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As you know, at North Sound ACH we are on a Tribal and Equity learning journey. Together, with our Board and partner organizations, we look for ways to broaden our perspective and learn how we can best grow health, wellbeing, and equity across our region. Please take a few minutes to read a recent opinion piece by john a. powell, law professor and director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, titled “Coronavirus is Not the Great Equalizer Many Say It Is.”  There have been many who have described COVID-19 as hitting us all equally. The reality is that many marginalized communities––whether as a result of their immigration status, low-paying jobs, or rural location––are impacted disproportionately compared to other individuals who can shelter-at-place more safely.  Click here to read the entire piece.

 WA State Office of Equity Task Force Meeting
Have you been following the Washington State Office of Equity Task Force? They were formed and tasked by the WA Legislature to make recommendations about the potential creation of a state office of equity. Their final report is due to the Governor and legislature by July 2020. Do you have questions about their work? Would you like to listen, comment or participate? Check out their Facebook Page to learn more about meetings.

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 30, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Public meeting online using Zoom:
By phone: (669) 900-6833 
Meeting ID: 474 407 4402
New Data Dashboard 
We’ve been working with partners at King County Public Health on a new dashboard focused on COVID-19 vulnerable populations. You can find details and a link to the dashboard on our blog.
This is an infodemic.
Along with the pandemic of COVID-19, we are experiencing an infodemic” of misinformation, rumors, and myths regarding COVID-19.  Make sure you’re not taking in or passing on contributing false info by asking: Who? What? Where? When? Why?  Check out this post for what to consider before accepting new information. 
Telehealth Resources
Request Funds for COVID-19 Technology Needs:
We are making funds available to support increased access to tools and technology related to Telehealth, and needs related to your team working remotely.  Click here to learn more and submit your request.

There are two resources that are providing information to provider organizations about Telehealth resources and guidelines:
– Visit Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center’s website for resources to help navigate changing regulations regarding the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including weekly office hours, recorded webinars, and quick-start guide.

– UW Medicine Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) is offering Training and Technical Assistance, part of which starts with a 4-week twice weekly set of sessions, Building Telehealth Capacity for Behavioral Health.  The sessions kicked off last week, but agendas are now noted into May.  Visit their site for more details on the focus of each upcoming session.
Connect Your EHR to the Washington Prescription Monitoring Program —  Funding Still Available!
Comagine Health (formerly Qualis Health) has teamed up with the University of Washington (UW) and the Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) to provide technical assistance to practices wishing to integrate the Washington Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) into their electronic health record (EHR) system.Comagine can support your clinic in integrating the PMP directly into your patient’s chart. They welcome all specialties including primary care, behavioral health, surgical, and dental to participate in this opportunity. 
Click here to take action before the free help expires.
Indian Health Services Webinar
Indian Health Services Medicaid 101 Webinar: Thursday, May 14, 11:00 am.  Join North Sound ACH for an overview of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs addressing administration, eligibility, covered services, and reimbursement for Indian Health Care Providers.  

Click here to register.
Tribes Lead the Way in Tackling COVID-19 
Here’s a fascinating article describing how tribes in Washington State, as sovereign nations, are leading the way in care of their people, and the surrounding communities in taking steps to combat COVID-19. “As history threatens to repeat itself with the menace of the novel coronavirus, tribal communities are turning to their teachings and one another to protect themselves amid what they call a near total failure of federal resources to help, despite solemn promises in treaties.”  Click here to read the article. “As a coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, America Indian communities turn to one another, teachings” from the Seattle Times, March 24, 2020.
Need for Spanish Speaking Volunteers
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a program of Snohomish Health District is calling for Spanish speaking volunteers for their community-based testing operation. The Health District hopes to recruit more MRC Volunteers who can help to interpret for this and other projects in response to COVID 19.To volunteer, go to the MRC volunteer page to sign up.  Questions?  Email