leadership, check your chapter’s or division’s website or newsletter to learn whether and which leadership positions are open. Click here to begin the nomination process.

2016 Election Timeline
June 3, 2016 Deadline to submit nominee names, bios, and position statements
July 5, 2016 Final slate determined, including any petition candidates and their bios and position statements
August 5, 2016 Online voting begins
September 8, 2016 Online voting ends
Mid-September 2016 Election results announced
January 1, 2017 Newly elected chapter and division leaders take office

University of Idaho On-line Planning Methods course this spring

Planning Methods UI

In an attempt to better meet the needs for planning education in the Idaho, we are excited to offer our first fully online planning course! Ed Jepson, AICP, one of the authors of the new book, Fundamentals of Plan Making, has agreed to teach our graduate Planning Methods course in an online format. The course will focus on the “nuts and bolts” of planning and what you can do to help communities prepare a strategy for effectively organizing and responding to the challenges of the present and the future.
The course will be open to students and practitioners and will be available on January 13. We anticipate that within two years, we will offer all our core planning courses online. If you are interested in registering for the course, want more information about the course or future online courses, please send an e-mail to the head of the program, Jaap Vos, at Below we have included some additional information about the content of the course.

The course covers a wide range of topics and methods that relate to the preparation of a comprehensive plan. It is organized into ten modules that explain the purpose of the comprehensive plan; the basic methods for analyzing and planning a community’s housing, environment, economy, public facilities, and transportation system; and the process of preparing a comprehensive plan.

While broad in its coverage, the course is detailed in its treatment of specific methods and techniques. You will learn how to access data from key websites and convert it into information that is useful for planning purposes. You will develop analytical skills through the use of a variety of quantitative methods to evaluate community conditions. And you will gain knowledge about the interrelatedness that defines a community’s success, as well as the role that planners play in discovering and enhancing the form that underlies that success.

The course content consists of a series of audio lectures and quizzes that correspond to the chapters of the textbook, Fundamentals of Plan Making – Methods and Techniques. Work products include short papers, method projects, organized discussions and a final project.





Congratulations to Three New AICP Members

Congratulations to Mary Huff, Owyhee County; Christian Samples, Canyon County; and Brandon Whallon, Hawkins Companies who passed the AICP exam in November.

AICP Exam Application Period is Now Open

Join the eighty other APA Idaho members who are AICP, and apply now for the May 2016 AICP exam. The application window is from December 1-31 2015, and the test will be administered from May 9 -22, 2016. If you apply by December 7th during the early bird period, you receive priority review of you application. Go to to apply.

AICP Exam Scholarship

One scholarship is available to an Idaho planner with financial hardship. The scholarship reduces the fee by $145 for first time applicants, or by $75 for planners previously approved to take the exam. If you feel you qualify, please submit a written explanation of the of financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency), which necessitates the request. You written explanation should be sent to the APA Idaho Chapter Professional Development Officer (PDO), Diane Kushlan at no later than February 15, 2016. Selection will be based on applicants who would not otherwise take the exam without the reduced fee and those with employers who will not subsidize the exam fee. Members of minorities will also be given preference.

For questions please contact Diane at or 208.4339352.