Spokane Regional Health District

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Today on Inland Journal, Spokane moves one step closer to determining whether it should consider modernizing its jail or building a new one.

"I think the best financial situation for Spokane would be to put in place these initiatives and continue to expand on them so there would not need to be any new construction.”

King County

Spokane County’s health officer says a new federal policy that prohibits the sale of many flavored vaping liquids to minors doesn’t go far enough to protect public health.

Last week the federal government announced plans to keep young people from buying a variety of flavored vaping fluids that are appealing to young people, candy and fruit-flavors, for example. But it said it would continue to allow them access to menthol and tobacco-flavored liquids.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Today on Inland Journal, a Washington oral health program for children is celebrating 20 years of caring for kids. The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program, or ABCD, actually started in Spokane in 1995 at a time when only one-in-five children received dental checkups. Many families couldn’t afford visits to the dentist. Spokane dentists, physicians and the local health district worried about the effect that was having on the overall health of children.

ABCD program

A Washington oral health program for children is celebrating 20 years in business. The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program, or ABCD, began in Spokane in 1995. 

At that time, Spokane health authorities say only one-in-five children received dental checkups. Many families couldn’t afford visits to the dentist. Spokane dentists, physicians and the local health district worried about the effect that was having on the overall health of children.

Food and Drug Administration

Two cases of severe lung disease related to vaping have been reported in Spokane County.

They are the second and third cases reported in Washington in the last week.

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.

Spokane Regional Health District

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.

Inland Journal, August 31, 2017

Aug 31, 2017
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Inland Journal for August 31, 2017

    ▪    We’ll look at treating people addicted to opioids. We’ll devote the entire program to an interview with Dr. Matt Layton, the former director of the Spokane Regional Health District’s opioid treatment program. This interview first aired on June 1.

 

Meet Spokane's New County Health Officer

Jun 29, 2017

There’s new leadership at the Spokane Regional Health District. Dr. Bob Lutz, family doctor by trade and most recently the clinical director of urgent care for Rockwood, has taken over as the county health officer.

Spokane's Health District Appoints New Administrator

Jun 22, 2017

The Spokane Regional Health District announced Thursday that it has hired a new permanent administrator.

Dr. Bob Lutz comes from Rockwood Health’s urgent care program, where he was the clinical director.

Inland Journal, June 1, 2017

Jun 1, 2017
medicaldaily.com

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll spend the program talking about treatment for opioid misuse. There’s a lot going on in this field at the local, state and federal levels. We’ll talk with the medical director of the Spokane Regional Health District’s opioid treatment program.

Former Smokers Talk About How They Kicked the Habit

Apr 14, 2017
Spokane Regional Health District

The Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS, the Community Health Association of Spokane, have combined forces on a new quit smoking campaign.

“I started smoking at 15. All the friends in my neighborhood all smoked. All of the teenagers smoked. And I was also pretty angry with my mother and I thought it would make me look tough, I guess. I don’t know."

Inland Journal, April 13, 2017

Apr 14, 2017

Inland Journal for April 13, 2017

  • Steve Jackson reports on Spokane County emergency communications ballots measure
  • Spokane city library ballot measure
  • Interview with Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough (R-Sandpoint) about Governor Butch Otter's veto of the repeal of the state grocery sales tax
  • A new public campaign to promote smoking cessation, featuring interviews with two former smokers
  • Heart attacks; an interview with Spokane cardiologist Dr. Brad Batkoff