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Dr. Ritika Chandra Selected as an Equity Hero

Dr. Ritika Chandra, LYN Dental Clinical Director, was selected as one of DentaQuest’s 2020 Health Equity Heroes—a Hero in the Age of COVID-19. Her contributions in developing our teledentistry program, to address equity related to health care in these challenging times, has not gone unnoticed. Dr. Chandra was one of twelve individuals from across the […]

Dr. Chris Smith Awarded University of Washington’s “Preceptor of the Year”

Dr. Chris Smith, EDM Dental Clinical Director, was awarded “Preceptor of the Year” by the University of Washington School of Dentistry. This award was voted on by the recently graduated class of dental students, from among over thirty preceptors at different health center sites. Dr. Smith has been working with UW dental students since 2016. […]

CHC earns Patient-Centered Medical Home certification

Community Health Center of Snohomish County (CHC) has achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Certification distinguishes this medical home from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. We have met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.

More Snohomish County health professionals ready to offer opioid drug treatment

After Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his plans to battle the opioid crisis, dozens of medical professionals in Snohomish County are now ready to help on the front lines by making it easier for opioid sufferers to get the help they need. They have completed training to prescribe a controversial drug designed to help addicts overcome the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that often stop them from getting clean.

Primary care doctors train to take on opioid addiction

EVERETT — Dr. Tom Tocher wants primary care physicians to play a bigger role in opioid addiction treatment. Last summer, about 40 health care providers at Community Health Center of Snohomish County completed training to prescribe Suboxone, a medication that alleviates opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The trainees included every doctor who sees adult patients at CHC’s seven clinics, said Tocher, chief clinical director of the nonprofit. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” he said. People shouldn’t have to go out of their way to get treatment for opioid addiction, he said. Equipping primary care physicians with the ability to prescribe Suboxone gives patients more comfort, convenience and privacy. “It’s just like a regular doctor’s visit and nobody needs to know,” Tocher said. Snohomish County is in the middle of a crisis. In the past decade, hundreds of people have died from overdoses caused by opioids, a category that includes heroin and fentanyl as well as common painkillers, according to the Snohomish Health District. Tocher said he was one of the first doctors in the state to start prescribing Suboxone, back in 2003. Because of the scarcity of providers at the time, he said, he had patients show up to his office from as far as Seattle and Lynden. He’s been on the Suboxone bandwagon ever since. Throughout the years, he has seen people’s lives perform 180-degree turns as a result of the medication, he said. Want stories? “How much time do you have?” he asked. An Army veteran got addicted to opiates after he injured discs in his neck and back. He said his life went into ruins. Then he started Suboxone treatment and things got better. He went from living in his mother’s basement to managing a grocery store. One woman Tocher saw was swiping buprenorphine, the generic version of Suboxone, from a friend because she was scared to see a doctor for her addiction. Tocher said he got her on a prescription and she has led a more stable life. He wants everyone to know they can get help. So far, CHC is prescribing Suboxone to about 190 patients. That should ramp up, Tocher said, especially when doctors transition from their first year, when they can only see 30 patients, to seeing up to 100 patients in their second year. Those caps are set by federal laws. He said he wanted to give his doctors a gradual start, but that he expects them to eventually take on a full load of patients. That means the nonprofit could see a total of 4,000 patients after the first year. Still, Tocher said, CHC can only do so much by itself. If everyone suffering from addiction in the county is going to get treatment, more doctors will need to sign up, he said. The training isn’t hard. It’s eight hours for doctors, and 24 hours for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. But there’s still stigma in the medical community about treating addiction with medications like Suboxone or methadone, Tocher said. Some doctors tell him that it’s just replacing one drug with another. He hopes that perspective changes and that more providers see addiction like any other disease. Doctors wouldn’t deny insulin to someone with diabetes, he said. “We don’t apply these kinds of judgments to other ailments people have,” he said. Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan Twitter:@zachariahtb.

CHC of Snohomish County Offers Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Nation is in an opioid epidemic. In 2017, 72,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses. Of those, 49,060 were from opioids - up from the previous year. Snohomish County is seeing some of the worst of it, being second only to King County in Washington State with 100 opioid overdose deaths in 2017. This is a problem for our community, but there's help. Community Health Center of Snohomish County provides opioid addiction treatment to adults who are addicted to opiates and meet admission criteria. To learn more about Community Health Center's Medically Assisted Treatment Program, or M-A-T Program, The Everett Post's Tavis Buchan spoke with CHC's Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Tom Tocher. Listen to the conversation here, and find more resources below... Addiction is a serious matter. If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction, learn more about what CHC has to offer at any of their 7 locations in Snohomish County at or call 425-789-3789.

Better Access to Oral Health Needed For All

By Sue Yoon and Rachel Greene Low-income families, particularly kids, are lacking dental care and the well-being it provides. Middle school was when Anna, a patient, said she first became aware that others noticed her poor oral health. But it wasn’t the last time she said that she felt deeply ashamed about the condition of […]

CHC on KOMO4 News

Community Health Center of Snohomish County’s CEO, Bob Farrell, at Edmonds Clinic, was on KOMO4 News November 9th reminding the community that CHC is open to all and that our priority is to serve you with access to quality primary health care.

New Everett-College Clinic opens November 13th!

We’re very excited to announce that we will be opening a new location in Everett on November 13th! As of November 6th, ownership of Providence Everett Clinic will be transferred to Community Health Center of Snohomish County. Our grand opening will be on the 13th to see patients and we’re happy to say that current […]