Spring Update

Tulip fields are blooming and easter eggs have been found!

Happy Spring in the PNW!

How can it be? Tulip fields are blooming and easter eggs have been found! I love the vibrant colors, fresh smells and the gentle warmth of the sun returning longer days. A time to showcase nature’s renewal and an opportunity/reminder for us to do the same – rejuvenate our minds, bodies, and spirits.

Here at PIHC we are working away on our refreshed 2024 goals, after revamping our overall strategic plan last year. We are well into several budding and blooming projects!

Did you know that Relationships & Social Connections are the third most impactful indicator on our county’s overall well-being score? You can find out more in our recent blog post. In addition to preparing to launch our 2024 Snohomish County Annual Health and Well-being Monitor (HWBM), we are facilitating a joint Community Health Needs Assessment for the North Puget Sound service area, which will include Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, and Swedish Edmonds this year.  Learn about PIHC Health and Well-being Monitor or Providence Community Health Needs Assessments.

We are growing our efforts to serve as a hub, connecting people and communities to information and community resources that directly reflect the whole health needs of our community. www.Livewelllocal.org is a community ‘sourced’ online resource hub and where our community can easily find and share local community resources that nurture health and well-being. We are excited to continue with several engagement strategies, including our quarterly LiveWellLocal.org Newsletter

In addition, we enjoyed such fantastic participation and connections, hosting the Edge of Amazing Well-being Conference in person last year, we are ready to do it again! Please save the date for the tenth annual Edge of Amazing on Tuesday, October 1st, 2024

Registration for Edge of Amazing is now open. Click here to register.

Other highlights this year will be continued partnerships, especially health education/promotion outreach post COVID-19. There are many returning and new local community events! We are looking forward to increasing connections with a wide array of Providence Swedish services lines each with their specific focus and area of interest. Collectively, we promote awareness of key health information and prevention messages throughout our diverse communities. Learn more about community health education/promotion outreach.

I am sure your world is bursting with activities also – work, family, friends, life routines, and hopefully some fun adventures. This spring let’s re-energize our to do list in a way that nurture’s well-being for ourselves and others. Both April and May observe focused Mental Health Awareness months. Let’s embrace mindful moments, prioritize mental well-being, nourish body and soul with healthy foods and get outside! Find a local farmer’s market in your area and check out some great local parks or trails

You can find or share a variety of national mental health & well-being resources at Providence Well-being Trust – Mental Health Resources.

Spring is a season of transformation and growth.  Take a moment each day to pause, breathe deeply, and appreciate the beauty around you and encourage others to do the same.

Warm regards,
Jess Burt

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