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Features: July/August 2016

Heart Attack Patient Education Materials


New Image flyer and brochure with visual and written information about heart attack symptoms, emergency response and prevention. Developed with community input and in partnership with King County EMS's Vulnerable Populations Strategic Initiative. 

To view more materials related to heart health and illness in multiple other languages, click here.

Summer Spotlight

sun imageSummer safety issues include sun exposure, water safety concerns, and use of fireworks or concern about fire. Selected resources on these and other topics:

MedlinePlus:  Child safety resources in multiple languages.

Healthy Roads Media: Emergency topics (heat illness, fire safety, flooding, etc) in multiple languages and formats - check out free media library and handouts.

Health Reach: Information about fire safety at home and wildfire prevention in a number of languages and formats.

Seattle Children's Hospital & Medical Center:  Many safety and injury prevention topics.

Summer Feeding Program:  The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, the USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

Recent Features

What are mammograms and Breast Cancer - a Guide for Somali Women

Somali Mammogram Provider Patient

This 18-minute video slideshow presentation, narrated in Somali with optional English subtitles, is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about mammograms and breast cancer. It is culturally tailored to reflect common questions and concerns, with a focus on addressing major barriers to screening. It includes images of the various stages of the mammogram process and signs/symptoms of breast cancer.

How Foods Affect Blood Sugar: A Guide for Latino Patients with Diabetes


This bilingual presentation is intended to be used by clinicians during discussion with patients about carbohydrates and blood glucose. It is culturally tailored to reflect foods commonly consumed by Latino Americans and includes photos of foods, meal comparisons, and portion sizes. Also, includes tips for eating healthily during holidays, and cooking tips. Authored by Elizabeth Hulbrock.

View other similar guides tailored for Cambodian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Somali and Vietnamese patients with diabetes. 

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Local Health Advisory

An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for King County by the National Weather Service for Thursday 8/18 through Saturday Evening 8/20.  An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected that will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.  The temperatures will be in the upper 80s to mid-90s and overnight lows will be mostly in the 50s except in lower 60s in urban areas. Please follow this link to the county's website for heat related messaging, including translations in other languages.

Refugee Health Weekly Roundup

This summary is compiled by the Washington State Department of Health Refugee Health Program. The Weekly Roundup highlights upcoming events and opportunities, resources and news relevant to refugee health. Some information is local to WA, but also what's on the national agenda. Read the latest edition of the Refugee Health Weekly Roundup.

Migrant Children and Health

The Migrant Children and Health Campaign has created a video featuring leaders in immigrant and refugee health advocacy introducing the facts about migrant children health and the continued history of racial and ethnic disease scaremongering in the U.S. For more information about this Campaign and to view the video "Migrant Children and Health: Borders, Boundaries, and Bigotry" click here.

Torture Resources

Resources for clinicians and advocates around issues of torture, often related to warfare and political repression.  Includes information about Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) coalition serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in Washington State.  Visit Caring for Survivors of Torture page for additional information.