public information and engagement

community healthcare forum

Project Snapshot: 211 community members spent a summer afternoon engaged in citizen-led conversations about the changing future of healthcare in Whatcom County. Dumas & Associates, Inc. co-designed and conducted this innovative 1/2 day public forum with hosts Whatcom Stepping Stones and Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access.—Results: Individuals from families, caregivers, clinicians, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, and public agencies identified issues they think leaders need to address, led small group discussions, and developed recommendations on healthcare improvements for the community. Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access, working with interested forum participants, formed the Community Organizing Group for Health advising on the development of an Accountable Care Organization -like system for Whatcom County. For more on the forum, plenary, and citizen-led discussions click here. Photo Credit: Jackie Saul, Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access, 2011.

inter-jurisdictional emergency planning

Project Snapshot: Dumas & Associates, Inc. facilitated formation of the Whatcom County Health Department’s interdisciplinary Pandemic Influenza Planning Task Force, a 120 member body comprised of 6 work groups. Team members, Mary Dumas and Alexandrea Spaulding, conducted a 9 month examination of the community’s capacity and adaptability in the event of a sustained emergency.
—Results: Existing incident-response frameworks were adapted to more fully identify and account for the unique challenges presented by a pandemic, or sustained event. Substantive dialogue within and across work groups increased the rigor of final report recommendations for the county’s All-Hazards Emergency Plan and strengthened networks among public and private emergency management professionals across Whatcom County.

facilities advisory committee

Project Snapshot: Facilitated the Burlington-Edison School District Capital Facilities Committee, a 24 member advisory body convened to develop recommendations on priority capital improvements for the District.
—Results: Committee members participated in a structured fact-finding agenda over a 6 month period, including physical and virtual tours. The Committee’s recommendations, ratified by consensus, identified priority needs for each building and outlined recommended prioritized capital facilities’ improvements consistent with District policies and School Board levy planning questions.