Individual Medicare & Health Insurance Counseling
and Health Information Online Access Sessions:
Dec 4 (Bay C.) & 11 (Beach C.), 2013 (1-3 p.m.)
Health & Wellness Committee Report 2012-13
November Forum (Last of 2013):
"Healthcare Coverage: the Affordable Care Act & Medicare"
Nov 16, 10-12 in Bay Club
Afternoon: Individual Counseling on Medicare
Hidden (Health) Hazards in the Arts
Two Port Townsend Workshops!
HealthGrades 2013: 100 Best Hospitals in the US -- NONE in the PNW!?
Aetna CEO: Health Insurers Face Extinction
“The system doesn’t work, it’s broke today ... The end of insurance companies, the way we’ve run the business in the past, is here.”
Keep Up On ObamaCare!
Fight Aging with Google
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Could this happen to you? (Click to find out!)
Wellness Committee SlideShow 2011-2013
[Some of our Activities, Past & Future]
PORT LUDLOW HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE
(sponsored by the Port Ludlow Village Council)
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: (as of August 2013)
Karen B. Gebala, Ursel & Gunter Krumme (Co-Chairs), Autumn Pappas, Lois Ruggles, Peggy Schafran, Kathy Traci, Victoria Tallerico;
Emeritus Members: Tom Boughner (Forums), Tom Stone (Past Chair). Numerous other Port Ludlow residents are members of the
"Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Group", a wider circle of Health & Wellness Advocates. Contact any member of the committee if you are interested in joining this Health & Wellness community.
The purpose of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee is to
assist residents in accessing relevant information that supports their
personal health care choices.
GOALS & Objectives: see statements from the beginning of our first year in 2011
"Wellness Committee: Its Goals and Activities," PL VOICE, October 2011 (Click, then scroll to p.25)
- - The complete Sept/Oct Report of the Committee can be found here! Click!
The Health & Wellness Folks would like your Feedback: "Survey 2013"
To Port Ludlow Residents:
The Health & Wellness Committee has been active in the Port Ludlow community for two years now. We believe that it is time for some feedback from PL's residents both with respect to past Committee efforts as well as desirable activities for this coming year. Please take a few minutes and
download, print out and answer the few questions in this short Survey (Click!). You can also ignore, add to or change our questions or send us your comments and suggestions by using the back of the form or get them to us in any other convenient way.
You may hand your filled-out questionnaire to any member of the Committee, send it to P.O.Box 65057 in Port Ludlow (98365) or scan it in and send the scan by Email to plhealth.org(at)gmail.com. We will try to make the form also available at the Friday afternoon Market by the Marina (and other venues) and collect the filled-out form right there. We are also establishing an address list for those of you who would like to receive occasional information from the Health & Wellness Committee by Email, would like to be part of a loosely connected "Health & Wellness Group" and/or be more involved on the Port Ludlow Village Council Health & Wellness Committee.
PORT LUDLOW HEALTH & WELLNESS ADVOCATES*|
On June 13, 2012, the Port Ludlow Village Council's Wellness Committee and other Health Advocates
met at the Beach Club to review what was accomplished during the first year, 2011-2012, and to
share ideas and discuss plans for the coming year. A summary report of the activities undertaken by the
coordinators of the Wellness Forums, the Education Resource Center and Support Groups can be found at:
(click). A consensus was reached for the Committee to continue its work under the chairmanship of
Tom Stone, with the respective coordinators agreeing to carry out the Committee's mission, namely
to assist residents in accessing information that supports their personal health choices:
- Wellness Forums will be arranged at least quarterly by Tom Boughner & Peggy Schafran.
- The Education Resource Center will make health & wellness information available through pamphlets,
notebooks compilations, this Web site (plhealth.org) and via other venues (Ursel & Gunter Krumme, Peggy Schafran)
- New & existing Support Groups will be assisted by Kathy Traci.
*See the Letter of Invitation from the Chair.
For more information about the Committee's earlier objectives and activities, browse the Wellness Committee Web site archives, specifically
However, be aware that most archival pages are no longer actively updated or revised.
