Category Archives: Health

Barbara Pamplin discusses her work toward health and acceptance

by Carla Bell

Barbara Pamplin was fat, Black, and unlovable. She was also dead.

She had lived from year to year with high blood pressure and other types of inflammation, until one mid-October morning last year when something tipped the scale. Pamplin, disoriented, yet aware of a sudden physiological change, was rushed to the emergency room for open heart surgery, and at just 45 years of age, she says, “My heart stopped and I was dead.”

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One of the Largest Free Healthcare Clinics in the Country Proves We Need a Single Payer System

by Susan Fried

The fifth Seattle/King County Clinic starts Thursday September 20 at KeyArena. More than 4,000 people will descend on Seattle Center seeking free medical, vision, and dental care over the four days of the clinic. According to the Clinic’s website, the clinic has provided 16,300 patients with almost $14 million in direct services given by more than 13,800 volunteers over the past four years. This is an incredible accomplishment, and I am even considering getting in line myself on September 20 for some vision or dental care because neither are covered under my incredibly expensive health insurance policy.

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Tacoma Teen Supports I-1631 Because He Grew Up in an Era of Racism and Climate Injustice

by Nate Williams

In my lifetime, I’ve seen how much we take a healthy environment for granted.

As a child I’ve always had a love for trees and all animals. When I was little I used to go on hikes with my dad. I was amazed at how tall the trees were and by the different colors of the forest. We loved going down to the beach and walking through the zoo to learn about animals from across the world. Nature was a way for me to find peace of mind.

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Mental Health in the Food Industry

by Jake Uitti

Restaurant life is hard. In such a hectic atmosphere, tempers can flare and palliatives can seem necessary. Chefs working over equally hot burners to create any number of dishes in a given night can feel the pressure to succeed moment to moment. But often this same surge for success can require an equally fervent release. And it’s this culinary roller coaster that can be increasingly addictive and potentially dangerous, says longtime Seattle chef Karen Nelson.

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Top Cancer Groups Team up to Take on Health Disparities

(This post was originally published on FredHutch.org and has been reprinted with permission)

It’s no surprise that there are health haves and have-nots in our country, particularly when it comes to cancer.

The health haves have money, insurance, socioeconomic and even geographical advantages on their side.

The health have-nots?  Continue reading Top Cancer Groups Team up to Take on Health Disparities

Doctor for a Day Inspires Students of Color to Pursue Healthcare Careers

by Kamna Shastri

A group of six high school and middle school students are crowding around the respiratory therapist’s table, laid out with tubes and contraptions as he tells them about preventative medicine and the Affordable Care Act’s commitment to preventative care. Continue reading Doctor for a Day Inspires Students of Color to Pursue Healthcare Careers

8 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

by Lauren Mansur

Your waistband may disagree with calling the season of feasting “the most wonderful time of the year.” However, it’s possible to both enjoy the holidays and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We’ve got you covered with these eight tips to stay fit and emerge on the other side of the season looking and feeling great! Continue reading 8 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

Clinic Opens in Mt. Baker to Cure Health Disparities

by Clifford Cawthon

On Friday the Rainier Valley Community Clinic (RVCC) celebrated the grand opening of their new location on 33rd Ave South in the Mount Baker neighborhood. The Clinic, which first opened last September, moved from its original location at a Speed-E-Mart parking lot in Rainier Beach, where it opened to serve the Rainier Valley area’s underserved communities. Continue reading Clinic Opens in Mt. Baker to Cure Health Disparities