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

Date Authored: September 9, 2022

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Events and Trainings

  • Fall Health and Wellness Fair (King County) – Nashi Immigrants Health Board  is a non-profit organization that partners with Ukrainian and Russian speaking communities in WA state to meet the broad range of health and social needs of the community. Nashi will be featuring a Back-to-School event that will focus on providing the children in our community with health and wellness support in preparation for new school year. When: September 18th, 12-5pm. Learn more>>
  • Spokane Slavic Association Health Fair – Spokane Slavic Association is holding a Health Fair on Monday, September 12. Visitors to the event can get health care information from the Spokane Regional Health District (SHRD), CHAS health, and other participants. SHRD also will help people make vaccination appointments. When: Monday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the THRIVE Center, 110 E 4th Avenue in Spokane. View an in-language e-flyer here>>
  • Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Resources for Children’s Immunizations – Information on locations in Pierce County which provide free vaccines for children is available here>>
  • Public Health Seattle and King County information about back-to-school vaccine clinics – Stepping Stone Pediatrics, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, and MultiCare are hosting clinics throughout South King County in collaboration with school districts and community-based organizations. Clinics will offer COVID vaccine plus all vaccines required for K-12 school entry. Vaccines are available for children ages 0-18. Vaccines at these clinics are free and you don’t need insurance or proof of immigration status. Learn more>>
  • Switchboard Course: Cultural and Practical Considerations for Working with Afghan Clients – Switchboard is pleased to announce a free online certificate course on Cultural and Practical Considerations for Working with Afghan Clients. This course will be useful for all resettlement service providers working with Afghan clients. See course dates below and learn more here>>
    – Sep 13, 2022 11:00 AM, PT
    – Sep 20, 2022 11:00 AM, PT
    – Sep 27, 2022 11:00 AM, PT
  • Switchboard Webinar: Practical Considerations for Involving Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants in Creating Public Health Messaging – Join this webinar where panelists will discuss cultural validation (CV) – an intentional practice that includes refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities in producing tailored and meaningful messaging. Webinar participants will learn about best practices and tips for cultural validation from the newly developed Cultural Validation and Translation Review Toolkit When: September 14th, 11am PT. Learn more>>
  • NRCRIM: On-Demand Trusted Messenger Training – The pandemic has confirmed what many people already knew: that trusted messengers have incredible influence in their communities, and it is worth the investment of time and patience to be able to have effective conversations with others. The lessons learned through this training can be applied to not just COVID-19, but other public health measures around routine vaccinations, monkeypox, and other infectious diseases. Learn more>>
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: COVID-19 Boosters, Yearly Vaccines, and Variant-specific Vaccines: What’s Next? – Attendees will learn to interpret and employ new or updated vaccine information, discuss vaccine-related information with patients and their families, provide science-based resources to patients and their families who are seeking additional information, and describe considerations related to the COVID-19 booster and sub-variant vaccine approach. When: Sept. 14, 2022, noon – 1 p.m. ET. Learn more>>

Community Information and Resources

  • WA DOH: MPV Fact Sheet: 
  • What you need to know about MPV (monkeypox) is available in 13 languages: English Arabic Spanish Cambodian (Khmer) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Korean PunjabiRussian Somali Tagalog Ukrainian Vietnamese . Learn more about MPV HERE>>
  • VaccinateWA and DOH Discussion Guide: Building Vaccine Confidence in the COVID-19 Boosters – As COVID-19 cases remain high, it is important to keep up to date with boosters. Check out VaccinateWA.org new resource from DOH for health care providers/partners to help build confidence in boosters. Find the Guide here>>
  • Switchboard Guide: Partnering with Parents and Families to Support Immigrant and Refugee Children at School– This guide outlines programs that engage communities and community organizations to build effective and easily accessible mental health services for children and youth. Learn more>>
  • Public Health Insider Blog Posts:
    – BACK-TO-SCHOOL AND COVID-19: WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW – Back-to-school means kids spending more time indoors where it’s easier to spread germs like the common cold, flu, and COVID-19. Find out what there is to know about this year’s school COVID-19 safety guidance. Read the blog here>>
    – WHEN CAN I GET THE UPDATED COVID BOOSTER? WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR – An updated booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner. Here is what we expect about the availability and eligibility for the new booster shot. Learn more>>
    – FREE CLINICS TO CHECK IMMUNIZATIONS OFF YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIST – This year, it’s easier than ever to get caught up on vaccines at one of many back-to-school clinics in south King County. Learn more>>

Funding and Job Opportunities

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