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

Date Authored: July 2, 2020

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Events and Trainings

  • AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series –  AAMC Health Equity Research and Policy celebrated National Minority Health Month with the launch of the Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series. This series will highlight the unique role of academic medicine in the fight for maternal health justice and feature physicians, community leaders, and researchers who are committed to eliminating these inequities. Learn more about the series here or visit the archived webinars here.
  • Training: Medical Interpreter, Bridging the Gap – The Cross Cultural Health Care Program 64-hour, online training teaches foundational medical interpreter skills such as roles of the interpreter, interpreter code of ethics, medical terminology, interpreting in mental health and much more. This professional development opportunity also prepares participants to meet state and national testing requirements. Learn more>>
  • Training: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences – The CDC has developed new training modules for mental health and pediatric medical care providers. The modules address the central role of mental health and pediatric care professionals in understanding, recognizing, preventing and treating adversity in childhood. Learn more>>
  • Training: Suicide Prevention Online Courses – The Suicide Prevention Resource Center self-paced, online courses are designed for clinicians and other service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials and members of community-based coalitions who develop and implement suicide prevention programs and policies. Learn more>>
  • Switchboard Webinar: Psychological First Aid (PFA) during COVID-19 Response – Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based intervention designed to help stabilize and mitigate psychological distress and to facilitate coping and functioning in the immediate aftermath of disasters and other tragic events. Some of the traditional approaches used in PFA must be adapted to fit the needs of a pandemic or epidemic, where the ability to connect with clients, social supports, and community resources may be compromised. This webinar will review the basic principles of PFA while modifying them for the unique context refugee service providers and their clients are currently facing due to COVID-19. Access the archived webinar now!

Community Information and Resources

  • Challenge: Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness & social isolation (MENTAL) Health Innovation – The HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) are pleased to announce the MENTAL Health Innovation Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to increase consumer awareness and use of technology tools that keep racial and minority populations, older adults, people with disabilities and Veterans socially engaged and connected to families, friends, communities and activities of interest. Learn more>>
  • CDC: Resources for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations – CDC created a communication toolkit to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages. Access Communication Toolkit here as well as Print Resources searchable by language here.
  • Switchboard: A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19 – This blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. Key CDC resources are listed first, followed by materials from other sources organized by type (sources include federal, state, and local government agencies, and selected nonprofit organizations). Visit the website>>
  • Switchboard: Please Wear a Cloth Face Covering (Poster Edition) – A poster reminding people to wear a cloth face covering and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others. Available in 18 languages. Learn more>>   
  • Switchboard Guide: Supporting Refugee Students and Families in Home-Based Learning – Refugee service providers can play a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic to foster equity of access to home-based learning. Now more than ever, providers need to liaise between families and schools, help bridge the gaps between them—be they cultural, linguistic, or otherwise—and advocate on behalf of families for the education system to fulfill its duty to equitable access. Taking these steps is essential to ensuring tens of thousands of refugee children and youth are not left behind in the transition to home-based learning. This information guide suggests ideas for getting started. Learn more>> 

Funding and Job Opportunities

  • Somali Health Board is Hiring:
    • Deputy Director: The purpose of this position is to oversee Somali Health Board’s operations, program evaluation oversight and other non-programmatic activities, including human resources, facilities and logistics. This position works in close partnership with the Executive Director.
    • Project Manager: Somali Centering-Motherhood Project is looking for a Project Manager. A successful candidate will reflect the community being served and speak both English and Somali; is able to work sensitively with low income families of diverse ethnic, language, and cultural backgrounds; and understand how structural racism impacts our clients and how to navigate the health care system.