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WAHA and SHIBA offices have temporarily moved to the 1st floor of the 800 East Chestnut Building. Our temporary mailing address is 800 East Chestnut St Suite 1B Bellingham,
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WAHA is a nonprofit organization based in Bellingham, Washington whose mission is to connect people to health care and facilitate transformation of the current system into one that improves health, reduces cost and improves the experience of care.
WAHA is dedicated to promoting access to health care services for all members of our community. We do this by providing resources to those who need assistance getting health care or obtaining health insurance, providing information to elected officials and decision makers about health care policies, convening community stakeholders, and by facilitating the transformation of the health care system into one that honors and serves our entire community.

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Northwest Life Passages Coalition Community Conversations:
Outpatient Palliative Care

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, Meeting Room A, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

The  Northwest Life Passages Coalition invites you to participate in a community discussion about successes and challenges of Outpatient Palliative Care initiatives in our community.

In 2014, a community task force wrote a Blueprint that outlines steps we need to take to make Whatcom County a community of excellence for those with serious illness or facing death and their families.  This Blueprint has 5 pillars:  Advance Care Planning, Clinical Care, Provider Education, Community Education and Activation and Policy/Sustainability. 

The Northwest Life Passages Coalition has been given the responsibility of helping to implement this Blueprint.  As part of that goal, we are hosting community conversations about each pillar. Our intent is to share the progress that has been made, the challenges we still face and to listen to your ideas and concerns.

At this session, we will briefly share the current status of Outpatient Palliative Care as part of the Clinical Care pillar in our community and outline some new initiatives and challenges that still need to be addressed.  We hope to spend the bulk of the session exploring your ideas and concerns so that we can continue to make progress toward our goal of building a robust outpatient palliative care option for those in our community facing serious illness or death. 

Some possible topics we might explore together include:

What are challenges have you faced in accessing outpatient palliative care?

What are your concerns about outpatient palliative care, and what do you need for us to do this work better?

What creative ideas might you have for addressing the current constraints?

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Come volunteer with us!

WAHA is recruiting diverse volunteers for a community advance care planning project.

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join a team of trained and certified volunteers to offer advance care planning services throughout Whatcom County through our End of Life Choices program!

Volunteer Ambassadors and Facilitators are professionally trained to guide individuals and families in discussions of goals, values and beliefs for future health care decisions.


WAHA Sponsors Community Forum, “The Future of Affordable Care: Threats & Opportunities”

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