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Chuckanut Health Foundation Announces Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

Chuckanut Health Foundation is now accepting applications for Lois Jean Roberts Nursing Scholarship’s which are available to students who are Whatcom County residents or who have graduated from a Whatcom County high school and have been accepted into a qualified nursing program at Whatcom Community College; Bellingham Technical College; Western Washington University or Skagit Valley College. These scholarships honor the life of Lois Jean Roberts, a Registered Nurse, who died in 1992. The scholarship grant is $1,5000 per year and may be renewed up to three additional years, based upon continued success in a course of study leading to licensure as a RN or a BSN degree. The deadline for submission of application materials for the 2018-2019 academic year is May 20, 2018. For further information, to download the application or review the award criteria click here. Since 1993, over 160 students have received in excess of $392,000 in nursing […]

Introducing the Recipe for Helping Local Cancer Patients

Our community is filled with inspiring and philanthropic people. Here at Chuckanut Health Foundation we feel honored when mission driven generous individuals join our board. One such person is Abbe Rolnick. Abbe, owner of Robek’s Fresh Juices/Smoothies & Healthy Eats, is also a novelist, world traveler, life learner, board member and so much more. Abbe wanted to raise support to help people living with cancer pay for their medical expenses. For the month of March, every time you purchase a smoothie and mention “Chuckanut”, Robek’s will make a donation to the Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund. The Laurendeau Cancer Care Fund, at Chuckanut Health Foundation, was created in 1980 with a gift from the late Dr. Theresa Laurendeau, a Bellingham physician, who knew first hand that costly prolonged cancer care is both emotionally and financially difficult for both patients and their families. Today the fund helps Whatcom County cancer patients not only with […]

CHF is Now Accepting Grant Applications Due by April 1st

We are currently accepting grant applications for our April 1st grant cycle. We seek proposals for projects and programs which benefit the people of Whatcom County and show active partnerships with other organizations on an identified community health need that leverages the impact of our support. If your organization is interested in applying for a major or strategic impact grant, please submit a letter of inquiry outlining the basic proposal (one page) to Sue Sharpe by March 20th, 2018. If there is mutual interest in pursuing the proposal, completion of a formal grant request will be recommended. The following are a few examples of programs and projects that have made a meaningful impact: support grieving children, teens and families, housing for homeless youth, end-of-life caregiver support, avalanche safety equipment, opiate abuse prevention education materials, and school drop-out prevention programs. For more information on grants awarded during our October grant cycle visit […]

What’s up doc? We’re dying to talk

It’s never too early, but it can be too late to prepare an advance care healthcare directive. End-of-life planning isn’t only for the elderly — it’s for everyone over 18 years old because accident or disease can strike anyone at any time. When you are unable to speak for yourself, who do you want speaking for you? Have you told them what you’d want or not want? Planning ahead ensures we are not robbed of those meaningful end-of-life conversations. The first of its kind in Whatcom County, this end-of-life planning event, called “What’s up, Doc? We’re dying to talk” will offer door prizes, light refreshments and music, and feature stories to humanize end-of-life preparedness for everyone. This event is intended to be a stepping stone to normalizing the conversation so that survivors are not left with the burden of making health care decisions without the input from their loved ones. […]

CHF Announces $201,790 in Grants to Ten Local Nonprofit Organizations

Awards made from Chuckanut Health Foundation’s October 1st, 2017 grant cycle mean thousands of people in Whatcom County will benefit from needed services through these local partner organizations.  Animals as Natural Therapy: $9,200 to assist in purchasing a van for their MOBILE project  Medical Terms International: $10,000 to support funding eight mobile dental clinics in rural Whatcom County  Shriners Hospitals: $5,000 to support their Bellingham Outreach clinic. Whatcom Community Foundation and Washington Federal Bank each are also investing $5,000. To learn more read Whatcom Community Foundation’s blog post Local partnership brings Shriners Outreach Clinic to Whatcom County Families.  Rebound of Whatcom County: $20,000 to expand the Nooksack Valley Roots Family Enrichment Programs  Lydia Place: $18,000 to expand parenting services, including launching their clinical mental health program  Health Ministries Network: $20,000 to support their work with local congregations on care transitions and palliative care.  Whatcom […]

