‘At the Edge of Amazing - Snohomish County Health Summit’

Local high school students to converge

Sep 15, 2017

More than 300 people have registered for the 3rd annual "At the Edge of Amazing - Snohomish County Health Summit" at the Lynnwood Convention Center Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Diverse organizations across Snohomish County will convene to learn and share practical strategies beyond traditional medical care to transform community health.

For the first time, this year's attendees will include high school students. Select students from Tami Caraballo's Advanced Molecular Biology for Global Health class at Glacier Peak High School will come, in her words, to "be aware that they don’t have to travel to another country to make an impact.  I'm hoping that this conference helps inspire students to explore the world of health through a different lens."

“This is why we should all be feeling hopeful right now,” said Scott Forslund, founder of the Providence Institute for a Healthier Community, which produces the annual summit.

“Medical care is crucial, but mostly it’s treating damage already done. Transforming our community’s health will take fresh eyes, a long-term personal commitment, and courage to embrace new approaches.

“At next year’s summit, we’ll invite local youth to run a breakout session for the rest of us.”

Two keynote speakers, Drs. John Medina and Ben Miller, will address the biological connection between relationships and community health, and panel experts will lead nine breakout sessions including community responses to the opioid crisis; impact of "restorative practices” on children’s well-being; emerging policies on housing and health; faith community strategies; community health “accelerators” on food insecurity; nutrition education, workforce wellness and walk-able cities; and the newly released 2017 Snohomish County Health & Well-being Monitor.

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