Representatives of 72 Organizations Pledge to Help County Get Healthy

72 Organizations Pledge to Get County Healthy

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2016 Edge of Amazing conference connects people, ideas and resources

Approximately 400 people from organizations, non-profits and companies across Snohomish County and beyond packed the Tulalip Resort on Sept. 9 for the second At the Edge of Amazing health summit — Connecting Neighborhood to Nation to Improve Community and Population Health.

The event got off to a strong start with Drs. Patrick O’Carroll and Karen DeSalvo who shared a national perspective on healthcare issues, while praising and encouraging the ambitious health and well-being initiatives underway right here in Snohomish County.

Keynote speakers Dr. Fania Davis (restorative justice expert) and Dr. Richard Jackson (urban planning expert) inspired and challenged the audience to reflect on their views of relationships and social justice, and healthy community planning, respectively.

And summit attendees chose from a robust lineup of breakout sessions, including: the full employer costs of health, preparing for affordable housing needs, paying for value to improve population health, and a look at the local multi-modal movement.

Congratulations to our 2016 ChangeMaker recipients Miriam Vargas (individual winner), and Beck’s Place of Monroe (organization winner)!
A special thanks to our partners, the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition and Healthier Washington for making this event possible, and to the Tulalip Tribes for their generosity as our title sponsor.

Save the date for the third annual At the Edge of Amazing health summit: Sept. 19, 2017 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

May Featured Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and stroke Awareness Month here are some local Mental Health and Stroke Support Resources you can find on and on our Facebook page.

ImHurting Crisis Chat

ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound region. Their mission is to help people by providing online emotional support during times of crisis. Everyone is welcome to talk about what’s causing them to feel pain. Crisis Counselors will listen to you without judgment, and help you feel cared about and safe. You can expect the Crisis Counselor to help you explore your feelings, come up with some coping strategies, and focus on your personal safety. This is a safe place to talk about what’s troubling you – including suicide. 

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It is a public education and prevention tool that connects people with care for and improves knowledge of mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid USA is taught by certified instructors. Classes are taught at the Compass Health Federal Avenue Campus in Everett open to the community, by contract and by contract at your site. Class size is 12 to 30 participants. 

The Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group is specifically designed to offer you and your caregivers, family and friends the opportunity to talk with other stroke survivors and learn how to make the most life after stroke. We know you have many questions. This group is led by fellow stroke survivors who offer insights into what they have learned and helpful tips they have gained, all in an open and friendly environment. The Stroke Support Group meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at the Medical Office Building adjacent to the Hospital in the St. Helens Room. For questions, please contact Lisa Shumaker at 425-404-6842.

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