EHF's Responsive & Rural Aging Grants Cycles Closing April 28th

EHF's Service Region

The Responsive and Rural Aging Responsive Grants programs are currently open  and will close April 28th at 5:00 PM. 
 
The Responsive program is designed to address one-timeemergent needs in our service area, Any nonprofit can apply for up to $15,000Additionally, our Rural Aging Responsive program provides up to $15,000 of funding for a broad range of one-time projects designed to help adults age 60 and over live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity.
 
Click here to access our online application form. The list of projects awarded in 2016 can be accessed here. We are also available for informational meetings if you would like to brainstorm your ideas.
 

Contact Christina Kamkosi or Jeri Rathbun with any questions.


Christina Kamkosi
Program Coordinator
christina@empirehealthfoundation.org
509-919-3042
 
Jeri Rathbun
Program Coordinator
jeri@empirehealthfoundation.org
509-919-3047

The 2017 Cycle for Responsive and Rural Aging Responsive Grants is Open Now Through April 28th

Our 2017 cycle for the Responsive and Rural Aging Responsive Grants opens April 3rd to April 28th. This year, the applications for these two programs will be open at the same time.
 
The Responsive program is designed to address one-timeemergent needs in our seven counties, and any nonprofit serving our region can apply for up to $15,000Additionally, our Rural Aging Responsive program provides up to $15,000 of funding for a broad range of one-time projects designed to help adults age 60 and over live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity.

Our region includes the counties of Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman, as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel and Spokane Tribal Reservations.
 
Online applications for the 2017 cycle will be available on our website on Monday, April 3rd. Click here to visit our website and view the list of projects awarded in 2016. We are also available for informational meetings if you would like to brainstorm your ideas.
 

Contact Christina Kamkosi or Jeri Rathbun with any questions.


Christina Kamkosi
Program Coordinator
christina@empirehealthfoundation.org
509-919-3042
 
Jeri Rathbun
Program Coordinator
jeri@empirehealthfoundation.org
509-919-3047

Empire Health Foundation Approves MultiCare acquisition of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals

empire.png

March 15, 2017 – (Spokane, WA) – The Empire Health Foundation (EHF) Board of Directors recently voted to approve MultiCare’s acquisition of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals from Community Health Systems (CHS) by waiving their First Right of Refusal (ROFR).  When the two hospitals were acquired by CHS in 2008, EHF was assigned the ROFR for any future sale of the two hospitals by CHS. Under the terms of the agreement, EHF had 60 days to determine whether to waive the right or seek another buyer of the hospitals.

“We were given this authority, because EHF represents the community’s interest in the 2008 sale of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals and in subsequent transactions.  We take the responsibility very seriously.  We have done extensive due diligence looking at all options and have determined that MultiCare is presently the best option to ensure that the public continues to benefit from the original charitable mission of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals,” said EHF President Antony Chiang.

“We are very pleased with the strong support of Empire Health Foundation for our acquisition of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals and look forward being an active and trusted partner in the Spokane region," stated MultiCare's President & CEO, Bill Robertson.  "As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is Partnering for Healing and a Healthy Future, and we are excited about working with our new Rockwood Health System team members to bring our mission to life in meaningful ways for the people and communities of Eastern Washington.”

“MultiCare’s mission and values reflect Spokane’s and they are excellent partners withhealthcare providers and charitable organizations.  We look forward to collaborating with MultiCare as we work to become the healthiest region in the state,” concluded Chiang. 

The Debate Over the Legalization of Dental Therapists Continues

An increasing number of states are legalizing dental therapists. Currently they have varying degrees of legal status in Minnesota, Vermont and Alaska, a growing number of other states are in the legal process of considering it, while more are still in the discussion phase.  

So, what exactly are dental therapists? 

Dental therapists have mid-level qualifications that place them above dental hygienists and below full-fledged dentists. They also take the same licensing test as dentists, they just take a shorter version.

Dental therapists are trained to do everyday low-risk operations such as fillings, temporary crowns and extractions. 

Currently, only 40% of dentists in the U.S. currently accept Medicaid coverage.

Proponents argue that legalizing dental therapists increases the number of dental professionals qualified to do these common procedures, thereby expanding accessibility for people with lower incomes or on federal assistance programs. 

On the other hand, opponents of the program are weary of potential lower levels in quality of care. 

While Minnesota has completely legalized dental therapists, a number of states that have legalized or are considering legalizing them conditionally. For instance, in Vermont, dental therapists can only legally work under the supervision of dentists. Massachusetts legislation is proposing that dental therapists would only be allowed to work on Medicaid recipients or in counties with a lack of sufficient dentists. 

Dental therapy legislation was first introduced in Washington in 2011 and has been brought forth every year since.  

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/the-debate-to-legalize-dental-therapists-881217603775

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/the-debate-to-legalize-dental-therapists-881217603775