Latest Updates from Heart to Heart

Construction Design Begins for First Owned Central Office

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart’s Board of Directors approved an offer of $399,000 for a section of land on West Poplar Street, which was accepted by the owner. So begins the design and feasibility processes for building our first owned facility! We look forward to bringing our Walla Walla staff together in one place, and laying the groundwork for opening an academic center, the Center for Rural Responses to Substance Use. Watch this space in 2022 for more details as the work unfolds.

by Everett Maroon November 20, 2021

$402,000 Awarded for Drug User Health Equity

We are thrilled to announce a contract award from the Washington State Department of Health to increase health equity for people using syringe service programs (SSPs) in our state. This program will help get SSP participants vaccinated for COVID-19, and funds the creation of a mobile clinic to help our staff bring critical clinical services to geographically isolated communities. HIV, hepatitis C, and STI testing, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus, shingles, influenza, and COVID-19 will all be part of our toolkit, along with our harm reduction services.

by Everett Maroon October 16, 2021

Board of Directors Approves New Strategic Plan

In December 2020, the Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan to expand on the work of BMHTH over the last six years and further our programming over the next 1-5 years. You can read the whole strategic plan soon on this site. Highlights include:

  • Diversifying Board membership, instituting a new recruitment strategy, and increasing geographic representation
  • Aligning our service strategy more to regional service gaps
  • Creating a new Center for Rural Responses to Substance Use
  • Growing our capacity by hiring a development director and opening our first capital campaign

by Everett Maroon February 5, 2021

Vaccination Program Begins in Walla Walla

The Syringe Services Program (SSP) at 1520 Kelly Place will begin offering tetanus, shingles, and hepatitis A vaccinations for program participants on Monday, September 28, 2020. This SSP site will also conduct COVID-19 testing for clients who are concerned about having contracted the virus, or who have symptoms and request a test. The vaccine and testing program are possible using supplies from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. We are grateful for their partnership. For more details, see the Union-Bulletin article on this critical new program.

by Everett Maroon September 27, 2020

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