Ending Family Violence Panel Discussion


Who will be there
 You can expect to see representatives from LCSNW and the ywca of Spokane definitely on the panel. Also included will be Officer Hallock from SPD and hopefully a representative from Spokane Public Schools Student Services. We have also invited representatives from Partners with Families and Children and Passages to speak about the services they provide families.

News In Health February 2015 Newsletter

Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:


Fixing Flawed Body Parts
Engineering New Tissues and Organs

NIH-funded scientists are exploring innovative ways to fix faulty organs and tissues or even grow new ones.
Read more about tissue engineering.

gall bladder


Galled by the Gallbladder?
Your Tiny, Hard-Working Digestive Organ

Gallstones and other gallbladder disorders rank among the most common and costly of all digestive system diseases. Here’s what you should know about this small but important organ.
Read more about the gallbladder.

Health Capsules:

Many Older People Take Anti-Anxiety Meds Despite Risks

Treatment for Alcohol Problems

Featured Website: Find a Cancer Center

**Click here to download a PDF version for printing.**


Last Day for Enrollment is Sunday February 15th

Are you ready to get covered during the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period? Open Enrollment is the time when you can apply for a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or pick a new one.

healthcare marketplace

  If you need assistance go to the Downtown CHAS Clinic at 1001 W. 2nd Avenue, go to www.wahealthplanfinder.org or call 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633).

Holidays stress out low-income parents, but poverty is year-round

U-M researchers say that while the holidays tend to be more stressful for low-income parents as children ask for expensive toys, people who donate to charities need to recognize that poverty is not seasonal.

“We generally think of the holidays as a time for giving and make our donations out of empathy,” says Michael S. Spencer, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. “For many working families in poverty, the feeling of not being able to adequately provide for their children is year-long.”

Long-term poverty can affect a child’s developmental outcome, such as emotional and behavioral problems, and academic success, he says.

“If we can take the focus off of expensive gifts at this time of year and reflect year-round about the circumstances that create and sustain poverty, we’ll be able to help many people in a meaningful way,” Spencer says.

During the last five years, Carol T. Mowbray, a professor in the School of Social Work, has conducted a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of southeast Michigan mothers with serious mental illnesses. Nearly all were very pooroften due to the expenses and disability associated with their mental illnessesand found it difficult to meet their children’s needs.

In a random sample of 35 women diagnosed with depression, they were asked: “What would you say are the disadvantages of having children and being a mother?” More than 25 percent talked about their inability to buy things their children wanted. Some of the responses:

“Not having enough money to keep them dressed well…this winter, my daughter had to use my gloves and my hat.”

“Expenses. As they get older, the things they want are more expensive. I don’t want to let them down. I don’t want them to feel like they never got what they want.”

“Sometimes you can’t give them what they want; you always want your kids to have the best.”

While the need is year-round, donating during the holidays is a good start. Indeed, giving to others can be a positive experience for families that have the means to do so, Mowbray says.

“Children see their parents as role models and, from their actions, can become more empathic and understanding to others, and more prone to charitable giving when they become adults,” Mowbray says.

The University Record Online (University of Michigan)


Facts about Ebola

At a time when Ebola is all over the news, we want to make sure you have the clear-cut facts about Ebola. Please get informed and share this information with your friends and family to make sure they know the facts about Ebola.

  1. Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States. 
  2. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease. 
  3. The symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.

    Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

  4. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.

    In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.