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Planned Parenthood in Malawi - August 9, 2017

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Phyllis Shacter - Choice at the End of Life - June 24, 2015

Ginny Wolff talks with Phyllis Shacter of Bellingham, whose husband Alan died 2 years ago when he voluntarily stopped eating and drinking to avoid living into the late stages of Alzheimers disease. In this very personal and revealing interview, Phyllis discusses how Alan reached his decision; how she, with help, supported him through it; community reactions to his decision; legal issues; the lack of compassionate choices for patients with dementia; and the growing need for more end of life choices for an aging population.

You can hear Phyllis Shacter's TEDx Bellingham talk entitled: "Not Here By Choice" at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiYPaU3h3w8
You can also google: Phyllis Shacter Not Here By Choice
Additional resource: Compassion and Choices of Washington - http://compassionwa.org/

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The Science of Well-Being - January 7, 2015

Jere LaFollette, instructor in the Human Services program at Skagit Valley College, joins Ginny Wolff for a discussion of the "Science of Well-Being," or what Jere calls "positive psychology." This is a recent movement in the field of Psychology, whose premise is that building on strengths may have more value than focusing on a person's problems. Jere discusses the ideas, the studies which back them up, and gives examples of research compiled by the Center for the Greater Good in Berkeley, CA. Jere also talks about using these ideas with students in the Human Services program, both in the classroom and during their practicums.

For more information see http://www.greatergood.berkeley.edu

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Healthcare Update - June 4, 2014

jim speaks about regional healthcare in the NW part of Washington focused on the changes that have taken place in the five county area after the Affordable Care Act went into effect. She speaks with Dorothy Bradshaw, North Sound In Person Assister Program Manager, who oversees the enrollment process for five counties: Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom. Then jim speaks with Jeanne Rupert, Medical Education Director for Skagit Regional Health about access to healthcare in Skagit County. Finally, jim talks with Shirley Floyd and Joe Leonguerrero of UFCW21 about contract negotiations for over 1000 employees at Skagit Regional Health.

To enroll now in a health insurance program or to ask questions:
in Skagit call Community Action at 360 416-7585,
in Whatcom contact Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement 360 788-6594
OR, go to http://wahealthplanfinder.org

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Update on the Affordable Care Act - January 8 2014

Local producer and host jim justice talks with Cynthia Eichner, Executive Director of SCAHA (Skagit County Alliance for Healthcare Access) and Dorothy Bradshaw, In-Person Assister Program Manager for the North Sound, about the Affordable Care Act locally.

To make an appt with in person assister (one-on-one help) - in Skagit and Whatcom, call 360 788-6542 or go to http://Whatcomalliance.org for contact info Local hospitals can also assist.

Sign up for healthcare on own - go to http://WAHealthplanfinder.org - May use the health customer assistant tab.

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Health Insurance Roll Out under Affordable Care Act - September 11, 2013

jim talks with Cynthia Eichner, Executive Director of the Skagit County Alliance for Healthcare Access (SCAHA), who is responsible for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act here in Skagit County. Find out who is eligible and how to apply if one is eligible.

For more personal information, info available now at (can apply through these starting Oct. 1)
Call center open 7 AM - 8 PM Monday through Friday - 1-855-923-4633
Website - http://wahealthplanfinder.org
For group presentations, contact Cynthia Eichner at 360 899-5669.

Starting October 1:

Sit down with someone to discuss your case at Community Action of Skagit County, Skagit Regional Health (hospital and clinics), Island Hospital, United General Hospital, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, or SeaMar clinics.

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Local Hospitals Propose Partnering with Larger Medical Center - April 24, 2013

The proposal that Skagit Valley, Island, and Cascade Hospitals form a partnership with a larger hospital system has received a fair amount of local press recently due to concern over how a partnership with a Catholic Hospital might affect access to certain healthcare services in Skagit County. In today's show, Ginny interviews Clark Todd, president of the Skagit Valley Hospital Commissioners Board; Kathy Reim, healthcare advocate; and Kathryn DeFillipo, of Planned Parenthood in Skagit County. Both Kathy and Kathryn are members of People for Healthcare Freedom, the citizens' group which has formed to address concerns about affiliation with a Catholic hospital.

Clark discusses the larger issue of why a partnership is necessary, and would facilitate delivery of quality care locally. He also addresses how the commissioners are responding to community concerns. Kathy and Kathryn discuss what concerns they have, how experience elsewhere informs that concern, and the process of how the public can present concerns to the decision makers in this proposal.

Future Community Forums:
Island Hospital Board of Commissioners forum: April 30, 5:30 pm, Council Chambers, Anacortes City Hall, 906 6th St.
People for Healthcare Freedom community meeting: May 3, 6 pm, PUD - Aqua Rm.

