March 29: Medical Providers Roundtable at Eastsound Firehall

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents a Medical Providers Roundtable from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Eastsound Firehall. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about current systems and how a public hospital district will affect Orcas Island. Presenters include representatives from: Orcas Family Health Center, Orcas Fire and Rescue, Orcas Medical Foundation, UW Clinic on Orcas.

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Updated: Live streaming of PHD meetings ends in April; audio recordings to be posted online

Three years ago, San Juan County Council member Bob Jarman offered the county Public Hospital District #1 board the use of the Legislative Hearing room and the county's live streaming video system for the PHD's monthly meetings. Council Clerk Ingrid Gabriel volunteered to operate the recording equipment. It was assumed this arrangement was a temporary solution to a request from the public for more transparency about and easier access to PHD board operations.

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Respite vouchers available for unpaid family caregivers

The Department of Social and Health Services has announced the continuation of vouchers for unpaid family caregivers to receive respite through a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living. Respite services provide caregivers access to another trained professional so they can have some time away from caregiving. One of the goals of the grant is to increase respite service options tailored to the needs of survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their caregivers and to the needs of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).

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Full Universal Healthcare Study Released for I-1600

Whole Washington, a grassroots group dedicated to getting universal healthcare passed in Washington state, has just published the complete funding study performed by Dr. Gerald Friedman (Economist, University of Massachusetts, Amherst). This historic funding study demonstrates Washington State will save billions of dollars annually by passing a universal healthcare system.

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March 20: How San Juan Island Fits Into the #MeToo Conversation

SAFE San Juans is sponsoring a forum: How San Juan Island Fits Into the #MeToo Conversation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Mullis Center in Friday Harbor. 
 
Presenters and forum members include abuse survivors, county leaders, law enforcement, and SAFE San Juans staff. Your voice is needed in the facilitated conversation too. This event is free. 
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PHD attorney says quorum issue is a "gray area"

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Commission's attorney Richard Davis said, "Issue we have had recently is you know quite honestly a bit of a gray issue, it really is. He was referring to the questions raised in the media after Commissioners J Michael Edwards and Mark Schwinge communicated about filling the two vacancies on the board outside of an open meeting. The district has stated two members can communicate since it is a five-member board (even though two of the seats were vacant) and two is not a quorum. The district is also saying that the board can take action by a 2-1 vote.
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SJI PHD meets Feb. 26 and 28

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a Special Meeting/Worksession from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.

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