Dr. Vince Foster is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the Unity Care NW (UCNW) Board of Directors, having served as an EAP provider to the employees of UCNW, (formerly Interfaith CHC), as well having worked with their management in community task force projects over the last 25 years his wife and he have lived in Bellingham.
He is a semi-retired psychologist with a Masters in Addiction Counseling. His professional background includes over 40 years in health care as a mental health services provider along with 22 years as a clinical supervisor and mental health program manager. The clinical services and settings he has worked range from child and family counseling to organizational and clinical consulting and training, with a special interest in the treatment of acute and chronic trauma as well a substance abuse disorders.
His interest in community volunteering started in high school as a tutor. Among a few of the efforts he is proud to be involved in include: helping develop and supervise a program for supporting new mothers in Kitsap County, five years on the Bellingham Community Development Board, volunteer work as a mental health counselor for the Red Cross (including deployment to Mississippi to assist in the Hurricane Katrina response), a clinical member of the Whatcom Skagit Industrial CISM team where he provided psychological support to victims of work place and community traumas (including the Whatcom Creek pipeline explosion and numerous refinery accidents), and participation on a number of community task forces in Whatcom County to advance integrated health care services in Whatcom County. He currently participates on the Whatcom County Opioid Task Force.
He is particularly interested in assisting UCNW to advance their population health perspective because he believes that evidence supports that it is the most cost-effective way to reduce human suffering and to build strong, vibrant and successful communities.