RALEIGH, N.C. — As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday.
About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 late Wednesday, the measure was speeding through its lone committee hearing, and it had cleared the Senate and the House by mid-afternoon Thursday. Cooper then quickly signed the bill into law.
“We are a welcoming state – our people are welcoming – but House Bill 2 was not,” Cooper said during an afternoon news conference. “Today, our laws are catching up with our people.”
Today we closed the doors at SAN for the last time. Staff came together to say goodbye to SAN as we have know it for the last 31 years. Sad day for SAN’s staff, Board of Directors and clients. Thank you for all the wonderful memories over the years. Here’s to making new ones in the future!
Last Fall, SAN announced that they were not awarded a contract with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to provide HIV care and prevention services. After 31 years of tirelessly serving the community, SAN has transitioned all medical case management and HIV prevention services to Spokane Regional Health Department (SRHD) for continued care. SRHD will be funded by DOH to maintain these services moving forward. In the Wenatchee, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties these services were awarded to Confluence Health, following the same transition timeline.
Avista Corp. has been and will continue to be an integral part of each community we serve. As such, our company is committed to the maximum utilization of all human resources and the goal of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and as a Federal Contractor, renews that commitment each year. Please visit our website, www.avistacorp.com/careers , for a listing of current job openings.
Avista is committed to diversity in our workforce. We will create an environment that values diversity and mutual respect and is free from harassment or discrimination for employees, applicants, customers, suppliers and other contacts in all aspects of our daily operations. Our contractors and subcontractors are also obliged to comply with Executive Order 11246 and its implementing regulations.
We will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or any other classification protected by non-discrimination law. Furthermore, we will continue to provide Equal Employment Opportunity for individuals serving in the Military, the National Guard and Reserves, and Veterans of the U.S. Military.
Thank you for assisting us in our continued commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
Jen Crouse, SHRM-CP, PHR
What’s the long-term plan for your business? Considering your business exit strategy
Do you know how you are going to exit your business? You may have a dream of going public, selling to the highest bidder, or retiring and handing over your business legacy to your family.
The truth is that many small business owners have no exit strategy for their businesses in the event of their disability, retirement, or death. You might be struggling to find time to run your business, focusing on growth and maintaining current income levels, but this is not a sustainable strategy.
Develop a Succession Plan
There is no “one plan fits all” when it comes to developing a succession plan for your business. But following SCORE’s recommended five steps to succession planning (including choosing and training a successor) can help provide some practical direction and deliver the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your life’s achievement is in good hands.
Join INBA and the Small Business Administration: Succession Planning 101
When: Wednesday, 3/22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W Main Ave
Black Violin will be in Spokane for ONE performance on April 1, 2017, 8pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. For tickets visit foxtheaterspokane.com or call 509-624-1200. Black Lens Subscribers and Partners receive special pricing, contact The Black Lens at 509-795-1964 for information.
Break Bread, Make Connections
On May 18, SAGE and AARP are launching a movement to build intergenerational connections in the LGBT community.
On that day, we are inviting LGBT people and our allies to break bread in homes, workplaces and community organizations. Together, we will explore what caring for one another will look like when age no longer divides us.
Find out more here about how to begin breaking bread with your local LGBT family (and thousands more nationally) on May 18, 2017.
Social determinants of health
The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.
Speaking at the March INBA networking luncheon at the Lincoln Center on March 8, Brian Myers extended the conversation to INBA members and guests on behalf of Empire Health Foundation.
Brian directs the Foundation’s Rural Aging Services Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice. He also oversees the design and implementation of the Capacity Building Program, helping bring over $210 million of outside funding to Eastern Washington and catalyzing partnerships to address social determinants of health. Brian earned his B.A. from San Francisco State University. His past experience includes education and nonprofits. Prior to moving to Spokane, he was with TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise that increases the capacity of other nonprofits. He is an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer. Continue reading March Networking Lunch Recap: Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation
Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative became final in February, and with that, Group Health’s more than 651,000 members and more than 6,000 employees in Washington are now part of the largest integrated health system in the nation. With the acquisition, Kaiser Permanente now serves more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, providing both care and coverage.
Through this acquisition, Kaiser Permanente expects to better meet the needs of individuals as well as large commercial and national accounts with employees who live and work in Washington. The move will bring Kaiser Permanente’s high-quality, affordable and accessible health care to an additional 19 counties in Washington State, with 25 primary care clinics in 17 cities, three urgent-care facilities, and four outpatient surgery centers. Kaiser Permanente will invest $1billion over the next decade to expand and modernize facilities and technology, and to improve care and service. There are no immediate changes to the member care and coverage.
For more information, read the full press release here:
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisors to Kaiser Permanente in the transaction.
The 21st edition of the Inland Northwest Business Directory has arrived! Inside you’ll find resources from over 200 members of the Inland Northwest’s progressive LGBTA business chamber. Check out the online version of the directory as we add more members throughout the year.
Within the next few weeks, directories will be distributed to the list of locations below. If you or your business want to distribute the directories too, call INBA offices at 509-455-3699 and we’ll provide you with a full box (80) or half box (40) of directories plus branded holders that hold 10. Continue reading The 2017 INBA Business Directory is HERE!