For more information:
http://www.healthcare-freedom.net
http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org/news/press-releases/forums/
http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org/news/press-releases/RPF-potential-partner/

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Healthcare in Skagit - March 20, 2013

Preparing for the Skagit Human Rights Festival (SHRF) event on Healthcare on Thursday, March 28 at the Lincoln Theatre, jim talks with Jeanne Crump, D.O., Director of Medical Education at Skagit Regional Health and with Peter Browning, Director of Skagit County Health Department. It is a bit of the current state of healthcare in Skagit as opposed to a year ago, and a talk about the roll out of Affordable Health Care which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

SHRF - Film and panel: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - panel includes both Peter Browning and Jeanne Crump. Lincoln Theatre, Thursday, March 28, 7 PM.

Skagit Human Rights Festival - http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com or skagithrf@gmail.com

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Neurofeedback - Training Your Brain - November 14, 2012

Joan Cross, physical therapist and neuro-rehabilitation practitioner, joins Ginny for a discussion of a non-drug therapy for stress and anxiety related conditions. Neurofeedback retrains the brain to behave with less excitability, and more stability and resilience. Useful for a wide range of conditions, including, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD, ADD, and even autistic behaviors; it is free of side effects, and requires no conscious effort on the part of the client. Joan talks about how it works, effectiveness, and gives examples of client experiences.

Joan's website is http://www.innerwavecenter.com

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Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, Komen Foundation and the war on women - May 23, 2012

jim speaks with Linda McCarthy, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood (MBPP), Executive Director and Christina Wright, MBPP, Director of External Affairs about the war on women and it's effects here in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Linda and Christina talk about their programs, the Congressional and legislative attacks on women as well as the Komen Foundation. The national Komen Foundation in December of 2011 announced they were cutting off grants/funds to Planned Parenthood. After public outcry, they changed their mind. This decision was NOT discussed with local Komen affiliates who have always been very supportive of MBPP. Listen in to hear how this impacts both Komen and Planned Parenthood locally today and what you can do about it.

Linda McCarthy, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood, Executive Director
Christina Wright, MBPP, Director of External Affairs
http://www.mbpp.org 360 603-7703

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Ina May Gaskin on Natural Childbirth - May 16, 2012

Ina May Gaskin is called the godmother of authentic midwifery. She has been attending women in labor for over 40 years on "The Farm" in southern Tennessee, and more than any other single person, has helped revive the ancient profession of midwifery in the U.S. Ina May is now an internationally known advocate of honoring the natural process of childbirth - supporting and assisting women who want an option to the interventions of modern obstetrics. She joined us by phone from her home in Tennessee to talk about her life's work.

Her most recent book is "Birth Matters, A Midwife's Manifesta."

Hear her 2011 address in Sweden when she accepted the "Right Livelihood Award" on her website: http://www.inamay.com

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Health Care in Skagit County - March 28, 2012

Listen in this week on a conversation with Jeanne Crump, DO, PhD, Director of Medical Education at Skagit Valley Hospital and Peter Browning, Director of the Skagit County Public Health Department. They talk about the quality of care in Skagit County compared to the country and other counties in Washington state. Jeanne and Peter also discuss various collaborations and changes that are in the works for health care delivery and medical record access here. Skagit is on the cutting edge! Listen in to hear the details.

Skagit County Alliance for Healthcare Access http://www.skagitcf.org/scaha/

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation http://www.innovations.cms.gov/

Health Care Reform - Federal Advocacy - American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/policy/federal/issues/reform.html

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute http://www.pcori.org/

Medical Information Network - North Sound
Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Skagit County WA and North Puget Sound http://www.min-ns.org/

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Youth Suicide Prevention Program - March 21, 2012

Dave McConnell talks with Heather Carter, Manager of the OUTLoud Project of the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Heather shares insights on the causes of youth suicide, suggestions of how to deal with potential youth suicides, and describes workshops and training sessions provided by the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.

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Reproductive Health and Healthy Sexuality with Mount Baker Planned Parenthood - December 14, 2011

SUSO host Jodie Buller talks with MBPP's Health Educator, Jill Sprouse and Director of External Affairs, Christina Wright about their integrative programs, their new location on Division St in Mount Vernon, and resources they offer to help parents, educators, and kids peer-to-peer.

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How We Look and Feel: the Conundrum of Body Image - December 15, 2010

SUSO talks with Co-op health and beauty staffer and cooking class instructor Jill dodge, about the journey toward feeling good in your own skin. The holiday season can be charged with hard emotions under the celebratory glow, and we explore some ways to build positive momentum towards healthy eating, living, and thinking.

