Past Events

05/17/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Spring 2019 Palliative Care Conference will focus on ways to address the totality of the patient’s relational existence—physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual. 

REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN (see button at the bottom of the page).  On-line registration closes at midnight on May 15th.  Any late comers can register at the conference.

CME - This activity meets the criteria for up to 6 hours of Category I CME credit. These credits are often accepted by many professional organizations.  Please check with your own professional association to determine applicability to the continuing education requirements for your own license.  (See full Accreditation Statement below)

Conference keynote speakers will provide discussion with embedded case studies to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of palliative care, and break out sessions will provide a chance to explore some other topics in depth.  The conference is still being planned, but current confirmed sessions include

Keynote Speakers

Casey Shillam, PhD, MSN, RN – Treating the Whole Person.  Dean, School of Nursing, University of Portland. Shillam will present a model for thinking about holistic care.

Jennifer Kett, MD - Pediatric Palliative Care: Treating the Whole Infant, Child, or Teen.  Kett specializes in complex critical care, working as part of an interdisciplinary team at Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma that provides family-centered care for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. She will address the special challenges of working with critically children and youth.

Arika Patneaude, MSW, LICSW - Embracing Cultural Humility in Palliative Care.  Patneaude is part of the interdisciplinary team at Children's Hospital and will help us explore how cultural perspectives and beliefs intersect with access to and implementation of palliative care. 

Break-Out Sessions

Not If But When: Books for Young People about Death and Loss:  Thom Barthelmess, Youth Services Director, Whatcom County Library; Sylvia Tag, Curator, Children’s Literature Collection, Western Washington University Libraries  & Marie Eaton, Community Champion, Palliative Care Institute.

Children who are facing a serious illness or have experienced a death in their family can be reassured by stories of other children who have had a similar experience. These stories help them understand better what has happened in their own family while at the same time offering the comforting knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings. In this session we will explore how books provide a way to begin these conversations, giving the child permission to talk about death and communicating that we are interested in her feelings and questions.

There Is Always Hope: The Essence of Spiritual Care: Tessie Mandeville, Chaplain, PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center

The Healing Power of Music in Palliative Care: Linda Allen, DM, Certified Medical Musician, Hospice of the Northwest.

Special Considerations for Adolescents & Children​: Jennifer Kett, MD 

Honoring a Family’s Goals about a Meaningful Life and Death: A case study: Lauren Schmidt, MSW, LICSW, palliative care consultant in the Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

 

REGISTRATION FEES (includes lunch, coffee and snacks)

Scholarships are available. Contact pci@wwu.edu

General

REGULAR

No CME

$80

Student

REGULAR

No CME

$50

General

REGULAR

with 6.0 CME

$105

Student

REGULAR

with 6.0 CME

$75

On-site registration will be space available at the REGULAR prices.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University. PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center designates this live [type of educational activity] activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

 

01/03/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 02/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 03/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 05/02/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many workshops are scheduled in the next few months to help you explore your own choices with trained facilitators to help you prepare your advance directive. As you may know, only about 30% of Americans have talked with their loved ones about their choices at the end of life, and even fewer have put these choices into writing.  Are you ready to document your choices?  

This workshop is facilitated by Hilary Walker, the Advance Care Planning Coordinator at PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center. All workshops are open to anyone in the community over 18 years of age; choose the one that fits your schedule.  

Quick link to register: peacehealth.org/yourvoiceyourchoice

01/24/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 03/19/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 03/28/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 04/25/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 05/23/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Advance Care Planning is a process that takes time and active reflection. Thinking about advance care planning when the diagnosis is Alzheimer's can be challenging. With a diagnosis of dementia, it gets more difficult to reflect on goals for end-of-life care. ACP+D presentations are designed to educate people who have either received a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone who has. We’ll cover:

  • the importance of starting ACP early
  • the critical role a health care agent will play throughout the journey
  • how to match goals for care with stages and symptoms of the disease
  • forms to help you start the conversation
  • how to be a strong advocate for yourself & your loved one

Participants will receive a folder with helpful resources and two official forms to complete the ACP process.

Thursday, January 24Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin Street, Bellingham, WA

Tuesday, March 19 6-7:30 p.m, South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2
 

Thursday, March 28, Community Food Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom, 405 E Holly Street, Suite 103, across the street from the downtown store, Bellingham, WA

Thursday, April 25 6-7:30 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden

Thursday, May 23 6-7:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, Ferndale
 

Presenters:  Adrienne Doucette and Denise Weeks. For more information contact 360.201.0360 or ACPDementia@gmail.com 

$15 suggested fee

 

04/24/2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
SONLIGHT COMMUNITY CRC CHURCH, 8800 BENDER RD, LYNDEN

Conversations can make all the difference!

Hilary Walker, PeaceHealth Advance Care Planning Program Coordinator, will lead an Advance Directive Workshop to guide participants through the simple, yet thought-provoking process of completing an Advance Directive.

Advance care planning is for all adults age 18 and older. FREE notary service will be available for those who complete their Advance Directive.

This workshop will take place after the Encounter Meal.

For more information, contact: Norma Maarhuis @ (360) 510-1769

04/16/2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Village Books Readings Gallery, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham
This event has been canceled. If you have shared this information with others, please let them know.
 
 
"It always seems too early, until it's too late..."
 
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  Come join us for a conversation with Nathan Kottkamp, founder & chair, of National Healthcare Decisions Day.
 
