Dr. Geyman tackles healthcare crisis in new book

Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good, published this month by John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, discusses the issues currently being debated in Congress. This book takes a 60-year view of our health care system, from 1956-2016, from the perspective of a family physician who lived through those years in two rural communities, including Friday Harbor, and as a professor of family medicine in medical schools, a journal editor and researcher/writer about health care for over four decades.

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Market Bucks program provides funds to shop at Farmers Markets

San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks Program provides additional dollars for families participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program, and women participating in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, to spend at the Farmers Market this summer.

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PHD votes to help fund Planned Parenthood

By a vote of three to one with one San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioner absent, the PHD approved a resolution that gives $40,000 of tax revenue to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood. The impetus behind the move to help fund PP, was due to religiously-based restrictions on reproductive healthcare available through Peace Health Peace Island Medical Center. PHD negotiated with PIMC to get back $50,000 a year for two years to be used for needs that aren't covered through PIMC.

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Free Willy's connection to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood

Finding funding for projects sometimes requires extra creativity. That was the case in the 90s  when Planned Parenthood was in need of funding for a clinic in Friday Harbor. StudioCanal Regency Enterprises was filming "Free Willy" in the bay by Florence Harrison's San Juan Island home. She had a long history of community action, and donated the fees she received from the production company. 

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