Spokane Regional Health District

Spokane Health Organizations Announce Leadership Changes

Aug 13, 2019

Two Spokane-based health organizations announced leadership changes Tuesday.

The Spokane Regional Health District announced the hiring of Amelia Clark as the organization’s new administrative officer.

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency held a celebration of its 50th anniversary Thursday at a ceremony in Riverfront Park. Several dignitaries spoke about the accomplishments of the agency, and there was ceremonial tree planting.

“I would like everyone to join me, just take one deep breath," said county commissioner Al French. "You know if you did that 50 years ago, you’d be choking, hacking, and your eyes would be tearing up right now.”

French opened the ceremony by citing some of the agency’s accomplishments.

Women Helping Women

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we look at a new report about the challenges that women and children face in Spokane County. The study was put together by the group Women Helping Women, using data collected by the Spokane Regional Health District. It touches on issues of generational poverty and trauma, the lack of child care availability and other issues.

Steve Jackson talked with Tamara McGregor from the Women Helping Women board of directors and Stacey Wenzl, who manages the data center for the health district.

Spokane To Host State HIV Conference This Week

May 13, 2019

For the first time, the Washington state HIV conference is coming to Spokane. The event will be held Thursday and Friday at the Convention Center.

Among the speakers is the leader of a campaign that promotes the concept that many people with HIV carry such low levels of the virus that they are incapable of passing it on. It’s called Undetectable Equals Untransmittable, or U=U.

Spokane Regional Health District

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we’ll hear two viewpoints about vaccines and vaccine safety.

In part one, we interviewed Del Bigtree, the founder and CEO of the Informed Consent Action Network. He has challenged the federal government’s system of evaluating and approving vaccines.

In this second half, we get a different view from Kayla DeBusk from the Immunization Assessment and Promotion Program at the Spokane Regional Health District.

Flu Hospitalizations Picking Up In Spokane, North Idaho

Jan 3, 2019
Centers for Disease Control

Spokane regional health officials are urging residents to get their flu shots as the number of people contracting the illness increases.

Spokane’s health district reports four people have died from the flu this season; 89 people have been hospitalized, many of those coming in the last couple of weeks.

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Today on Inland Journal, we turn our attention to public health. Spokane County health officer Bob Lutz is in the studio to talk about issues such as suicide and its prevalence in the county.

“Last year, by the medical examiner’s data, almost 50% of suicides were caused by firearms. And of that, 59 out of 122 suicides, 51 were by men. And unfortunately, if someone uses a gun, it’s 90% effective,” Lutz said.

Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane Regional Board of Health has approved a resolution related to smoking and vaping. The measure asks the Washington legislature to raise the minimum age for buying and selling tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

Spokane Regional Health District

Today (Thursday), the board of directors for the Spokane Regional Health District is considering a resolution related to smoking and vaping. The measure asks the Washington legislature to raise the minimum age for buying and selling tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. It also encourages other local governments, businesses and non-profit agencies to adopt similar resolutions.

Inland Journal, Dec. 7, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

Inland Journal for December 7, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz talks about a health district resolution that would support a change in Washington’s minimum legal smoking age from 18 to 21.
    ▪    Steve Jackson reports on Washington state legislation to allow people to grow a small number of marijuana plants.
    ▪    We’ll talk with the founding dean of Idaho’s new medical school, which recently received permission to recruit students for its first class.
    ▪    And we’ll meet a Tibetan Buddhist monk in Spokane who served with the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan government in exile in India.