Need for high school clinic supplies

UPDATE:THANKS TO YOUR EFFORTS

THIS HAS BEEN FUNDED!

The cause: Jefferson’s Public Health clinics have an opportunity to replace ancient equipment with refurbished items at a bargain basement rate, for which they have no budget.

When students need counseling or help with family planning products, human papillomava virus (HPV) vaccinations, testing for sexually transmitted disease (STDs), and other more routine health problems, these services are provided discreetly and with great care by specially trained Public Health (PH) nurses. No other state high schools on the Olympic Peninsula provide these essential services. Jefferson County PH runs on a shoestring budget, always a little short of their needs.

You can help, now.

Our new project is local, but critical to getting appropriate health care to un-insured or under-insured Public Health patients, especially those in the high school clinics.

The goal is to raise $3k so they can acquire a new exam table (the current one is still in use but is dangerous and uncomfortable for large people) and replace a very old autoclave that is used to sterilize IUD insertion packs and reusable speculums. Normally, these items would cost many thousands of dollars, but PH connected with a company that refurbishes equipment so that it sells for a more reasonable price. These deals are only available this summer.

The best part is – you can donate to this cause through Public Health directly. (see below) and your contribution is tax-deductible.

Generous local donors have already raised $10k for the Greater Northwest Planned Parenthood last fall. Now, let’s help our local family planning providers.  Send your donation to:

School-based clinic supplies

J.C.P.H. – 615 Sheridan, PT, WA 98368

Thank you for supporting Port Townsend’s family planning services for women and girls.

Please send your check as soon as possible.

 

 

 

EVENT: Planned Parenthood Centennial Celebrating over 100 years of clinical health services for women and families

Here’s hoping that the people in the county can put aside their issues over the election for Hospital Commissioner and come together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood. If you cannot make it to the event and still want to support the work of Planned Parenthood, your donation will be very appreciated! There is a place on the link below to either buy tickets or just donate (or both!). This event is not affiliated with any campaign. It’s about celebrating the work Planned Parenthood has done on the Olympic Peninsula and across the country.

Saturday, Oct. 21st, 2-5PM

Oscar Erickson Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds
4907 Landes St, Port Townsend, WA

Link to tickets or donations

Featuring:
Inspirational speakers
Birthday Cake!
Live music and dancing!

Each ticket holder will receive a coupon for a beverage of choice including; beer, wine, cider or a non-alcoholic drink. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. The bar will be hosted by the Dove House.

Special Thanks to our event sponsors and partners:
Planned Parenthood
Dove House Advocacy Services
Finnriver Cider
Jefferson County Public Health
Midnight Train Blues Band
The Norns
Thunderbull Productions

This event is independently produced on behalf of Planned Parenthood and is not a Planned Parenthood hosted event.

More information at:
https://thunderbullproductions.com/plannedparenthoodcentennial.html

For inquires contact:
Daniel Milholland
360-385-0519
daniel@thunderbullproductions.com

POINT OF VIEW: The Peninsula’s dental health emergency – PDN

By Dr. Michael Maxwell
ACROSS THE STATE and in the North Olympic Peninsula, low-income people are facing an oral health crisis.
Simply put, there are not enough clinics and providers to serve them.
In Clallam County, only 22 percent of adults on Medicaid and just 41 percent of children on Medicaid received dental care in 2015.
In the same year in Jefferson County, only 12.7 percent of adults on Medicaid and just 37 percent of children on Medicaid received dental care.
This is not a cosmetic luxury but a serious health concern that is taking a huge toll on our communities.
Many health care advocates are urging our state Legislature to address this crisis.
 
Read the rest of the story at:
Dr. Michael Maxwell is a family physician and CEO of the North Olympic Healthcare Network, a ­federally qualified community health center in Port Angeles.
He lives in Port Angeles.

The Heroism Of Incremental Care – Atul Gawande- The New Yorker

Another great piece by Atul Gawande. A must read for hospital administrators and commissioners.

We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/23/the-heroism-of-incremental-care

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County offers workshops for survivors – PDN

PORT ANGELES — Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County is kicking off the new year with its biannual series, “Survivors Workshops: Practical Advice for Living Alone.”

The first of four workshops will be Jan. 18. They will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays at the Hospice House at 810 S. Albert St., behind the hospice office on Eighth Street in Port Angeles.

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/volunteer-hospice-of-clallam-county-offers-workshops-for-survivors/

Huge, free health clinic running again this week at Seattle Center – Seattle Times

Yes, you don’t need to live in Seattle to take advantage of this four day free clinic. You just have to have patience and a way to get there. No just medical but dental care given as well.

The Seattle/King County Clinic, held at KeyArena, will offer free medical, vision and dental care to more than 4,000 people Thursday-Sunday. No identification or proof of residence or citizenship is required, but people are advised to arrive early and be prepared to wait.

Read the whole story before heading down to Seattle.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/huge-free-health-clinic-running-again-this-week-at-seattle-center/