Reminder: Learn more about Verdant’s strategic plan in forums starting October 14

The Verdant Health Commission board said on Tuesday that it had completed its two-year strategic plan based on a recently completed community health needs assessment and would share that information with the community at three forums, from October 14.

More than 500 residents participated in the community health needs assessment and the results informed a two-year strategic plan completed by commissioners, Verdant said in a news release. As part of this process, the board affirmed its fiduciary responsibility to maintain Edmonds Swedish Hospital and to advance the following priorities:

– Mental Health

– Access to health care

– Food safety

– Organizational capacity

Verdant said it would return to pre-pandemic funding levels in 2023 and 2024 and fund $8.2 million annually in grants to community-supporting organizations. This is in addition to the $70 million that has been granted to community organizations over the past 11 years.

To share Verdant’s priorities and answer questions, the commission has scheduled three community forums:

– Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

– Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

– December 6 at noon

Residents are encouraged to attend Community Forums in person at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. SW in Lynnwood or online via Zoom. Registration is also available at or call 425-582-8600 to register to attend an in-person forum.

Harry L. Blanchard