Author(s): Refugee Health Program, Washington State Department of Health

Date Authored: April 22, 2022

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Events and Trainings

Salud America! and Genentech: Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Doctor’s Office and Research Studies Identity and Inclusion -This webinar will feature guest speakers to help health care professionals understand implicit bias, “rewire” it toward compassion for patients and research participants of color and engage local leaders in implementing implicit bias training on a greater scale. When: April 25th, 3:00pm ET. Register Here!

HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP): Move Your Way® Webinar: The Physical Activity Guidelines in Action! – On April 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET, ODPHP will host an informational webinar highlighting success stories and lessons learned from select Move Your Way pilot communities. Join the conversation and learn about effective strategies from our pilot communities for using Move Your Way community resources. Learn more about the event here>>

Pierce County Immunization Coalition: What’s Up Doc: Vaccines of the Future – Learn about upcoming vaccine technologies and the future of disease prevention with Dr. Deborah Fuller, UW Microbiology and Washington National Primate Research Center! This is the first webinar in a series of three provider education webinars:

  • April 22: Vaccines of the Future
  • May 6: How to Keep Immunization Rates High in a Short-Staffed Environment – Lummi Tribal Health Center, Virginia Mason Franciscan University Village, Allegro Pediatrics and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
  • May 13: Navigating Polarizing Vaccine Conversations – Dr. Gretchen LaSalle

WCAAP: Ask a Doctor: Community Webinar for Families Speaking Ukrainian and Russian– WCAAP will be hosting community webinars called “Ask a Doctor”, specifically designed as forums for the Ukrainian and Russian families in Washington State. WCAAP is honored to have Dr. Tetyana Odarich, a provider that is fluent in both Ukrainian and Russian, facilitate these conversations and answer questions. Topics that will be covered include a range of relevant pediatric topics including fear, trauma, anxiety and child preventive health. Learn more>>

Hep B United Webinar: Hepatitis B Outreach Among South Asian Communities in the US – Hepatitis B is endemic in South Asia and highly impacts people of South Asian origin in the United States. Panelists will share efforts to eliminate hepatitis B inequities among South Asian communities in the U.S. including programs to raise awareness, education, provide viral hepatitis screening, vaccination and referral services. Find the Webinar here>>

CORE: More Translated Pashto Resources for Afghan Newcomers – Now available new Pashto fact sheets and videos covering essential topics such as education, employment, housing, healthcare, public transportation, and the role of the resettlement agency. Learn more>>

CORE: NEW Training Resources for Working with Afghan Newcomers – In addition to CORE’s Afghan Backgrounder, staff and partners can use additional new resources as they engage and work with Afghan Newcomers. Learn more>>

Community Information and Resources

Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Pediatric Toolkit for Providers:

Switchboard Guide: School Enrollment for Students in Temporary Housing – Switchboard’s new guide discusses school enrollment for children and youth who are facing this circumstance.
Click here to download the guide!

Other Switchboard Resources:

  • Supporting the Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) States: This toolkit responds to the identified needs of Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) States and recognizes their commitment to supporting the mental health and wellness of refugees and asylum seekers. Click here to access the tool!
  • Rental Assistance Call to Action: The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed the CFPB Look Up Tool, an online director of federal rent and utility assistance programs available to tenants and landlords. The purpose of this toolkit is to help raise awareness about the rental assistance resources available. Learn more>>

Funding and Job Opportunities

The WDSHS ORIA is Hiring!

ORIA Program Manager – This role will manage the ORIA Refugee School Impact Program and the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program, which are statewide initiatives that serve refugee and other eligible immigrant youth. This position will administer and oversee grants and contracts with providers in communities that are specific to improving the independence and wellbeing of refugee youth in Washington State.

WA State Department of Commerce: Notice of funding opportunity – Competitive grants available to counties to stabilize Ukrainian refugees:

  • The Department of Commerce is making an estimated $5.2 million available to Washington counties to support newly arriving refugees from the Russia-Ukraine war. Counties may choose, at their discretion, to subcontract grant funds to one or multiple nonprofits, Tribes, or other organizations with technical and cultural expertise with refugees. View the NOFO here>>
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