Gearing up to boost HPV vaccine awareness

Boost_HPV_awarenessIncreasing the number of kids who get fully vaccinated against HPV, a virus that can cause cancer, is the objective of a $200,000 awareness campaign being launched by the Group Health Foundation this year. The campaign, which is made possible thanks to donor support, is designed to boost awareness of the importance of the HPV vaccine, its ability to prevent cancer, and the need for both boys and girls to receive all three HPV vaccinations when they’re 11 or 12 years old.
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Together, we’re making a difference

Foundation President Diana Birkett Rakow

Foundation President Diana Birkett Rakow

Dear Friends & Supporters,

As I read through the stories about the Foundation, I am once again awed by the powerful impact of people working together toward shared goals. Here are just a few of your achievements in the last months:

  • Because of your gifts, our orthopedic patients have access to ultrasound equipment for diagnosis, and our oncology patients have the most up-to-date infusion pumps for chemotherapy.
  • Because of you, the Foundation was able to donate $80,000 to keep Auburn’s only public health clinic open, providing critical women’s health, nutrition, and preventive care services not available anywhere else in this community.
  • Because of you, we donated 1,500 flu vaccines last fall to the free Seattle-King County Clinic, serving patients in need with medical, dental, lab, and vision needs. More than 1,000 adults at the clinic received flu shots, and about 500 extra doses went to free flu clinics for the homeless.

That’s what we do, together, as the Group Health Foundation. We make life and health better for people in communities across our state. We’ve provided immunizations, emphasized prevention, and helped manage chronic diseases for thousands and thousands of people, and there’s still so much more to do.

You make a difference in the lives of many, as part of the Group Health Foundation.

Diana Rakow First Name




Foundation answers call for help in King County

Donor_dollars_fund_flu_vaccineWith help from the Group Health Foundation, more than 1,000 people received flu vaccines at Seattle’s first-ever Seattle/King County Clinic. The health clinic, which spanned four days, was held at KeyArena last October and provided free medical, vision, and dental care to more than 3,400 low-income patients.

“Three weeks before the event, we got a call from the organizers that their flu vaccine vendor couldn’t provide vaccine for the clinic,” says Theresa Tamura, executive director, Philanthropy & Community Engagement at Group Health. “Through Group Health channels we located the vaccine, and the Group Health Foundation funded it through our Childhood Immunization Initiative.” Read more…

Giving back: An easy choice for Norm and Ann Gosch

Norm_and_Ann_Gosch_givingbackNorman Gosch, MD, can trace his positive impression of Group Health all the way back to his childhood in Nebraska. “My aunt’s sister became a supervisor in the Surgery Department at Group Health in the late 1940s, and she said good things about the organization,” he remembers.

After becoming a physician and working in private practice in Oregon for a number of years, Norm applied for a position at Group Health and was hired as a family physician at the Federal Way clinic in 1985. Until he retired from the organization in 2004, he worked in family medicine and urgent care at several of Group Health’s South Sound clinics. He was chief of the Urgent Care Center in Tacoma when the facility opened in the early 1990s. Read more…

Seed money brings imaging to the exam room


Dr. Adelman uses a portable ultrasound machine to diagnose a shoulder injury.

When he was in private practice, orthopedic surgeon Sean Adelman, MD, had a theory. He believed that he could more effectively diagnose certain shoulder injuries using a portable ultrasound device during patient visits instead of ordering a more expensive MRI. If he was right, he could reduce the number of expensive imaging tests needed, and also save patients’ time. Read more…


Be a part of the VacciNation

Help spread the word by sharing some facts about vaccinations:

I Vaccinate (Group Health)

Watch below to learn about molasses disease.

Measles: one of every 10 children with measles will have an ear infection that can lead to permanent hearing loss (Group Health)

Measles: one of every 20 children with measles will develop pneumonia. (Group Health)

Measles: one of every 1,000 children with measles will develop swelling if the brain. (Group Health)

VacciNation: Be a part of the VacciNation (Group Health)

Don't hold your horses. Vaccinate. (Group Health)

Be a hero. Take the shot. (Group Health)

Join the pack. Vaccinate. (Group Health)

Sneak Peek! Gala live auction & raffle

View from the suite at CenturyLink Field

View from the suite at CenturyLink Field

Live Auction Item: Private Suite for 12 to see the Seattle Seahawks!

Cheer on the Hawks in luxury as they take on the Arizona Cardinals on November 23 at 1:05 p.m. This fantastic package includes three parking passes and more than enough food and drink to keep any football fan happy.

Top-notch raffle prizes include: 

  • Hawai’i is Calling: 8-day stay in Kailua-Kona including round-trip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines
  • Wine Spectacular: 24 bottles of celebrated fine wines in a modular wine rack
  • Cabo-a-Go-Go: 8-day stay in Cabo San Lucas, including $1,000 toward airfare
  • Goooaaalll! Private suite at a 2015 Sounders game for 24 fans
  • Time to Sparkle! Stunning 14K white gold diamond pendant and chain
  • A Meal with a View: $750 gift certificate at award-winning Canlis restaurant

Raffle tickets can be purchased during the cocktail reception beginning at 6 p.m. for $50 each or 3 for $125.