Nathan believes the place to start the conversation about wishes for end-of-life care is at the kitchen table, not the ICU.  Nathan, who lives in Richmond, VA, will share why he founded NHDD, and what its impact has had on our acceptance of our mortality. He is a partner of McGuireWoods LLP; a bioethicist in healthcare law, including patients' rights, clinical ethics, and advance directives.  He has dedicated his career to helping clients navigate the complex healthcare legal environment and continues to lead the pro bono NHDD initiative, which he views as a public health issue.
04/10/2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
SONLIGHT COMMUNITY CRC CHURCH 8800 Bender Rd Lynden

William E. Lombard, MD, long-time Whatcom County nephrologist and medical director of DaVita Mt. Baker Kidney center, will present in layperson's terms the meanings of advanced medical interventions, as well as what the outcomes could mean for patients in the short and long term. Advance care planning, advance directives, and the importance of palliative care are discussed. Dr. Lombard will explain what a POLST is - Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment. This interactive session includes Q&A.

INFO: Norma Maarhuis 360 - 510 - 1769

01/30/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 02/28/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 03/26/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 04/09/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement to learn what Advance Care Planning is, why it’s important, and how to express your wishes for end of life care.

Welcome to Advance Care Planning

New to Advance Care Planning? Not sure how to get started? In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How to talk to loved ones and doctors about your preferences for end-of-life care

  • How to consider what questions you have about your choices

  • How to choose someone to be your Health Care Agent

  • How to complete & file Advance Directive paperwork

  • How to identify tools and resources to aid you in your decision making

Choose the time and location that works for you:

Wednesday, January 30th  5:30-7:30pm, Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Thursday, February 28th  4:00-6:00pm, Community Food Co-Op, 315 Westerly Rd. B’ham, WA 98226,  To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Tuesday, March 26th  4:00-6:00pm. Community Food Co-Op. 1220 N Forest St. B’ham, WA 98225. To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Thursday, April 4th 5:30-7:30pm Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Tuesday, April 9th  1:00-3:00pm, Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Everson, WA 98247. Register on the Whatcom County Library System website

 

This is a free service provided by staff and trained volunteers through the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA). WAHA provides free, unbiased, and confidential help with health care options and resources.  

For more information, to schedule a one-on-one appointment, or to schedule a workshop for your group, contact us at:
360-788-6594 | (TTY) 1-800-833-6388
info@whatcomalliance.org | Language Assistance Available

01/03/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 02/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 03/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 05/02/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many workshops are scheduled in the next few months to help you explore your own choices with trained facilitators to help you prepare your advance directive. As you may know, only about 30% of Americans have talked with their loved ones about their choices at the end of life, and even fewer have put these choices into writing.  Are you ready to document your choices?  

This workshop is facilitated by Hilary Walker, the Advance Care Planning Coordinator at PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center. All workshops are open to anyone in the community over 18 years of age; choose the one that fits your schedule.  

Quick link to register: peacehealth.org/yourvoiceyourchoice

01/30/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 02/28/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 03/26/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 04/09/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement to learn what Advance Care Planning is, why it’s important, and how to express your wishes for end of life care.

Welcome to Advance Care Planning

New to Advance Care Planning? Not sure how to get started? In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How to talk to loved ones and doctors about your preferences for end-of-life care

  • How to consider what questions you have about your choices

  • How to choose someone to be your Health Care Agent

  • How to complete & file Advance Directive paperwork

  • How to identify tools and resources to aid you in your decision making

Choose the time and location that works for you:

Wednesday, January 30th  5:30-7:30pm, Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Thursday, February 28th  4:00-6:00pm, Community Food Co-Op, 315 Westerly Rd. B’ham, WA 98226,  To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Tuesday, March 26th  4:00-6:00pm. Community Food Co-Op. 1220 N Forest St. B’ham, WA 98225. To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Thursday, April 4th 5:30-7:30pm Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Tuesday, April 9th  1:00-3:00pm, Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Everson, WA 98247. Register on the Whatcom County Library System website

 

This is a free service provided by staff and trained volunteers through the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA). WAHA provides free, unbiased, and confidential help with health care options and resources.  

For more information, to schedule a one-on-one appointment, or to schedule a workshop for your group, contact us at:
360-788-6594 | (TTY) 1-800-833-6388
info@whatcomalliance.org | Language Assistance Available

01/24/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 03/19/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 03/28/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 04/25/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 05/23/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Advance Care Planning is a process that takes time and active reflection. Thinking about advance care planning when the diagnosis is Alzheimer's can be challenging. With a diagnosis of dementia, it gets more difficult to reflect on goals for end-of-life care. ACP+D presentations are designed to educate people who have either received a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone who has. We’ll cover:

  • the importance of starting ACP early
  • the critical role a health care agent will play throughout the journey
  • how to match goals for care with stages and symptoms of the disease
  • forms to help you start the conversation
  • how to be a strong advocate for yourself & your loved one

Participants will receive a folder with helpful resources and two official forms to complete the ACP process.

Thursday, January 24Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin Street, Bellingham, WA

Tuesday, March 19 6-7:30 p.m, South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2
 

Thursday, March 28, Community Food Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom, 405 E Holly Street, Suite 103, across the street from the downtown store, Bellingham, WA

Thursday, April 25 6-7:30 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden

Thursday, May 23 6-7:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, Ferndale
 

Presenters:  Adrienne Doucette and Denise Weeks. For more information contact 360.201.0360 or ACPDementia@gmail.com 

$15 suggested fee

 

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