An Interview with Astrid Newell on Envisioning the Best Possible Future for Children

Over the last decade, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of early childhood.  In Whatcom County, community leaders have prioritized a focus on young children and families as part of the Whatcom County Community Health Improvement process, recognizing that investing in our youngest children from the start is the most effective approach to improve health, reduce disparities, and advance health equity. Organizations, community leaders and individuals in Whatcom County have heard the call to action to invest in young children and have responded.  The Opportunity Council and Whatcom County Health Department sponsored a Future Search Conference to focus participants on identifying future aspirations and determining what they are ready and willing to do individually and collectively to support young children and families in Whatcom County. Astrid Newell, Community Health Manager for the Whatcom County Health Department sat down with us to share about the conference and Generations Forward: Envisioning a Future Where All […]

CHF is Now Accepting Grant Applications Due by October 1st

We are currently accepting grant applications for our October 1st grant cycle. We seek proposals for projects and programs which benefit the people of Whatcom County and show active partnerships with other organizations on an identified community health need that leverages the impact of our support. If your organization is interested in applying for a major or strategic impact grant, please submit a letter of inquiry outlining the basic proposal (one page) to Sue Sharpe by September 20th, 2017. If there is mutual interest in pursuing the proposal, completion of a formal grant request will be recommended. The following are a few examples of programs and projects that have made a meaningful impact: support grieving children, teens and families, housing for homeless youth, end-of-life caregiver support, avalanche safety equipment, opiate abuse prevention education materials, and school drop-out prevention programs. For more information on grants awarded during our April grant cycle visit […]

CHF Awards $258,00 to Fourteen Local Nonprofits

A total of $258,000 was awarded to fourteen local nonprofits as a part of CHF’s April 1st grant cycle. Grant recipients were selected due to the vital services they provide that strengthen and advance individual and community health throughout Whatcom County. Interfaith Coalition received a $20,000 matching grant to support Family Promise, a shelter and support program for local families who are experiencing homelessness. The Coalition’s vision is a community of many faiths working together to eliminate homelessness and poverty in Whatcom County, to fill gaps in human services and to meet housing and other needs of marginalized people. Family Promise is a national network committed to addressing the needs of a growing number of families experiencing homelessness and the factors that perpetuate poverty. The Family Promise model is active in 200 communities. The grant awarded supports Interfaith Coalition’s goal of establishing a day center for up to 14 family […]

Dear Friends

In 2015 and 2016, Chuckanut Health Foundation invested more than $800,000 to advance the critical health needs of our community. This Annual Report highlights some of the programs and partners that strengthen and advance community health. By joining us in this work you are supporting: Healthy, Children, Youth & Families – Because our future depends on it; Healthy Living Grants – Even small lifestyle changes make a lifelong difference; Healthy Aging Initiatives – Because we all deserve aging options that support our independence, health and wellbeing; Community Emergency Service Response – Because being prepared can’t wait; Health Services Access & Capacity and Health Education & Scholarships – So caring professionals are there for you, your family and your community We are inspired by the programs and partners in our community that we work with daily to achieve a healthier Whatcom County and are grateful for the the friends and supporters […]

Two Feet, One Breath

Taking a moment to ground yourself with two feet firmly on the ground and breath before moving on to a task has been proven as an effective method of mindfulness. The “Two Feet, One Breath” technique was developed for physicians to take a moment to stop before entering an exam room. It allowed doctors an opportunity to think about the person on the other side of the door and be present. Unless you are well skilled in maintaining mindfulness throughout your day, we all find ourselves tending to one task while our minds are somewhere else or attempting to multitask on a consistent basis. These habits are universal. In the case of palliative care, the specialized care for people with serious illness, when the person’s medical care team, family and friends practice mindfulness it can result in a truly supportive environment. We are a culture of always looking for a cure when […]