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

Date Authored: April 6, 2021

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Events and Trainings

Washington State Department of Health: Addressing Patient Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines – This webinar, hosted by the Department of Health, will include discussion on how our state’s experts are addressing vaccine hesitancy with patients. This webinar is for all health care professionals. Register to watch the archived webinar>>

AUCD, ASTHO, and NACCHO: Promising practices for reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and disseminating accessible messages – This webinar is part of the COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities (PWD) Webinar Series brought by AUCD, ASTHO and NACCHO. When: April 7, 1:00-2:00pm ET. Register Now!

University of Minnesota: Health Disparities Roundtable: Disparities in COVID-19 — Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population– The Health Equity Work Group at the UMN School of Public Health is pleased to host the annual Health Disparities Roundtable. Join keynote speakers Rachel Hardeman, Camara Phyllis Jones, and Michael Osterholm, for a timely conversation, moderated by Jaime Slaughter-Acey, that will explore COVID-19 policy considerations and vaccination strategies through a lens of social justice and structural racism. When: April 16th, 10:00a, ET. Register Now!

NTNC Webinar Trauma-Informed Care: Caring for Ourselves While We Care for Others – This webinar is intended for nurses who treat and manage the care of patients with TB and LTBI. When: April 7, 2021 03:00pm ET. Register Now!

University of Washington: Hepatitis C Conference – The conference will explore the nuances of providing care to this population through an intersectional lens. The audience is primarily advanced practicing providers and students, and other interested healthcare providers in the primary care, urgent care, and inpatient settings. When: April 16th, 8:00am-4:30pm. Learn more>>

Network of Public Health Law: Housing Matters: Legal and Policy Approaches to Preventing Housing Instability – In this webinar hosted by the Network for Public Health Law, learn about key state and legislative approaches to addressing eviction and housing instability and how these issues are public health problems. Learn more>>

Switchboard: Engaging Public Sector Stakeholders to Prepare for Welcoming More Refugees – This webinar will provide key strategies on this timely topic, whether you are looking to engage public schools, public health departments, or other public actors. This training accompanies Switchboard’s new info guide Engaging Public Sector Stakeholders to Prepare for Welcoming More Refugees. When: April 7, 2:00pm ET. Register Now!

ACF: Continuing Education: SOAR to Health and Wellness – This free, two-hour live SOAR to Health and Wellness training, offered by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Administration for Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons and the HHS Office on Women’s Health, teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. This training offers CE/CME credits for physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, social workers, public health professionals, and health education specialists. When: May 19th, 1:00pm ET. Register Now!

Community Information and Resources

Washington Health Benefit Exchange: Extending Special Enrollment Period for Washingtonians Seeking Health Coverage through August 15, 2021 – Due to recent federal action bringing new savings opportunities to current and new individual health insurance market customers, Washington Healthplanfinder is extending the current special enrollment period from May 15 through August 15. Learn more >>

IRC COVID Champions: Trusted Faith Leaders – International Rescue Committee in Atlanta partnered with trusted faith leaders to create videos supporting vaccine acceptance.

Ethnomed: Fasting Holidays Resources:

  • Abiy Tsom – March 8 – May 2, 2021 is Abiy Tsom, the Ethiopian Orthodox Great Holy Lent Fast lasting 55 days culminating on Easter, observed by followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The fast Is applicable to all persons older than 13 years of age and involves total abstention from meat, dairy products and eggs. Good Friday to Easter Sunday, there is total abstention from everything taken orally. Read more about the fast, medical implications and recommendations.
  • Ramadan – It is anticipated that Ramadan will start April 13th and last for 30 days until May 12th. In the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan beginning on the sunset of Monday, April 12th. During Ramadan, Muslims will abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. There can be medical and scheduling implications of fasting for some patients. Read more, including about fasting exemptions and extra fasting, and considerations around PPE and vaccine during Ramadan.

Switchboard: Community-Led COVID-19 Messaging: Practical Tools for Building Hyperlocal Custom Communications – Community-led, hyperlocal communications are those that are developed by and for members of narrowly defined local communities. In this webinar, community leaders will discuss their experiences with this messaging approach and will share two tools you can use in your own communications work: NRC-RIM’s Community-Led Messaging for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Guidebook and a Guidebook for COVID-19 Vaccine MessagingLearn more>>

Office of Minority Health: Combating Racism Advances Health Equity – The newest HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Blog for Health Equity addresses the alarming increase of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Read the Blog>>

Public Health Seattle and King County: Bringing Vaccination to Communities that need Access (and Trust) –  Read more>>

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants:  Vaccine 101: Information for Organizations Serving RIM Communities   

  • This video training is intended to aid those working with RIM Communities in understanding the COVID-19 vaccine and effectively about the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities they serve. Watch the video (26 min) to learn about the vaccine, or download the PowerPoint if you prefer to present the information to your group yourself.

Funding and Job Opportunities

WA State Department of Health TB Program is hiring a new Nurse Consultant – Institutional position! This position provides nursing leadership, consultation and educational services to local health jurisdictions (LHJs), health care providers, and other public and private agencies in Washington State. This recruitment is for a permanent, full-time Nursing Consultant, Institutional (NCI) position. Learn more and Apply Now!

All In WA: Vaccine Equity Initiative Funding – All In WA launched the Vaccine Equity Initiative to support equitable distribution of vaccines by streamlining and targeting funds to trusted, community-based organizations that can conduct linguistically and culturally-specific vaccine education and outreach to those most impacted, especially in Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. Initiative grants will also help fund mobile pop-up and door-to-door vaccine clinics and address transportation or technology barriers. Learn more>>

TB Elimination Alliance Mini grant – The TB Elimination Alliance is offering Mini-Grants to organizations serving Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH), and Pacific Islander (PI) communities that are disproportionately impacted by LTBI and/or TB. Up to 15 awards will be provided to selected organizations. Each award amount will be between $8,000 and $12,000. The application deadline will be May 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. local time. To apply and join information sessions and workshops, click here. Upcoming sessions:

  • April 7 – Tips for Successful Grant Writing: SMART Goals and Evaluation
  • April 14 – Tips for Successful Grant Writing: Tell Story and Budget
  • April 21 and 28 – One-on-one Technical Assistance Support Sessions
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