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Weight Wellness - June 16, 2010
Speak Up! Speak Out! speaks with registered nurse, certified hypnotherapist, and life coach Karen Louise, about the obesity epidemic in the US, and balanced living strategies for maintaining healthy weight loss. We look at hypnotherapy and brain change, and how to make good choices into habits. Karen spoke with us in advance of her free June 28th workshop at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.
http://www.awakenaware.com
http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com

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Wellness Fair - April 14, 2010

This week, we get a good stretch for the car or workday and a taste of the native flute as Jodie Buller talks with Simme Bobrosky about Yoga and Ira Fein about Sound Healing and Resonant Silence Technique. Simme, Ira, and over 20 other local wellness practitioners will be demonstrating their work at a free Community Wellness Fair at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op on Saturday April 24th, from 11am-2pm. The Co-op will offer live music and free samples from all departments in-store, but make sure to head up to the 3rd floor for free presentations on the half hour on subjects ranging from dreams and aromatherapy, to nutrition testing and weight wellness, to Cranio Sacral Therapy and Alexander Technique. Full details available on the Co-op's website.

Follow up information:
http://www.skagitfoodcoop.com
http://www.yogaheartspace.com
http://ifein@seanet.com
http://www.happiness-project.com

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Health Care as a Human Right - Is Capitalism Killing Us? - March 17, 2010

What makes a society healthy? Is it access to quality health care? According to Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, emergency room physician and professor in Population Health Studies at the University of Washington, healthcare does not make us healthy. The results of much research show that what determines the health of a society is related to the degree of equality in that society. Our growing disparity between the rich and poor, and lack of public policies to to assure well being to pregnant mothers and young children is the reason we are falling behind other developed countries.

For more information see http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/

We will carry Dr. Bezruchka's March 26 presentation to this year's Skagit Human Rights Festival on this site in a few weeks.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Skagit - February 10, 2010

NAMI - Skagit is a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In this show, four local NAMI members join me to talk about the organization which is such a important part of their loves. Mike Ellis, president of NAMI - Skagit; Marti Wall, longtime member and board member of NAMI - Skagit; Beth Gould, involved in NAMI on both a local and national level; and Brandon Nevi, a NAMI member who participates and leads some of the local programs, discuss how and why NAMI developed in our community, what programs it offers and who benefits from this all-volunteer effort.

Important contact numbers for help with mental illness:
Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3578 This line is staffed by mental health professionals with a masters degree or better.
County Mental Health Services - Mental Health Program Director, Rebecca Clark: 360-419-3363
Marti Wall: NAMI board member and organizer for Family-to-Family, and NAMI Basics courses: 360-770-5666

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Mental Illness in Skagit County - December 09, 2009

This show is a tribute to Sue Boyle, long time advocate for the mentally ill, who recently passed away. We speak with Mike Ellis and Marti Wall from NAMI Skagit - That's the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness - about efforts in Skagit County to to provide services for people with mental illness. In the second half of the show Brandon Nevi, a young man with mental illness, talks about his own story. Margo Boyle, Sue's daughter; and Nancy Hoffman, friend and neighbor of Sue and Margo, tell stories about a remarkable woman who would stop at little to help this largely neglected population.

Visit http://www.namiskagit.org for more information. We will do a sequel to this show in early 2010.

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Dr. Stephen Bezruchka on "Why We are so Unhealthy" - November 11, 2009

Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, emergency physician and professor of Population Health Studies in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health discusses the root causes of poor health care outcomes in this country, and how this is related to the social and economic disparities in our society. Dr. Bezruchka will present at the Skagit Human Rights Festival on March 26, 2010. You can also hear talks he gives through Alternative Radio, which are rebroadcast by KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon.
The website for the Population Health Forum is: http://depts.washington.edu/eqhlth/

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The Handle Approach - a Non-Pharmacologic Treatment for ADD/ADHD - September 30, 2009

Speak Up Speak Out Radio speaks with Kate Bowers NDT, Owner/Director of Cascades Yoga and Neurotherapeutics, and her clients Jodi Thomas and Brianna Gardiner, to demystify ADD/ADHD and other common brain disorders. Bowers uses Aryuvedic nutrition, Hatha Yoga, and the HANDLE approach to increase learning efficiency and increase understanding of behaviors that create difficulties in school, at home and in the social lives of struggling children.

See http://www.handle.org or email Kate Bowers at yogakate@isomedia.com for more information.

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Wellness - June 10, 2009
What is it? A multidimensional state of being, impacted by many factors. During this program, SUSO talks with local biological dentists Dr Russ Borneman and Dr Ken Killpack from the Sound Health Center in Anacortes about the impacts of mercury amalgam fillings and visit The Scientific Case Against Mercury Amalgam from the Institute for Oral Medicine and Toxicology. And we speak with Bowenwork Health Center Therapist and Integrated Wellness Practitioner Nancy Clark, about the body's capacity to heal itself, once it is no longer in a state of distress.

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Mount Baker Planned Parenthood - January 23, 2008
Around the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade legalizing abortion in the US, Linda McCarthy talks about abortion and abortion services then and now, availability of birth control, Planned Parenthoods 3R program, and the problem with Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Mount Baker Planned Parenthood

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