Pin It
Favorite

In Brief 

by Cara Gardner


Healthy Competition -- Olympia, Wash. -- Governor Gary Locke recently singed a proclamation declaring Sept. 18 as Washington Health Day, subsequently kicking off the Healthiest State in the Nation campaign. Sponsored by the Washington Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to solving the state's most pressing health care problems, the effort is a two-year campaign aimed at educating citizens about their health, the health care system and healthy living. More than 20 statewide organizations have endorsed the campaign.


"The campaign is an outgrowth of the health leadership summit we held last October in Seahawks Stadium. We had people [come from] all over the state, and we kept hearing that we need to have a way to educate and engage the greater public," says Piper Thornburgh, spokeswoman for the WHF.


Several institutions rank states according to health indexes, which are based on a number of determining factors that measure the overall health and health care of a state. Currently, Washington state ranks as the 11th- and 13th-healthiest state in the nation, according to the United Health Foundation and the Morgan Quitno organization, respectively. WHF wants to change the state's ranking to No. 1.


"It's going to take work on both ends," Thornburgh says, "not just eating more vegetables and walking. It's about understanding how the systems work together to improve health."





Building Futures -- SPOKANE -- This week, Home Depot employees have teamed up with YouthBuild Spokane, a local organization that helps 18- to 25-year-olds get construction training. To celebrate the company's 25th anniversary, Home Depot sent 25 employees to help YouthBuild Spokane with a housing project on the South Hill.


"[Home Depot volunteers] are doing everything from landscaping to vinyl siding, insulation, dry wall, taping and painting," says Anne Millane, director of the Center for School to Work at the Educational Service District 101, which coordinates YouthBuild Spokane. "They have donated $1,000 worth of tools to the program."


For the past two days, and through the end of today, Sept. 30, volunteers are working on a project on the corner of 35th and Regal.


YouthBuild Spokane has been funded since 2003 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program was originally created by the ESD 101's Spokane Service Team as a way to offer high school dropouts on-site training and classroom activities that lead to a GED or high school diploma. Recently, the program won a $640,000 grant


"We've had more than 600 young people serve a term of service and more than 260 housing projects -- a lot of those new homes," says Millane. Participants in YouthBuild Spokane receive the federal minimum wage while enrolled in the program, as well as health insurance, childcare assistance and food stamps. Upon completion of the program, they receive $4,725 for college or student loans.





Healing Power -- SPOKANE -- A diverse group of local religious leaders are teaming up to speak out against domestic violence next week. On Tuesday, Muslim, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, Jewish, Evangelical, Lutheran, Buddhist and Catholic leaders will engage in a panel discussion on how their different faiths can play a role in preventing domestic violence, supporting victims and shaping policy at the Interfaith Council's "Power of Faith: Liberating Domestic Violence Victims" workshop.


"We have great hope that as faith groups become ever more vocal against domestic violence, we will finally see this crisis ebb," says Sandi Thompson-Royer, director of the Interfaith Council's Circle of Caring Project.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Interfaith Council has worked for more than two years with the YWCA's Alternatives to Domestic Violence program, the Spokane County Violence Consortium and Cookies Retreat Center to put on this Interfaith Workshop.


The workshop will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr.), from 1 pm to 6:30 pm. The Keynote speaker will be Debra Adams, a survivor of domestic violence who is dedicated to education and prevention. A candlelight service will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 that evening. Registration is required for the daytime workshop; the candlelight service is free and open to the public, and childcare is provided.





To register for the Interfaith Workshop, call 329-1410.





Publication date: 09/30/04
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • This Isn't Normal
  • This Isn't Normal

    America has gone down this road before, and it's a dead end
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Incendiary Words
  • Incendiary Words

    Trail Mix: Trump's gifts to civics teachers everywhere
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Planetarium Show: Black Holes

Planetarium Show: Black Holes @ Spokane Falls Community College

Fri., Dec. 2, 6-7 & 7:30-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Cara Gardner

  • Pride or Prejudice?

    Jim West may have overcompensated for his closeted sexual identity by voting against gay rights legislation. But how are his fellow Republicans dealing with the news that the powerful conservative has admitted to sexual relationships with
    • Jul 8, 2005
  • Weapon of Mass Doubt

    Scott Ritter has been called "an honest man lost in Washington" by Forbes and "the most famous renegade Marine officer" by the New York Times. A former marine captain and the former chief weapons inspector for Unscom, the agency in charge
    • Jun 23, 2005
  • Plaintiffs Speak

    For many, the current hearings in the Washington Supreme Court regarding marriage equality are interesting side notes in the ongoing battle over the right of homosexuals to marry legally. But for Marge Ballack and Diane Lantz, two plaintif
    • Jun 23, 2005
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Darkest Before the Dawn

    This election has brought out the worst in too many Americans, but there's still an opportunity to deliver overdue justice
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


election 2016


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • A Culture of Support
  • A Culture of Support

    The season is ripe for compassionate change
    • May 13, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation