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Obesity Over a quarter of the adult population in Washington State is considered obese. Adult obesity rates vary among Washington's counties, ranging from 13% to 46%. Adults who are obese or overweight are more likely to develop a number of serious diseases and to die at younger ages than people who are not obese or overweight. Read about obesity in the Population Health Guide, including Governor Jay Inslee's launch of the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative.
If you’ve had an injury, surgery or major dental work, you are likely to have pain. Pain is a normal part of life and healing. Talk with your doctor about how you can get the most effective pain relief with the least risk. NON-OPIOID PAIN TREATMENTS HAVE FEWER RISKS For pain that will likely be gone in a week or two, it is always best to start with non-opioid pain treatments. Opioids may help control pain at first, but they are usually not necessary. Consider other options that may work just as well but have far fewer risks.
Providing education and training at a local level for evidence-based practices in the prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders, the State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium (STR-TA), funded by SAMHSA, is a response from a large coalition of national professional organizations. The Opioid Response Network, ORN, provides local training and education free of charge for specific needs at a community level.
At epidemic levels in Washington State and across the country, opioid use disorder is a public health issue impacting state and local government, communities, health systems and, most importantly, individuals and families. In response to 694 deaths due to opioid overdose in Washington in 2016, Governor Inslee issued Executive Order 16-09, directing state agencies to implement an opioid response plan to:
The rate of dental caries among third-graders in the state does not meet the Health People 2020 goal for children ages six to nine. This has broad implications for not only oral health, but general health, over the life span. This resource calls out the importance of a Life Course approach to oral health in our efforts improve population health. Oral health is inseparable from overall, systemic health. Oral diseases impact systemic health and quality of life.
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Fairview Health Services’ Palliative Care Program is designated as one of seven national Palliative Care Leadership Centers by the Center to Advance Palliative Care. These programs host site visits, including training and technical assistance for hospitals and other institutions seeking to start or strengthen their own palliative care programs.
Get Palliative Care is an online resource, which provides clear comprehensive palliative care information for patients and families coping with serious, complex illness. Key components of the site include a Palliative Care Directory of Hospitals, a definition of palliative care, and a detailed description of what palliative care is and how it is different from hospice. It also provides an interactive questionnaire to assist people in determining whether palliative care is appropriate for them or their loved-ones. Provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
PalliativeDoctors.org PalliativeDoctors.org is the patient site of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. They do hope to provide as much information about hospice and palliative care as possible. Palliative care is for people of any age, and at any stage in illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life threatening.
PAL for Moms is a free telephone consultation service for health care providers caring for patients with mental health problems who are pregnant, postpartum, or planning pregnancy. Any health care provider in Washington State can call.