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

Date Authored: September 18, 2020

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Events and Trainings

  • CDC Webinar: Strengthening Vaccine Confidence in Pediatric and Family Practice Offices During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Archived Webinar) – This archived webinar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), discussed how to strengthen vaccine confidence among parents and ensure safe well visits. Find the Webinar Here!
  • National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC: The Intersection of Racism, Discrimination and Mental Health in Communities of Color – The National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC webinar will discuss terms related to racism and prejudice and their impact on mental health. When: September 17, 2:00 pm ET. Register Now!
  • PHF: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training – Training related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available through the TRAIN Learning Network, a national learning network that aggregates training opportunities for public health, healthcare, and preparedness professionals from thousands of training providers. This includes training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and other organizations. Learn more>>
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Girls and Women: Diagnosis, management, ethical, legal and cultural considerations – This webinar will discuss recommendations, best practice guidelines, and guiding principles of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other professional societies to optimize ethical, culturally sensitive care for those affected by and at-risk for undergoing FGM/C. When: September 25, 12-1PM PT. Register Now!

Community Information and Resources

  • DOH: Smoke From Wildfires Toolkit – This wildfire season is going to be unique as we continue to respond to COVID-19. This year we are especially concerned about health impacts as breathing in wildfire smoke may worsen symptoms for those with COVID-19 and many of those vulnerable to wildfire smoke are also vulnerable to COVID-19. Learn more>>
  • CORE Releases Multilingual Cultural Orientation Glossary and Interpreter Resources – To unify and harmonize the translation of Cultural Orientation terms across the overseas-to-domestic resettlement continuum, CORE created a Multilingual Cultural Orientation Glossary. The glossary includes frequently used Cultural Orientation and resettlement terms, and is available in seven languages. 
  • New External Resource: Raising Children in a New Country – The Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS) Raising Children in a New Country handbook are designed for refugee and immigrant parents and their service providers to help with adjustment to American parenting norms and U.S. laws. The French booklet is broken down by age: early childhoodadolescents, and teenagers
    • Other translations, audio recordings, and assessments are available in the BRYCS Refugee Portal under Parenting/Family Strengthening.
  • CORE COVID-19 Resources – To assist resettlement offices in disseminating simple and accurate information about the COVID-19 outbreak, CORE and Switchboard compiled a list of fact sheets, posters, multimedia, and live-updated links. Learn more>>
  • SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Hospitalized Pregnant Women: Reasons for Admission and Pregnancy Characteristics – Prevalence of pre-pregnancy obesity and gestational diabetes were higher among pregnant women hospitalized for COVID-19–related illness (e.g., worsening respiratory status) than among those admitted for pregnancy-related treatment or procedures (e.g., delivery) and found to have COVID-19. Read more>>
  • Characteristics and Maternal and Birth Outcomes of Hospitalized Pregnant Women with Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 – Information on the clinical characteristics and birth outcomes of hospitalized U.S. pregnant women with COVID-19 is limited. Read more>>
  • BOOST Oregon: Video Series for Your Infant’s Well-Visits – A combination of educational videos on what to expect during a child’s well visit as well as other resources and guides on vaccinations. Learn more>>
  • DOH: Kreidler extends telehealth emergency order to Oct. 14 – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order again, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the Full News release here or the Order Here.
  • Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment (CORONA) Survey –The Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment (CORONA) survey was created to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Washington residents. The survey asks questions related to behavioral, economic, social and emotional impacts and needs. Health departments across the state will use the results of the survey to help our communities recover. Learn more about the CORONA Survey and/or take it now!
  • DOH epiTRENDS: Influenza 2020 – Annual influenza outbreaks occur during autumn and winter months, and a typical increase in influenza cases is expected to occur later this year. Public health and health care organizations can plan for influenza vaccination to ameliorate the expected simultaneous respiratory circulation this year of the viruses causing COVID-19 and influenza. Read the Article here.
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