When it comes to health, not all zip codes are created equal.Read More
"Fifth, allow these events change you. They have the potential to make you a better, wiser, more compassionate, more patient and more reflective person. Maybe even someone who can make a difference on behalf of others. Trust me on this one. Been there. Done this."Read More
At CHAS health clinics in Spokane, more than 50% of patients reported using tobacco, meaning half of their patients were at risk for tobacco-related death or illness. So CHAS launched their two-year cessation program Quit Happens.Read More
A 42-year-old Marshallese gentleman was referred from the ER. He was suffering from a very painful tooth on his lower jaw. He and his family recently moved to Spokane to include children, ages 18, 17, 11 and 9. The entire family is Apple Health eligible and this man needed emergent dental care for himself and to establish his children and wife with a local dental provider.Read More
The initial visit to the ER doesn’t always mean the dental patient will accept the resources offered the first time. In the case of a 31-year-old woman with right and left lower teeth pain who was referred from the ER to the DENT Program, she received antibiotics and her abscess appeared to have cleared. However, pain and abscesses almost always return with a vengeance.
Unfortunately, the woman did not return DENT calls with offers of dental appointments the next day. DENT staff continued to call and text and even mailed a letter, reminding her that she was Apple Health eligible and that the insurance would pay for her dental care. Still no response.
A little over a month later, she called in pain with a very swollen face. She was newly pregnant and very ill and needed emergency dental care. She was very concerned about the pain and swelling but even more worried about the possible effect on her unborn child. In crisis, she became motivated to call. Luckily, she kept the DENT phone number.
Both the Unify and CHAS Clinics (FQHCs) offer immediate dental appointments to pregnant women because they are committed to assisting in any way to ensure healthy births. DENT staff was able to schedule the woman the following day with the Unify Clinic for emergency dental care.
The woman stated, “I am so thankful you did not give up on me after not calling back last month. I was in a bad situation and just couldn’t think about my teeth. I started to feel better and I thought the tooth problem was over. I was so wrong.”
A free immunization clinic will be hosted during this year’s Festival of Trees. Children who bare a sleeve for their MMR, HepB, Polio, Diphtheria, Pertussis or Varicella vaccines will receive 5 raffle tickets for their troubles and pokes.Read More
I love Spokane. My family and I feel blessed to live in a place that is filled with beautiful landscape, amazing people and an independent spirit that makes things possible. There is a secret sauce in Eastern Washington that makes our Accountable Community of Health work. We are not waiting to be told what to do; we are making it happen.Read More
Behavioral health conditions, including mental illness and substance use disorders, are widespread among Medicaid’s high-need, high-cost recipients, many of whom also have chronic physical conditions.Read More