Designs sought for County’s new community wellness van

Posted July 27, 2022 at 4:05 pm by

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San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices sends along their request for some help from San Juan Islands artists.

The Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices Depart­ment is get­ting a com­mu­ni­ty well­ness van that will allow us to take our pub­lic health ser­vices to our San Juan Coun­ty com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers where they live, work, and play. The Luci B Com­mu­ni­ty Well­ness Van will be used for immu­niza­tion clin­ics, repro­duc­tive health coun­sel­ing clin­ics, home- and com­mu­ni­ty-vis­it­ing ser­vices, pub­lic health com­mu­ni­ty out­reach and edu­ca­tion work, well­ness and screen­ing events, health and nutri­tion edu­ca­tion events, pub­lic health emer­gency response efforts, and den­tal clinics.

We have named our com­mu­ni­ty well­ness van after Lucin­da Eliz­a­beth Stew­ard Boyce (1835–1916). Lucin­da served as a com­mu­ni­ty leader on San Juan Island and as a role mod­el for hun­dreds of women who braved the stren­u­ous con­di­tions of the island’s ear­ly set­tle­ment years. She arrived on San Juan Island in 1860 and served as a com­pas­sion­ate nurse and mid­wife, deliv­er­ing more than 500 babies and ven­tur­ing out in any weath­er (and to out­er islands) to care for the sick and injured. Endurance, inge­nu­ity, and a rugged phys­i­cal and men­tal dis­po­si­tion were nec­es­sary for set­tler women to sur­vive in the ear­ly days — but Lucin­da didn’t just endure, she thrived. She stepped up and took on the roles of doc­tor, nurse, and mid­wife. Lucin­da admin­is­tered care to all who need­ed it, respond­ing to med­ical calls any time of the night or day — regard­less of the dis­tance or weath­er. She would ride horse­back or dri­ve a bug­gy over harsh ter­rain, pad­dle a canoe, or take a row­boat to Orcas, Shaw, Stu­art, or Wal­dron. Lucin­da was known for her kind­ness and com­pas­sion to all.

We’ve cho­sen to name our new com­mu­ni­ty well­ness van Luci B in hon­or of Lucin­da Boyce. We believe our team of pub­lic health staff car­ry on Lucinda’s mis­sion and embody her deter­mi­na­tion, indomitable spir­it, warmth, joy of liv­ing, and kind­ness for all per­sons — work­ing to over­come all obsta­cles and pro­mote well­ness for those liv­ing in the San Juan Islands.

As you can see from the pho­to, our van does not have a design on the out­side yet. Help us come up with a design con­cept for Luci B by sub­mit­ting a con­test entry now through Sat­ur­day, Aug. 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. Vis­it the well­ness van sec­tion of our web­site for more details and infor­ma­tion on how to sub­mit your entry.

If you have ques­tions, con­tact us by email or call 360–774-9350. All San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents are invit­ed to apply. Chil­dren under the age of 18 must have par­ent per­mis­sion to sub­mit a con­test entry. The win­ner of the design con­cept con­test will be announced on or after Fri­day, Aug. 26 and will be rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tion to the new com­mu­ni­ty well­ness van project.

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