Alert: White Nationalist Tracts, Palliative Care Webinars, Real Cooperation, More Risk Assessment, Shopping?

CONTENTS 5/9/2020
Alert: White Nationalist Tracts
Palliative Care Institute
    Bringing The Nation Back To Health
    Proactive Planning In The Time Of Covid-19
Real Life Lord Of The Flies Is Much Better
Revisiting Risk Assessment

When I was dropping off books at the little free library on Victor today I found someone had left white nationalist/racist propaganda cards in the library. My kids saw them and we had a very interesting conversation on the walk home. I wanted to warn others that this is in our neighborhood. I think it’s Victor and Washington. It’s the double cabinet with the metal Globe (I think) on top.  Thanks, ~ Megan Ball

The Palliative Care Institute at WWU is collaborating on two webinars in May related to COVID-19. Both are free and open to the public.

BRINGING THE NATION BACK TO HEALTH Thursday, May 14, 12:30 – 1:00 pm PDT
You’re invited to join us for an in-depth virtual exploration of how COVID-19 has affected our communities in several key sectors. An expert panel including WWU alumni and faculty will help answer the question: What will it take to bring our country back to health? 

Panelists will share how they are addressing the pandemic, particularly in the healthcare field, how to prepare for coming waves of COVID-19, what the pandemic has exposed about health disparities, and anticipated societal impacts of the aftermath. They will offer strategies for coping with the illness along with scenarios for what may be next.

Presenters:  Dakotah Lane, MD, Health Director for the Lummi Nation; Frank James (’73), MD, Health Officer for San Juan County and the Nooksack Indian Tribe; Richard Veith (’69), MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington; Rachel Clark (’13 ), MD, Resident in Montefiore’s Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine in the Bronx, and Liz Mogford, PhD, Professor of Sociology at Western Washington University. The discussion is free of charge and will be moderated by Marie Eaton, PhD, former Dean of Fairhaven College and current Community Champion for the Palliative Care Institute at WWU.

Register at

Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 – 1:00 pm PDT
In a time when so much feels out of our control, pro-active planning for medical care will allow you to communicate your priorities, to empower those who love and care for you to be strong advocates for you

Presenters:  Sharmon Figenshaw, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest &  Hilary Walker, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, PeaceHealth Medical Group. Moderated by Marie Eaton, Community Champion, Palliative Care Institute, WWU

The Proactive Care Planning in the Time of COVID19 Webinar Webinar will explore:

  1. What is proactive care planning – three key things to consider and why is it important?
  2. The role of Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) in planning
  3. Resources available to you to keep the conversation going and complete the related documents!

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Register at


Here is my beloved Dr Betsy Brown’s take on the article about risks that I posted yesterday.

Last night I listed this link to a story about the transmission of the coronavirus and how to cut down on your risks. I want to revisit it because it is so very helpful in explaining what is risky and what is not. Knowing these details can make all the difference in preventing infection, but also relieve fear and anxiety. Knowledge is power. Another reason I want you to read it is because we are in this for the long haul, while waiting for a vaccine or more effective treatments. Having this knowledge can help you enjoy life more while we are in this phase, so important! The two elements you can control to limit exposure are proximity and time. Masks help, being outdoors is better, amount of time matters. A brief interaction is not risky, a longer interaction in a closed space is not such a good idea.

We can do this. We can help each other through this challenging time. Knowledge and kindness are the answers.

We’re running low on several items. If anyone is headed for the Coop, Haggens, or Winco, might you be willing to bring us a few things? ~ Fl!p   360-671-4511


I may send more later, depending on what comes in, but wanted to get this out immediately.


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