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

Date Authored: November 19, 2021

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Events and Trainings

National Council of Urban Indian Health, MESSENGERS IN HEALTH: VACCINATION – MYTHS VS FACTS – The final topic in NCUIH’s “Messengers in Health” series is Vaccination – Myths vs Facts, where we will discuss vaccine myths vs facts and strategies to help with misinformation and disinformation to assist in vaccine hesitancy. We will conclude with a facilitated discussion between healthcare providers and health care workers on vaccine myths vs facts. When: December 15th, 3:30pm ET. Register Now! 

NRC-RIM:  Listening for Change: Motivational Interviewing Techniques for Client-Facing Staff – Persistent COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is an issue that many service providers continue to face. Join this interactive webinar where panelists working alongside refugee, immigrant and migrant (RIM) communities will discuss the benefits of Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, and provide practical, inclusive approaches. When: December 15th, 12pm PST. Registration information is available here.

Switchboard Webinar: Physical and Mental Health of Yazidi Refugees and Implications for Practice – This webinar will present findings from RHYYC on the physical and mental health needs of Yazidis resettled to Calgary following the 2014 genocide. It will highlight implications for best practices when caring for this population and considerations for other highly vulnerable and acutely traumatized refugees such as the newly arriving refugees from Afghanistan. When: November 23rd, 3pm ET. Register Now!

Community Information and Resources

WIC Temporary Increase in Benefits – WIC’s temporary increase for fruit and vegetable benefits is continuing through December 31, 2021. WIC participants will get more money for frozen fruits and vegetables each month. More information is available here. Translated information is available here.

Funding and Job Opportunities

Harborview Medical Center’s (HMC) Interpreter Services is Hiring! 

Assistance Nurse Manager – This is a 100% FTE (40 hours per week), Day Shift, Assistant Nurse Manager (RN3) position to oversee the Community House Calls program and promotion of cultural humble care.

King County’s Digital Equity Grants:

King County is providing $2 million in grants to provide funding to organizations that promote digital equity, providing services to communities that face barriers to accessing digital services such as tech devices, internet connection and digital literacy, and have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about it HERE or access the application at this link.

Information and Resources – New Arrivals from Afghanistan


University of Minnesota e-course:  Caring for Newly Arrived Afghans – Developed by the Global Medicine at the University of Minnesota, this four-hour course, composed of recorded lectures and interactive lessons, helps prepare providers to serve newly arrived Afghans. It covers topics ranging from Operation: Allies Welcome to Afghan cultural background, general and skin medical exams, and mental health care, to clinical observations from practitioners at welcome centers and in receiving states.


DSHS Welcoming Afghans to Washington State website provides information and resources regarding resettlement, public benefits and supportive services.

DOH Afghan Health Resources website provides fact sheets, webinars, videos and other health resources to support new arrivals from Afghanistan.


Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center Translated TB resources – In response to Operation Allies Welcome, which recently brought Afghan refugees to the United States, SNTC has developed tools to aid TB healthcare providers caring for these newcomers, including a cultural quick reference guide, and translated TB resources. More information is available here.

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