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COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall – Spanish

UW Medicine is hosting town halls in various languages to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines and how they work. This one is being provided in Spanish.

Friday, March 26
12:00 pm
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All of these town halls are free and open to the public. View past town halls in multiple languages on UW Medicine’s YouTube channel.

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Ahora que muchos de nuestros colegas en UW Medicine han empezado a recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19, el gran entusiasmo y la esperanza son por fin claros y alentadores después de muchos meses difíciles para toda nuestra comunidad.

Las vacunas contra el COVID-19 representan un gran paso en la lucha contra el virus. Sin embargo, a veces la información sobre las vacunas es un poco confusa y mucha gente tiene preguntas sobre como funcionan las vacunas, cuan seguras son y cuan bien funcionan. Es por ello que hemos organizado sesiones de información sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19 en varias lenguas. Todas las sesiones son dirigidas por un panel de expertos clínicos de UW Medicine.

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Webinar: Psychological First Aid (PFA) during COVID-19 Response

This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. Visit to learn more.

★ What will this webinar cover?
In any severe mass event, like a pandemic, it is common to have a rapid increase in the number of people experiencing distress, including being scared, confused, overwhelmed, uncertain, angry, and sad. Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-based intervention designed to help stabilize and mitigate psychological distress and to facilitate coping and functioning in the immediate aftermath of disasters and other tragic events. PFA is not counseling or therapy and anyone in any sector can provide PFA. Some of the traditional approaches used in PFA must be adapted to fit the needs of a pandemic or epidemic, where the ability to connect with clients, social supports, and community resources may be compromised. This webinar will review the basic principles of PFA while modifying them for the unique context refugee service providers and their clients are currently facing due to COVID-19.

★ Is this webinar for me?
This introductory webinar is designed for refugee service providers in the U.S. whose responsibilities including supporting clients who may experience distress. The training will be most relevant for those who have limited or no experience providing psychological first aid. Refugee service providers who have experience in PFA but who would like suggestions for applying PFA to our current environment may also wish to participate. This webinar is not intended to serve as a comprehensive training on the topic of psychological first aid.

★ Why Should I attend?
After attending this 60-minute session, you will be able to:

• Describe the goals and purpose of psychological first aid (PFA);
• Apply the 5 Basic Principles of PFA; and
• Apply the Core Actions of PFA during COVID-19 response.


Covid-19 in Immigrant Communities

Being poor can be like treading water with the waterline right under your nose. The slightest ripple and you choke, a wave will submerge you. The novel coronavirus pandemic is a tsunami for those living in poverty. As a recent New York Times article illustrates, communities living in crowded conditions, with uncontrolled chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension, marginalized by the lack of comprehensible health information, and mistrusting the current systems to treat them fairly will be disproportionately ravaged by Covid-19. We have seen this in the past with tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis B. But the novel coronavirus acts faster and in some cases more aggressively and so reveals disparities even more dramatically.

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