5 Things You Can Do To Prepare for Bloomsday!

How do you get prepared for Bloomsday? Training for any race takes dedication and hard work. With Bloomsday just around the corner, we put together a list of 5 things you can do to get prepped for the big race.


  1. Get started on a running or walking program

There are endless options out there to improve your endurance when preparing for a long distance run or walk, so find one that best caters to your needs and goals. Interval training is a great way to get your heart rate up and give your body the boost it needs to keep running during steady periods of time. If you plan on walking, it’s a good idea to get into a weekly or even daily walking routine to prepare your muscles and joints for the 7 mile trek through Spokane streets—it’s also a great excuse to do some sightseeing as the weather begins to warm up!

  1. Join a team or get a partner

Exercising with other people can often be a lot more fun than just going by yourself. When we have a reliable teammate or partner to push us, we tend to reach past our own expectations and reach our goals for efficiently. Find someone who is going to give you that push you need and you may just build a lifelong exerciseship.


  1. Increase your water intake

It is recommended that the average person drinks between 5-8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. When preparing for the big race, it’s important to consistently drink water throughout the day and get in the habit of drinking water BEFORE you are even thirsty. Though Bloomsday doesn’t take place during a hot month, 7.5 miles often takes a lot of sweat—refuel and recharge.


  1. Visit your physician

Though Bloomsday participants run and walk at all levels, it’s a good idea to visit your health care provider before starting a training program to make sure your heath is not at risk. They can also let you know if your finish time goal is reasonable and give you tips for proper training.


  1. Start stretching regularly

It is always good to stretch before and after doing any strenuous physical activity, but daily stretching is great at increasing flexibility to prevent future injury. If you don’t have much experience with stretching, taking up a Yoga class or even finding a TV program that teaches stretching, Yoga or Pilates at home could be beneficial to your Bloomsday experience.

Katiah Peterson, Communications Assistant

CHAS Health Patient Services Coordinator named top enroller in WA State!

Lori Bergland, Patient Services Coordinator, has been named the top enroller for Washington State!

Lori meets with patients to help them determine which services might be available to them, as part of that, she helps enroll non-insured patients in Medicaid, Qualified Health Plans, and other managed care plans.

From the period of October 2015 to January 2016, Lori enrolled nearly 1000 patients! That included 597 Washington Apple Health, 148 new qualified health plans, and 190 qualified health plan renewals. The next closest enroller was in King County at 653 patients.

“I have truly enjoyed working in my field for 12 plus years as a Patient Service Coordinator for Community Health Association of Spokane and as a Navigator for Washington Health Plan Finder. It is truly the most rewarding job to be able to help patients at the CHAS clinic and the Spokane community. I have built many relationships with a lot of businesses in Spokane with parents years ago that their kids are having babies that i get to help to this day with Medical Insurance or they referrer a friend or a family member.  I’ve always loved the quote, ‘you are a true success when you help others be successful.’ I am lucky to help others in my career.”

We are very proud of the hard work Lori and the rest of the Patient Services Coordinator team does for our clinics and our community. This award is a true reflection of the dedication they have to improve the lives of our patients.

Colorectal Cancer Screening, on the Path to Success.

CHAS Health received a grant in 2015 through the American Cancer Society, with funding from the Anthem Foundation, to improve the colorectal cancer screening rate at CHAS Maple Street Clinic. During the first six months of the grant, Maple Street’s staff have increased their clinic’s screening rate from 8.8% to 16.7%, with a goal to achieve 25% by April 2016. This goal has been surpassed and we are at 36% screening rate so far this year!

Audrey Fine, Health Systems Manager, Primary Care, Great West Division, American Cancer Society, Inc., discusses colorectal cancer screening efforts with CHAS Maple Street Clinic providers and Medical Assistants

Audrey Fine, Health Systems Manager, Primary Care, Great West Division, American Cancer Society, Inc., discusses colorectal cancer screening efforts with CHAS Maple Street Clinic providers and Medical Assistants

Oftentimes patients schedule a medical visit to address an immediate need, such as congestion or fever. However, a critical component of primary care is prevention. CHAS staff actively encourage patients to receive appropriate cancer screenings. Annual tests can detect cancer of the colon, cervix, and breast at early stages.

Audrey Fine with the American Cancer Society concluded her remarks with CHAS Maple Street Clinic medical staff by sharing a very appropriate quote that beautifully captures the impact of preventative health care:

“The names of the patients whose lives we save can never be known. Our contribution will be what did not happen to them. And, though they are unknown, we will know that mothers and fathers are at graduations and weddings they would have missed, and that grandchildren will know grandparents they might never have known, and holidays will be taken, and work completed, and books read, and symphonies heard, and gardens tended that, without our work, would never have been.”

–Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Excerpted from Dr. Berwick’s plenary address at IHI’s 16th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care (December 2004).

Thank you to the American Cancer Society and Anthem Foundation for their generous financial contribution, and the Cancer Society’s excellent ongoing technical assistance, to help improve access to preventive health care for CHAS patients.