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

Date Authored: January 8, 2021

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Events and Trainings

WithinReach: Immunization Action Coalition of Washington Virtual Quarterly Meeting– The Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) hosts quarterly coalition meetings that are open to Coalition members and participants who agree to support our mission and who work to strengthen immunization efforts in Washington State that are based on evidence-based guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). When:Wednesday, January 13, 12-2:00pm. Register Now!

Virtual Resource Fair hosted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign – State, local, tribal, and territorial government personnel are invited to join this event to learn more about a variety of USG resources available on anti-human trafficking to support localized efforts. Learn more>>

CDC COCA Call COVID-19 Vaccines: Update on Allergic Reactions, Contraindications, and Precautions – During this COCA call, clinicians will give an overview of recommendations for use of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. Clinicians will learn more about the recent reports of anaphylaxis following vaccination, as well as CDC’s updated clinical considerations around contraindications and precautions to vaccination. Find archived webinar here>>

 COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series Session 5: Building Vaccine Confidence – NHMA and its partners held its first virtual briefing series on COVID-19.  Briefings addressed lessons learned by physicians and healthcare providers from the COVID-19 pandemic on managing chronic care patients, mental health, the future of healthcare delivery, and elderly issues and terminal illness planning. When: January 27, 7:00pm ET. Learn more and Register Now!

What We Know (& a Few Things We Don’t) About COVID-19 Vaccines: A Conversation with Dr. Jeff Duchin – Two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and the first shipments have arrived in King County. Checking in with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to learn more about this major development in the response to the pandemic. Learn more>>

It’s Not So Black and White: Race, Health Disparities, and How We Report Them Webinar – In the latest installation of the Levy Library’s Research Insider series, you’re invited to join a seminar that explores issues from multiple perspectives, including representatives from the funding, publishing, and research communities. When: February 9, 3:00-5:00pm EST. Learn more>>

Community Information and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

  • Immunity Community – The page highlights important COVID-19 vaccine resources for both families and health care providers. The page will continue to be updated as COVID-19 vaccination continues.
  • FAQs on the Pfizer Vaccine: Shipping, Handling, Preparation, and Administration – To support health departments, hospitals, healthcare organizations, and governments in the rollout of the vaccine, PHF has developed an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine logistics.
  • Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines – The John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health has developed a fact sheet for American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
  • COVID-19 Virtual Think Tank – The Black AIDS Institute, the San Francisco Community Health Center and the Latino Commission on AIDS have published the Final Report of the COVID-19 Virtual Think Tank: Ten Action Steps to Enhance the Health and Quality of Life of Communities of Color across the U.S., which addresses COVID-19, the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, viral hepatitis and STIs in communities of color. 
  • HHS Offices of Minority Health COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources – OMH has created a new COVID-19 Initiatives and Resources webpage, where you can find information on OMH and HHS initiatives and efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on racial and ethnic minority communities.  
  • CDC COVID-19 page 

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program – Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more>>

Funding and Job Opportunities

Jewish Family Services is Hiring for their Refugee & Immigrant Services Team:

  • Resettlement Case Manager – This full-time (37.5 hours/week) position provides resettlement services to refugees who are new to the US. The position is based in the Kent JFS office, but work is primarily carried out in locations throughout the Puget Sound, such as other JFS sites, clients’ homes and other locations in the community.
  • Employment Case Manager – This full-time (37.5 hours/week) position provides case management services critical to refugee and immigrant clients’ economic stability. The position will work one-on-one with clients to identify and overcome barriers to employment and financial asset building, focusing on long term career planning and advancement.
  • Immigration Services Case Manager – This full-time (37.5 hours per week) position will be responsible for providing immigration services to refugee and immigrant clients. In collaboration with the Program Manager, the Immigration Services Case Manager will also coordinate workshops related to the immigration process, civic engagement and constitutional legal rights in the United States. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • Refugee Integration Instructor – This full-time (37.5 hours/week) position provides resettlement services to refugees who are new to the US. The position is based in the Kent JFS office, but work is primarily carried out in locations throughout the Puget Sound, such as other JFS sites, clients’ homes and other locations in the community.  This position will have an appropriate schedule to meet client needs, some evening and weekends. Flexibility to work with periods of very high demand is needed.
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