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Due to water damage from flooding, WAHA and SHIBA offices have moved to the 1st floor of the 800 East Chestnut Building.

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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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It’s never too early, but it can be too late to prepare an advance care healthcare directive. To attract and reward the youngest audience for this critical issue, five $1500 college scholarships door prizes will be awarded to Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University students attending the March 21 event (current student ID required). Other door prizes include admission for 6-8 winners to The Upfront Theater.

End-of-life planning isn’t only for the elderly -- it’s for everyone over 18-YO 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?

Addressing such big questions needn’t be a dreary exercise, it can be entertaining and even fun for the whole family, says event organizer Micki Jackson. 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.

Planning ahead ensures we are not robbed of those meaningful end-of-life conversations. 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.

These house calls save money for EMS, social services

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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