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. […]

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 […]

April brings tulips and SAAM

If you have been feeling like we have this spring (cold, soggy, ready for more than two days in a row of sunshine) perhaps you have also welcomed the warmth of fresh cut flowers into your office. Vibrant tulips in April, especially on gray days, bring a form of clarity and reassurance that summer is on its way. April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and at Chuckanut Health Foundation we are committed to the sexual violence public health approach to reduce the affects of sexual violence in our community. We believe we can all have a role in preventing sexual violence by promoting a norm of consent and respect. When we collectively hold attitudes, and values that consent is the norm, we can decrease the likelihood of sexual violence behavior in our community. Recently, we came across a study that shows high awareness among U.S. Adults on what constitutes Sexual Assault. The study […]

Of all the hours this was the happiest!

Yesterday, we celebrated our 2016 grant recipients with a happy hour gathering. What a turn out it was! The room was filled with supportive, collaborative and passionate individuals who through their organizations work tirelessly for community health. We believe that time is our greatest resource, how we spend it and with who we spend it really matters. The gathering yesterday reaffirmed that belief. Connections were made, potential collaborations were developed and some professional and social circles grew. Some conversations would have been difficult to arrange or potentially never never taken place at all. Our intention for the gathering was three fold. First and foremost, to celebrate the programs of our grantee partners that strengthen and advance individual and community health. Second, to facilitate networking and collaboration building. Third, to promote a better understanding of what type of programs we fund and what connections exist. Our 2016 grants supported six different focus areas: Healthy Children, Youth & Families; Healthy Living; Healthy […]

Homelessness on Winter Solstice, longest night of the year

As you know, December 21st marks the first day of Winter, the Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year and longest night of the year. This day can be a day of celebration for many knowing that tomorrow starts the beginning of days with more sun, as the sun will begin to set a little later each day. For others, the longest night of the year can be difficult. In an effort to bring about awareness to homelessness the National Health Care for the Homeless Council has called on constituents to organize a memorial service on December 21st to remember those that have died due to homelessness. The Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness will host our local candlelight vigil at Bellingham City Hall at 5pm tonight. Whatcom County currently has 719 individuals experiencing homelessness. There are a number of local non-profits that are working towards bringing about awareness, […]