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

Date Authored: June 7, 2021

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Events and Trainings

North American Refugee Health Conference: Registration Now Open! – The registration for the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is now open. Scheduled for September 9-11, 2021, the annual conference is the largest interdisciplinary conference in the world. Its primary purpose is to promote the health of refugee populations during the continuum of their flight, migration, and resettlement by assembling multidisciplinary experts in research, education, advocacy and clinical practice. Learn more and Register Here!

CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents – This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group. View the archived call here>>

Switchboard Podcast: Podcast: Leading During Times of Transition: The Community View – This episode features host Kay Bellor interviewing Henny Ohr, Founder and Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) Iowa. They discuss the challenges experienced by EMBARC during the COVID-19 pandemic including providing essential services to clients while protecting staff and how the refugee resettlement program can be improved moving forward. This episode is part three in a new series on Leading During a Transition. Listen to the Podcast here>>

Switchboard Webinar: Fundamentals of Equity and Resettlement: Understanding Social Identities in Resettlement Services – This webinar will increase your capacity to recognize the complexity of your clients’ social group memberships and the integral role these identities can play in a successful resettlement experience. When: June 16th, 2:00-3:30pm ET. Register Now!

  • Panel Discussion – The panel will discuss the roles that case management, interpretation, community membership, and advocacy play in supporting refugees to address the culture shock, disappointment, and concern about the current state of U.S. racial dynamics. When: June 30th, 2:00-3:30pm ET. Register Now!

National Institutes of Health (NIH): A Conversation on COVID-19 Vaccines – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted a Facebook Livestream featuring NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fellow and Scientific Team Lead of the Coronavirus Vaccines and Immunopathogenesis Team. Dr. Collins and Dr. Corbett discussed the role Dr. Corbett’s research played in the development of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Watch the Livestream Now!

Switchboards Client-Centered Services Community of Practice: A Group for ORR-Funded Providers – This group will be dedicated to sharing information and innovative approaches involving client-centered services with a cultural and trauma-informed lens. It will be a space to discuss the centrality of the client as the locus of control in an array of services and resources to help create the conditions for successful service delivery. Members in this CoP will have access to a supportive network of staff and leaders for meaningful conversations about contemporary issues facing direct service providers, while sharing a variety of creative solutions, techniques, tools and approaches. To learn more about communities of practice and the benefits of social learning, click here. Applications to be part of CoP are due Friday, June 11Apply Now!

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities, Root Causes, Mental Health Impacts, Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities are pleased to announce a virtual public health leadership discussion with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy and National Academy of Medicine President Dr. Victor J. Dzau. Learn more>>

Panel Discussion with HHS Leadership: Vaccinating America – HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, took part in the televised panel, Vaccinating America. They answered questions from a live audience about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, if people who have had COVID-19 should get the vaccine, if parents should get their children vaccinated, and new guidance on wearing face masks. Watch the Feed Here>>

CORE: COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging for Cultural Orientation – Join CORE in partnership with the National Resource Center for Refugee, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) for this 90-minute webinar. During this session, up-to-date guidance applicable for both pre-departure and post-arrival Cultural Orientation will be discussed. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on and practice delivering key messages through interactive virtual activities. The webinar will be offered twice to accommodate different time zones and demand for the session. 

Community Information and Resources

DOH launches mobile vaccination service to support community organizations and increase vaccine access – On June 1st, the Washington State Department of Health launched a new mobile vaccine service called “Care-A-Van” that will deliver vaccines to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. DOH is working closely to support community partners and local health jurisdictions to increase vaccine access for priority communities. Learn more>>

Public Health Insider Blog Post: VAX TO THE FUTURE: USING ARTS TO HELP VACCINATE THE KING COUNTY COMMUNITY – Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were delivered in December 2020, we’ve learned a lot about what moves people to get vaccinated. Evidence has shown that a prosocial approach, people sharing positive, personal experiences, is an effective way to encourage others to get vaccinated. Continue reading>>

Resources and Toolkits to Promote Vaccination in children ages 12 or older:

CDC COCA Now: Talk to Your Patients About Getting Their COVID-19 Vaccine– Patients seek health information from trusted sources. Healthcare professionals are often vaccine recipients’ most-trusted source of information on vaccines. Your answers to their questions matter and will help them make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccination. See resources below to help you have this conversation: 

Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males – The Partnership for Male Youth Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males is a resource for adolescent and young adult (AYA) male health. It is an online, open access database on nine health domains as they pertain to AYA males: nutrition and exercise, sexual and reproductive health, trauma, substance abuse disorders, mental health, developmental disabilities, sexual biologic basics, pubertal concerns, and immunizations. It includes a checklist for health care providers and suggested patient interview questions. Learn more>>

CORE: Activity Bank – Explore a variety of activities, complete lesson plans, and access additional resources for different Cultural Orientation topics. Use the information to create Cultural Orientation sessions that meet the different language and literacy needs of your participants, while also applying adult-learning principles, student-centered learning, and integrating digital technology. All Cultural Orientation topic activities are designed to be delivered in-person, virtually, or both. Learn more>>

Funding and Job Opportunities

NACCHO: Scaling Up COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Strategies with Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Communities Funding Opportunity – NACCHO is pleased to offer a funding opportunity to local health departments (LHDs) to rapidly scale up innovative COVID-19 education, testing, contact tracing, vaccination, and other prevention and mitigation strategies with refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities. Applications are due June 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. For additional information, access the Request for Applications (RFA) here.

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