Spokesman stories on aging in Ferry County

Spokesman Review journalist Erica Curless, who writes the weekly "BoomerU" feature, wrote a beautiful article on aging in remote Ferry County that ran in the June 28 edition of the paper.  Read the full article here, or click below to download a PDF.

The newest part of the Foundation's work to improve health outcomes in Eastern Washington is focused on helping rural seniors gain access to services that preserve their independence and dignity while aging in their own communities.  We are working with nonprofit partners in our neighboring rural counties (including Ferry County) to develop programs to connect rural elders to services such as health coaching and group education opportunities, with two main goals: to improve participants' feeling of control over their own health, and to decrease unnecessary emergency service utilization.  Stay tuned for more updates on the Rural Aging Services Initiative, our newest grant making program!

Update:  Definitely take a look at this article which ran as the June 29 Boomer U story as well, which features some of our nonprofit partners working to support healthy aging in the Tri-Counties!

EHF Board Chair Matt Layton on Eastern Washington's psychiatrist shortage

Care In Crisis, by Lael Henterly.  Article originally posted June 17, 2015 on

Care In Crisis, by Lael Henterly.  Article originally posted June 17, 2015 on

EHF Board Chair Matt Layton was featured on the Inlander website this past Wednesday in Lael Henterley's article "Care in Crisis" describing the psychiatrist shortage in Eastern Washington.  According to Dr. Layton, "We have patients, they have money, they have insurance.  They still can't get care. Our private practitioners are booked three months out."

Part of our work with the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium, a partnership with Washington State University Spokane and Providence Health Care aimed at growing medical residencies by 60% in our region, is expanding psychiatry residencies.

Better Health Together Op-Ed on Oral Health Innovation

Originally published June 6, 2015 in the Spokesman Review.

More than 60 community and health leaders recently met in Spokane to discuss how to implement the state Board of Health’s recommendations to improve oral health in Washington.

It makes sense to have this conversation in Spokane because our community has long been home to tenacious problem solvers who have a history of developing innovative oral health programs that improve the lives of families in our region and beyond.

For example, when we became fed up with the rampant tooth decay in low-income children, Spokane launched Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) in 1995. Now operating in all 39 counties in Washington and recognized nationally, ABCD has helped connect children in low-income families to dental care with trained, caring dentists.

EHF partner Rogers High School is moving the needle on graduation rates

Image courtesy Colleen Kirsten/Spokesman Review

Image courtesy Colleen Kirsten/Spokesman Review

Our friends at the Spokesman Review released a great story on how our partner Rogers High School is working to increase graduation rates.  In addition to moving to trauma-informed practices both inside and outside the classroom, Rogers has implemented multi-prong strategies to reduce truancy and offer alternative supports to struggling students.  Rogers goes beyond the classroom by partnering with local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane.  In combination with Ferris, North Central, Lewis and Clark, and Shadle Park High Schools, Spokane Public Schools boasts a higher graduation rate than the state average!

Read the full article from the Spokesman to learn more about these exciting results!