COVID-19 RESPONSE:  Updated December 14, 2020


At Essence Health and Research (EH&R) and Project Thrive, it is our responsibility and duty to help during this crisis and learning time to make sure you have the most up to date, research based, preventative, and clear health information and services to take care of yourself and your family.   As we transition into understanding vaccine development while staying strong on our ability to keep COVID-19 cases down, it will be important to connect more about available services to help sustain health during these times.   

At the current time, services at Essence Health and Research and Project Thrive are considered essential services, but wherever appropriate, those services are shared virtually, and when in person, all public health guidance is followed.  At the current time, in person appointments are made with 1-2 people from the same household at the same time.  Masks are required.   Hand sanitizer, masks, soap, and other sanitation/hygiene items are available at EH&R/Project Thrive for in person visits.  All required sanitation/hygiene public health guidance is followed. 


Essence Health and Research (EH&R) now has a 501c3 nonprofit called Project Thrive (registered as Essence Health and Research Foundation with a Project Thrive trade name) that has a purpose to provide Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits, Clinical Nutrition Services, Public Health education and guidance, and Yoga Instruction to those in need and crisis. 


  • To learn more about Project Thrive, click here.

  • Please use this application to request services.

  • To make a secure tax deductible DONATION, click here.

  • To offer a nonperishable donation to help with Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits (sanitation items and low sugar, saturated fat, and sodium foods), please click here to share more information. 

EH&R released the 1st edition of the Clinical Nutrition Guidance for the Immune System, COVID-19, Flus, Colds, & Mental Health  in April 2020 as a booklet that can be sent by email (.pdf file) so that it can reach the masses to give nutrition and research based info to make choices for foods and supplements at this time to boost the immune system. This is generalized/overall nutrition guidance and it is recommended that you make a one on one appointment at Essence Health and Research to be assessed for vitamin/mineral/macronutrient deficiencies,  nutrition deficiencies in diet, biometrics/body composition, medical history, and more.   A second edition of this booklet will be coming out soon.

Getting a Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis ($50) from recent blood labs will also help assess vitamin/mineral deficiencies, organ health, medical conditions, and processing of food.   A Clinical Nutrition evaluation will also help give you the best nutrition care for autoimmune, chronic inflammatory, and other pre-existing conditions including emotional/mental health.  Look to the Goals For Health 2021 Initiative for ways to save money on these services.  


EH&R and Project Thrive serves Sammamish, WA and surrounding communities along with outreach statewide.  Please reach out with any questions.

Jennifer Coomes, CN, MSCRM, MS, MS, BA, E-RYT

Executive Director/CEO, Clinical Nutritionist, Public Health Manager, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Birth Assistant


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