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Summer Newsletter 2022

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A Note from Help Me Grow Skagit's Physician Champion

Dr. Francie Chalmers

Summer has finally arrived (at least most days) and after a long, cool, and wet Spring we are excited to reconnect with all of you – our amazing Perinatal and Pediatric Providers.

This Newsletter’s theme is around lactation support and the celebration of World Breastfeeding Month coming in August.

On Tuesday August 2nd from 7-8 am we are offering a fantastic sounding virtual CME, titled Supporting Breastfeeding Families: Implementing a Primary Care Office Strategy. Our speaker, Dr. Jody Cousins may be a familiar name as she used to practice in Anacortes and while there developed a wonderful system for supporting her families with their lactation needs while also getting at least some reimbursement. This hour long CME will start with a didactic portion by Dr. Cousins that includes how you can set up such a program in your facility. Her teaching is of course evidence based and practical. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end.


If you would have liked to but have been unable to attend the CME’s we have been offering please take a moment to send me a quick email with topics days and times that would be preferable in the future.


Other highlights from this issue include World Breastfeeding Month Activities and Opportunities, links to a variety of lactation support evidence based practices, new from Washington's Health Care Authority, and an update on happenings at Help Me Grow Skagit.

As Skagit’s “Physician Champion” please remember that I am here to help facilitate connections between your practice and community support services. I can be reached anytime with questions and feedback at fchalmers.md@gmail.com.

*Featured CME Event for Skagit County*

For more information about this event, click HERE. This event is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register HERE.

Helpful Resources

Skagit Breastfeeding Coalition - Did you know Skagit has a Breastfeeding Coalition? Not only are they there to support infant feeding, lactation, and breastfeeding, they have resources to share. Visit the website here and find more local resources here.


Resources to Share with Parents

Educational Opportunities:

Help Me Grow Skagit gift bins were delivered to practices and clinics throughout Skagit.

These bins had a variety of materials about Help Me Grow Skagit, including our flyers (English and Spanish), rack cards, referral forms, prescription pads, and more!

These tools are provided to help you connect your families with the Help Me Grow Family Resource Navigator, Gaby Camarena. Gaby will assesses a family's needs, connect them to community resources and services, and follow up to let you know the results. 

Did your practice receive the Help Me Grow Skagit gift box? If you would like one, or more copies of any of the materials in the bin, please contact Francie Chalmers.

Community Health Workers in Pediatric Primary Care

The Health Care Authority is beginning communication efforts for the Community Health Workers in Pediatric Primary Care grant project. Under legislative proviso, Health Care Authority is directed to administer a two-year grant for community health worker services within pediatric care beginning January 1, 2023. Additionally, HCA directed to explore sustainability avenues to support Community Health Worker role and associated services, including but not limited to a State Plan Amendment and Federal Demonstration Waiver. 

To learn more, join the Pediatric Health Listserv here.

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