Pierce County to transition to integrated physical and behavioral healthcare

PIERCE COUNTY — No later than January 1, 2020, Pierce County residents in the Medicaid system will receive both physical and behavioral care through a state mandated initiative called Integration 2020.  Through this whole-person approach, physical and behavioral healthcare will be delivered via one system through an integrated network of providers, offering better coordinated care…

Flu, Mumps – Stay healthy this Winter

It’s the time of year when we stay indoors and are more likely to have concerns about spreading viruses. This year the flu and mumps are making headlines. Here is some information. We hope you and your family can stay well. If you have fallen ill, we hope you recover quickly. Flu information This is…

Learn how to make decisions when you can’t

PIERCE COUNTY — Car crashes, sports injuries, work mishaps, falls, home accidents, acute diseases and infections, disasters. Something happens and suddenly you are no longer able to speak. What do you want for your care? How will your resources be spent? Who will decide? Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources will host “Who…

Health leaders meet to help address dental disease in Washington

Health leaders meet to help address dental disease in Washington  KEY SPEAKERS:   Dr. Bob Crittenden, Senior Health Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee Beth Truett, President & CEO of Oral Health America Dr. Keith Grellner, President of the Washington State Board of Health WHAT: Oral Health for Washington Symposium WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8:30…

Pierce County CASA Program participates in Pinwheels for Prevention campaign

Watch for silver and blue pinwheels to appear around Tacoma and Pierce County. For the second year Pierce County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is planting pinwheels around town during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The blue pinwheel has become a symbol for the happy, healthy, and carefree childhood every child deserves. There…

Family caregivers have resources to ease their work

PIERCE COUNTY — Caregiving is the “new normal” in American families. People who need help – whether because of age, accident, debilitating disease, chronic health conditions or simple frailty – much prefer to remain in the familiar (and affordable) surroundings of home rather than move to formal care facilities. Fully one in four families will…

County serves notice of violation to marijuana business

Pierce County served a notice of violation Wednesday, March 4, on a retail marijuana business called The Gallery that opened in Parkland without a required permit. The Pierce County Building Official, who inspects structures for compliance with building codes, hand-delivered a notice that The Gallery is in violation of County Code by operating without a…

Community input sought for Aging & Disability priorities

Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resources (ADR) is initiating a process to gather community input for the creation of the 2016-2019 Area Plan. The Area Plan establishes funding priorities and the array of services that will be provided to support older adults and adults with disabilities who are living in the community. Input…

Workshop offers keys to success with vision loss

Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the loss of independence or quality of life. With the right support, people who are blind or partially sighted can do almost anything a fully-sighted person can do. “Living with Vision Loss” will provide practical information and local resources to help people who experience vision limitations with everyday living. …

Community Healthcare Winter Health Fair

Start 2015 off healthy with free flu and pneumonia vaccines and health screenings on January 10th at the Hilltop Regional Health Center. The Winter Health Fair includes: • FREE Flu and Pneumonia vaccines* • FREE Blood Pressure Checks • FREE Insurance Enrollment Assistance • FREE Dental Screenings • FREE Height/Weight/BMI Checks Enter the raffle to…

JBLM Town Hall on Ebola

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Medical professionals and senior Army and Air Force leaders will host a series of town halls next week at JBLM to provide information about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as well as the installation’s Ebola preparedness. Leaders at the Town Halls will also answer service member, military family member and employee questions…