The mission of WhatcomCares is to provide current comprehensive online information and better access to services and resources for those living with long-term chronic or serious illness or facing end-of-life in Whatcom County.
We recognize that there are already many resources in our community to serve this population, but also noticed that those needing services often have difficulty finding the right resources. The development of an integrated website was one of the key recommendations in the “Community Education and Activation” section of the Northwest Life Passages Coalition’s Blueprint for Creating a Community of Care and Support for People with Serious Illness. This website was funded through a generous grant from the River Styx Foundation and is managed by the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University.
We hope that this this website will link traditional inpatient and outpatient palliative and end-of-life care, complementary and alternative care, spiritual care, and other ancillary services or supports, both formal and informal, including a library and other informational videos and articles related to serious illness and end-of-life and community stories.