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May 11, 2017

Governor Has Summit on Career Connected Learning

Governor Jay Inslee will conduct a summit meeting with other educational leaders on May 31, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Washington State University Extension. To register go to http://www.washingtonstem.org/GovernorsSummit.

The summit will focus on providing more Washington State young people with real world career experiences.

 

May 2, 2017

Jefferson County Board of Health Honors 2017 Public Health Heroes

In celebration of National Public Health Month 2017, and in recognition of their efforts to promote community health, Jefferson County Public Health is proud to announce its 2017 Public Health Heroes. Seven recipients were honored at the April Board of Health meeting.

Teresa Hoffmann of the Port Townsend Athletic Club was honored with the Community Health Promotion award for her work welcoming and motivating people of all fitness levels to be  physically active in their daily lives. Teresa shares her knowledge, passion and certifications to get people moving. Additionally, Teresa volunteers to support high school sports teams through the SOS foundation that raises funds and increases awareness about scholarships for youth. She also runs senior seminars on living well with chronic conditions.

Local food retailers received the Business Merit award for promoting healthful food choices in the retail setting. They are: The Food Co-op and QFC were honored for policies that encourage parents to help children make healthful choices in the retail food setting by providing them with fruit while shopping. These policies help create an environment that increases consumption of fruits and vegetable among youth.

Safeway’s “Fruit & Vegetable Prescription program offers eligible SNAP (Food Stamps) participants prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. These prescriptions come in the form of $10 off voucher for fruit and vegetables when using SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) at Safeway. Participant can receive these vouchers when they participate in the YMCA Empowering Women for Wellness program. This program increases the amounts of fruits and vegetables that low income families take home to their dinner tables.

The YMCA is honored for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription partnership with Safeway. The partnership includes YMCA delivering Empowering Women for Wellness classes that include 30 minutes of walking and an hour of lessons on nutrition, menu planning, and cooking tips. New recipes are taste tested, relationships are formed among mothers, and regular physical activity is fostered through these weekly classes. Eligible participants receive prescription vouchers for fruit and vegetable to be used at Safeway. This is a joint project with Safeway and the YMCA and it originated from a grant written by Jefferson Healthcare’s Dr. Molly Parker.

The Jefferson County Farmers Market (JCFM) and Amanda Milholland received special recognition for identifying the struggle low income families have affording fresh produce and then working toward a resolution. The Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks are programs that encourage low income shoppers to buy fresh produce at the local farmers markets. Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks encourage WIC and SNAP participants to use their EBT cards or WIC/Senior Farmers Market checks to buy produce at the farmers market by offering matching funds, leveraging their WIC or SNAP benefits and increasing their buying power, resulting in increased affordability of fruits and vegetables. .

Programs that increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and daily physical activity work to move us closer to achieving JeffersonCounty chronic disease prevention goals.

Also receiving special recognition is Linda Atkins, JCPH On-site sewage/Operation and Maintenance Inspections programs. Linda is a knowledgeable and passionate public servant who works tirelessly to protect people’s health by protecting and ensuring the operational safety of on-site septic systems. Linda makes tough decisions while balancing the needs of homeowners with the requirements of the state and local regulatory framework.

 

April 4, 2017

Teen Artist Raises Funds for Dove House

Alora Remy is a teen with a conscience. The thirteen year-old Port Townsend native is donating 50 percent of her sales of paintings and crafts to Dove House. The art display is hung at Elevated Ice Cream in Port Townsend. It is on view through the month of April. Many are focused on natural subjects such as birds and fish and are produced with colored pencils or pastels.

 

April 4, 2017

Plane Crashes in Olympic Park

A private Cirrus SR22 plane crashed on Mount Jupiter in Olympic National Park on Sunday, April 2 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Two unidentified people suffered minor injuries. A Washington Air Search and Rescue helicopter and a Navy helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were directed to search for the craft. It was spotted after approximately two and half hours.

Rescuers took the survivors to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident. The rescue operation was conducted  through the efforts of the DOT, Olympic National Park, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, Washington Air Search and Rescue, and the U.S. Navy.

