The Salishan Community Health Advocates began their work in 2011 with the goal of improving the health of their neighborhood from within. The 2015 Year End Report details some of the findings, accomplishments and successes of the program.
Mapping Trauma Informed Projects
Projects Around Washington State
With your help, we are continuing to build a map of projects and programs around the state that are transforming health norms by reducing and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or furthering the work of other resilience and trauma-informed practices. Our special thanks go out to Tory Clarke Henderson at the Washington State Department of Health for contributing some additional data to the original round of data we collected at our Science of Hope conference in April. We also appreciate all of you who contributed data via our online survey.
All of this information is currently in draft form as we collect and curate it for broader sharing. We are intending to formalize the mapping project with its own website later this year to better advocate for this work and facilitate connections and information sharing. Please keep in mind that this a collaborative work-in-progress.
You can view the work-in-progress and add your contributions via these links:
The Prevention and Public Health Fund is a critical source of funding that has been threatened during this year's congressional budget negotiations.
Referred to as "the Fund," it was created as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 but contains non-controversial programs that have been funded by CDC for decades and include vital activities such as the 317 Immunization Grant Program, the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, and programs to prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Creation of the Fund represents the first time in our nation's history that a dedicated source of prevention funding was established to improve the public's health. By law, the Fund must be used "to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public health care costs."
Since 2010, Washington State has received over $78 million from the Fund to improve the health of our residents. The Fund supports services and programs that allow health to be improved in communities, schools, workplaces and homes by supporting healthier lifestyles and eliminating obstacles to healthy life choices. This funding has enabled public health agencies to forge cross sector partnerships that exponentially expand the reach and effectiveness of prevention efforts, touching the lives of millions of Washingtonians every day.
For more on what the Prevention and Public Health Fund supports in Washington State, click on for the full Health Policy News You Can Use.
Investing in helping people quit tobacco
Changing the conditions in Pierce County that lead to poor health
Lasting changes in communities and health systems that make healthy choices more convenient and affordable
A return on investment in Southwest Washington
Olympic Peninsula health partners aim for healthier choices at every turn: work, school, health care - even the corner grocery store
Protecting the public from vaccine preventable diseases
A return on investment in North Central Washington
The Science of HOPE Workshop Materials for the workshop "Confronting Stereotypes & Mental Models: Increasing Community Capacity through Creation of Safe Space & Dialogue" presented by Dave Ellis.
Welcome to our wrap up edition of Health Policy News for the 2016 Legislative Session!
The Legislature adjourned Sine Die shortly before 11:00pm on March 29th on the 20th day of the special session. The House passed the supplemental operating budget on Tuesday afternoon with a vote of 78- 17. The Senate then voted on the budget Tuesday evening with a vote of 27-17. The supplemental operating budget will increase the $38.2 billion biennial budget by $191 million. The costs of last year's wildfires were covered by using $190 million from the state's "Rainy Day Fund." An additional $7 million was included to retain more teachers, $15 million for youth homelessness programs that pair with housing programs and $28 million to improve safety at Western State Hospital and other psychiatric hospitals. Access budget details here.
Prior to the Legislature adjourning Sine Die, both chambers overrode the 27 bills Governor Inslee had vetoed. As you will recall, the governor vetoed the bills to encourage the Legislature to come to agreement on a supplemental operating budget prior to the end of the regular 60 day session. After long negotiations, the Senate passed ESSB 6328, 'Concerning vapor products in respect to youth substance use prevention' on Monday, March 28th, followed by the House on Tuesday, March 29th. Advocates worked very hard to negotiate the best compromise to protect the public's health. The hard rule about the legislative process is we never get everything we want. When you are up against the powerful tobacco industry, it is very difficult. I call your attention to two articles in the "What we are reading section" about how the tobacco industry is deeply involved in safeguarding the ecigarette industry. Access an overview of ESSB 6328 here. Congratulation to the negotiators and advocates who have worked tirelessly on this issue!
So what comes next? Well, we will be sending out special issues of Health Policy News in the future. Watch for them this spring! Of course, we will also resume weekly issues of Healthy Policy News next January when the legislature convenes for the 2017 session.