This Web site is "under construction", i.e. it represents many kinds of "work in progress". It originated in January 2010 as part of a community effort to assemble wellness oriented information and Web sites which were potentially useful for the discussion of health issues and options for residents of Port Ludlow (Washington). It became the unofficial Web site of the Port Ludlow Health & Wellness Committee in 2011 when the Port Ludlow Village Council sponsored and established this committee, consisting of three initiatives or "tracks", namely:
organizing quarterly Health & Wellness Forums, the establishment of an Education Resource Center, and the facilitation of Support Groups.
It is hoped that the Web site will prove useful in helping residents access appropriate and reliable online information -- with or without additional one-on-one navigational assistance. We will try to go beyond linking to information about providers, disease conditions and treatment options, but also to refer to choice situations and "decision aids", i.e. concepts and tools suitable for preparing for and engaging in shared decision-making with physicians and other providers.
The individuals behind this assembly of resources cannot be responsible
for the content of the sites to which they have provided links. No part of this site should ever be construed as providing medical advice. (See full disclaimer on the bottom of this page!)
All users are urged to provide critiques & suggestions related to this site to the organizers of the Resource Center.
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PLHEALTH.ORG is loosely connected to other Port Ludlow Web portals. These Web sites
(Port Ludlow Archives,
Port Ludlow Today and
Port Ludlow Village Council) are based on the volunteer work of Port Ludlow residents committed
to improving communication within the community using different Internet technologies (including for some of them,
"content management systems" [CMS]). These sites differ in content, organization, focus and intent; thus, they add up to a wealth
of information and a rich local knowledge base, probably quite unique for a community of the size of Port Ludlow.
Navigate & Search!
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Resource Center has a very unique "physical presence" in form of dispersed displays and locations of posters and educational materials (click!). Both, the Beach Club and the Bay Club, have very generously loaned us display areas behind glass doors, in addition to permitting us to make educational notebooks and handouts available to residents.
In the back of the "Bay Room" at the Beach Club we show educational
posters and display at least one of our "Notebooks". In the lounge of the Bay Club, we use a shelf in one of the glass cases for mini exhibitions. Notebooks on a variety of health topics can be found on the bottom book shelf on the left side of the lounge. We will update
these displays and notebooks as often as possible.
Of course, this very WebSite is also a very important part of the Resource Center, largely because the Internet provides such a limitless access to health resources. We have tried hard to create a portal to these global resources with a distinctly local, portludlow'ish bias. The rationale for this attempt is obvious for information resources related to the provision and location of health care services. However, also the presentation of information, digitally accessible everywhere, about health conditions, diagnoses, treatments and research, has, to an extent, been biased in favor of local and regional information, largely due to the prominence of the Puget Sound area as a center of high-qualityhealth care and health-related scientific research, and the numerous positive impacts this proximity has on the nature and quality of health care available to Port Ludlow residents. Importantly, this WebSite is "work in progress" to be updated and continuously "under construction" -- however inadequately.
Any comments? Find us on Facebook (under "Wellness for Port Ludlow") or send us an
Email at plhealth.org(at)gmail.com . (August 2013)
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The two Hospital CEOs, Mike Glenn (Jefferson Healthcare, on the left), and Scott Bosch (Harrison MC, on the right) with Peggy Schafran, one of the Co-Founders of the Health & Wellness Committee (April 11, 2012 at the Beach Club)
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The Health & Wellness Committee shares the Port Ludlow Village Council Tent at the end-of-July Festival with other PLVC committees.
The Education Resource Center has assembled "Notebooks" with community wellness resource pamphlets.
These notebooks are available in the Beach Club and the Bay Club.
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The WebGuys behind this PLHEALTH.ORG site have provided links to Internet third party sites, over which they have no control. Thus, they also do not endorse the content, operators, products or services of such sites, and are not responsible or liable for the content, operators, availability, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from sites to which they have provided links.
The information about various wellness or health conditions and treatment options contained throughout this website is general in nature and is intended for use as an educational aid only. Hopefully, the information on this site will help residents make better wellness related or health care decisions and should not be used to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition. Nothing on the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall constitute medical advice.
Neither the WebGuys nor any member of an organization associated with or endorsing the PLHEALTH.ORG site shall be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly,
for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products or services available on or
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