 

March 29, 2017

CEA Sponsors a new Lecture Series

Community Enrichment Alliance (CEA) brings you “Memory and the Human Lifespan” a nine-week Great Course Lecture Series at the Bay Club starting on Wednesday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. The first Wednesday in both May and June will start at 3:00 p.m., but all other weeks will start at 2:30 p.m. All nine sessions end at 5:00 p.m.

Fee for the series, which runs through June 7, is $10 ($15 for couples).
Registration/Information:  Call June at 360-302-1037 or email lajudemers@cablespeed.com

 

March 22, 2017

Chimacum Prevention Coalition , Jefferson County Library and Port Townsend Film Festival to Host Film Drawing the Tiger 

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The public is invited Monday, April 10, 5:30 – 8:00, at the Jefferson CountyLibrary, to a screening and discussion, led by film director Amy Benson, of the film Drawing the Tiger, which is a featured film in the PTFF Women and Film weekend. This presentation is sponsored by the Chimacum Prevention Coalition (CPD), the Jefferson County Library, the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF), and the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

According to Denise Banker, Chimacum Prevention Coalition Coordinator, “[W]hen young people feel unsupported and alienated, or when they feel they’re the family’s only hope, it creates a lot of stress and pressure that can easily manifest a variety of behaviors – poor school performance, alcohol and other drug use, depression, suicide ideation. It’s important for whole communities to know young people need our support and acceptance. We need to know how to support youth, to keep them from engaging in behaviors that will negatively impact their future success and happiness. This film asks us to think about that. The conversation it generates will move us toward solutions.”

Throughout the autumn and winter, community groups and agencies have sponsored various events focused on this conversation. In September, Juvenile Court Services/Guardian ad Litem sponsored a Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience (NEAR) event at which community leaders discussed ways to recognize Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promote resilience among our community’s youth. In January, the Chimacum Elementary and Middle Schools hosted an Adverse Childhood Experiences training given by Alyson Rotter of Educational Service District 114. In February CPC and the ChimacumHigh School, along with PTFF, hosted a public screening of the film UnSlut. In March, The Benji Project hosted an evidence-based Mindfulness Self-Compassion retreat that introduced “Making Friends with Yourself” teen program. “The Benson film continues these conversations,” Banker said.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, which are common across socio-economic boundaries, are extremely stressful events that happen to children as they grow up. The research reflects the progressive nature of adversity and its deleterious effects on physiology. Our sense of safety, community and familial connectedness, trust and happiness are all impacted negatively by our adverse childhood experiences. Adverse or traumatic experiences in childhood can cause our stress chemicals to stay at high alert, leading to long periods of engaged “fight or flight” chemicals in our bodies. This heightened chemical response in the sympathetic system is linked to multiple chronic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and addiction disorders.

The Chimacum Prevention Coalition’s (CPC) aim and mission is to unite youth, families, and agencies in support of healthy youth in Chimacum and throughout EastJeffersonCounty by improving community connectedness, strengthening families, and preventing early initiation to alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. Its work is focused on improving school performance and mental / behavioral health, on helping youth avoid delinquency, and on assisting youth in laying a foundation for healthy choices. All of its activities are designed to be free, accessible, and widely promoted in the community.

For information about the Chimacum Prevention Coalition, visit the Jefferson County Public Health website at http://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/index.php?c-p-c

 

March 20, 2017

Online Community Produce Market Opens

On March 21, 2017 an online community marketplace for local, homegrown produce launched in Port Townsend. To access the market go to www.veggievinder.com. Users can list and discover delicious produce being grown in their own communities on this site.

The startup is bootstrapped by the founder and CEO, Sam Lillie, a group fitness instructor at the Port Townsend Athletic club. The idea was begun on foot and bicycle operation in July of 2016 for $18.56. Within the first three months, over 300 pounds of produce was exchanged between community members.

The vender aims to strengthen communities across the nation, both economically and nutritionally by promoting a transparent, sustainable agricultural system and making it accessible to people everywhere.