Highlights from First Lady Inslee's Visit on Oct. 21, 2015

Update:  Check out First Lady Inslee's Facebook post about her visit to Garfield Elementary!

First Lady Inslee and Spokane Public Schools Director of Nutrition Services Doug Wordell at Garfield Elementary.

First Lady Inslee and Spokane Public Schools Director of Nutrition Services Doug Wordell at Garfield Elementary.

First Lady Trudi Inslee came to Spokane on October 21st as part of Washington Nonprofits' Community Impact Project.  Empire Health Foundation was honored to host Mrs. Inslee and showcase how two of Governor Inslee's signature health initiatives -- Healthiest Next Generation and Healthier Washington -- are being implemented locally.

Mrs. Inslee started the day at Garfield Elementary in Spokane Public Schools where she learned about Spokane Public Schools' effort to bring scratch cooking to eight of its elementary schools.  At Garfield, Mrs. Inslee heard about how this launch built off of success in the Cheney School District under the leadership of their Superintendent Dr. Deb Clemens.  Mrs. Inslee enjoyed a delicious meal with a smart and inquisitive group of sixth graders.  A huge thanks to Garfield and Spokane Public Schools for hosting the First Lady.

In the afternoon, Mrs. Inslee joined with leaders of community nonprofits at the Philanthropy Center to discuss Eastern Washington's multi-sector efforts to achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better care at lower costs.  A particular highlight was hearing from Better Health Together Community Health Worker Georgie Tarrant about her tireless work to connect chronically homeless and medical fragile members of our community to housing and other needed services.  

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Thanks to Washington Nonprofits for your leadership in this effort and Mrs. Inslee for coming to Spokane!