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CRITICAL FIRST INITIATIVES

The Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition is working to address critical challenges to sustainable healthcare in our community.
Our initial efforts are focused on two bookends of the healthcare spectrum: youth activity and palliative care. We are engaging leaders from across our community to develop local solutions to a national crisis.

 

Gear Up & Go!

Gear Up & Go! is an exciting county-wide initiative designed to be fun and encourage students to be more active and foster a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

This local initiative was created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition with school district superintendents and a county-wide working group of district teachers, health and physical education professionals.

The Aim: Reverse the decline of youth activity levels, starting with our own local fifth-grade students.

 

Palliative Care/Advance Care Planning

Palliative Care is specialized medical care and treatment for people with serious or life-threatening illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stresses of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis.

Advance Care Planning is a critical first step to ensure people get care in line with their personal values when facing life threatening illness. A pioneering community-based education initiative is underway in Snohomish County, created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition together with churches, YMCAs, senior centers, medical groups and a talented network of volunteers with specialized training. Jointly, this dynamic group of dedicated people is educating other doctors and patients and their families countywide.

The Aim: Improve the quality of life—physical, emotional and spiritual—for both patients and their families.