Resources and Information
Health Education Services
HEALTH SERVICES – EDUCATION & RESOURCES
Adult Family/Nursing Home Complaint Hotline - Report abuse at a facility, (800) 562-6078.
Adult Protective Services - Reporting abuse at home, (800) 487-0416.
Alzheimer Society of Washington - Provides support, knowledge and resources for people and families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementing illnesses. For more information, please call: 360-671-3316 or (800) 493-3959, www.alzsociety.org.
American Legion Veterans Services - 360-734-3110.
Care Crisis Response Services - Mental-health crisis line provides suicide prevention and resource referral, (800) 584-3578.
Community Health Education / LifeQuest - Community Health Education Department of St. Joseph Hospital offers classes in nutrition, heart health, physical fitness, stress management, diabetes education and weight management, plus fitness evaluations and blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and cardiovascular screenings. For more information, please call: 360-738-6720, www.peacehealth.org/whatcom/lifequest.
Department of Social & Health Services - Food stamps, basic food program, Medicaid and other services. Home and Community Services, (800) 735-7040, www1.dshs.wa.gov.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 360-733-9226.
Health Support Center - Center hosts self-help, support and advocacy groups who serve people with health impairments or disabilities and/or their caregivers. For more information, please call 360-733-6714, www.healthsupportcenter.org.
Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center - Nonprofit agency provides a full range of hearing screenings and resources for the deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind communities. For more information, please call 647-0910, 647-8508, TTY or video phone, www.hsdc.org.
Home Rehabilitation Program - Provides project and needs analysis, bid assistance, deferred payment and subsidized loan program. Provided by the Bellingham Community Development Division. For more information, please call 360-778-8300, www.cob.org
Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Protects and promotes the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. For more information, please call 360-676-6687 or (800) 562-6028, www.nwrcwa.org.
Opportunity Council Community Resource Center - Energy and home-repair programs and a representative payee program to assist with budgeting and payments for those on Social Security. For more information, please call 360-734-5121, www.oppco.org.
Poison control - Available 24 hours a day for questions and emergencies, (800) 222-1222.
Social Security Administration, Bellingham office, 738-3952, www.ssa.gov.
St. Joseph Hospital: 3201 Ellis St., 734-5400, www.peacehealth.org. Hospital, health information and wellness programs, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation.
Washington state Home and Community Services, 756-5750. www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov. Personal care or protective services for adults.
Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access: 788-6594, www.whatcomalliance.org. Provides help finding health insurance and primary care physicians.
Whatcom County Health Department: 676-6724, www.co.whatcom.wa.us/health. Major service areas: administration, community health, children with special health-care needs, maternal/child, nutrition, communicable disease, oral health, environmental health, human services, alcohol/tobacco and other drugs, developmental disabilities, housing, mental health, victim impact panel, vital records.
Whatcom County Medical Society: 676-7630, www.whatcom-medical.org. Assists in finding a doctor.
Whatcom Health magazine: A publication of The Bellingham Herald. Annual medical and health care guide with informative articles and resource directories.