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May 5 was Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Awareness Day. Federal statistics indicate the murder rate of American Indian women on some reservations is more than 10 times the national average. We encourage you to pause and honor all Native women and girls, past and present, who have been victims of violence. Please take time to read the statement linked below from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and learn more in the “Our Bodies, Our Stories” reports also linked below.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center statement on 2020 Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls Our Bodies, Our Stories (Urban Indian Health Institute)

Resources & Webinars

Collecting Data on American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Current standard data collection practices by many federal, state, and local entities omit or misclassify American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, both urban and rural. This is particularly concerning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as these practices result in a gross under count of the impact COVID-19 has on Native people.
Click here to review the Urban Indian Health Institute’s guide to best practices collecting data on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Tribal Health Policy Webinar
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am we have the honor of hosting Esther Lucero who will lead a live webinar on Tribal Health Policy. Esther Lucero is Dinè and Latina and a third generation urban Indian from Colorado Springs. A leader in national public health policy for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives, Esther is CEO of the Seattle Indian Health Board. Her passion and advocacy for Native health and transformative approaches to indigenous research and evaluation, Federal Indian Law and policy, reproductive justice for Indigenous women, and LGBTQ Two-Spirit health has made her a leader in health both in the Seattle area and nationally.
Join this webinar via Zoom at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 13:
Meeting ID: 861 7438 2819
Latinx Response to COVID-19
The Latino Civic Alliance hosts calls each Thursday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, facilitated by the Latino Civic Alliance-Commission on Hispanic Affairs COVID-19 response team.
Join this meeting via Zoom on Thursdays at noon:
Meeting ID: 909 497 617
OPEN OFFICE HOUR: Family First Coronavirus Response Act and Human Resources
Join us to learn more about Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Kara Turner of Turner HR Services is our team’s HR consultant. She will present information about the legislation and share what it may look like for organizations and businesses in our region. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The session will be recorded and made available afterward.

Join this Open Office Hour via Zoom at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 14:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 821 8620 0390

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

Survey Requests

Understanding Barriers to Testing Survey  The Washington State Department of Health, together with Seattle and King County, is reaching out to health care providers to better understand access and barriers to SARS-CoV-2 testing in the community. This survey is meant only for licensed practicing professionals who might order SARS -CoV-2 PCR testing for their patients.  Please click here to complete the survey.

Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) Telehealth Survey
The Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) is working on a program for training and technical assistance for community providers who need to provide BH services using telehealth / telephone technologies. Help the BHI understand your organization’s needs by completing this short survey about what telehealth / telephone methods your organization currently uses or is planning to use in the near future. You can find more information about the Behavioral Health Institute (BHI) at this link:

Mobility Impacts of COVID-19
The University of Washington is asking you to complete this survey on mobility impacts from COVID-19. Recognizing that COVID-19 has abruptly changed travel habits of most people in the region, with telecommuting, online shopping, virtual socializing, and remote learning becoming more widespread, this survey will help with planning to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution after the threat of COVID-19 has passed. The full survey link is here:

National Nurses Day & Week

May 6 is National Nurses Day, which kicks off a week of celebrating and honoring nurses (May 6-12). If there is ever a time to talk about who nurses are and what they do, it’s now.

For Nurses Week 2020, the Washington Center for Nursing (WCN) created a series of short videos called Self-Care for Nurses: A Matter of Life and Death.  Nursing has no doubt played an enormous part in the COVID-19 response.  Self-care for nurses is essential and can no longer be considered an option.

WCN created this video series to help nurses navigate the challenges of caregiving while also creating a healthy work-life balance. This has never been more relevant. Please view and share with your networks.
Changes to Partner Convening Planned for August
As many events this spring and summer get postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, we too  are changing our approach to the planned August partner convening. [Click here to read this announcement on our blog.]

Following recommendations of local, statewide and tribal health leaders, we won’t be meeting in-person this August, however we still want you to hold August 5 and 6 for some great online partner dialogues. (We will not need all day on either day — our plan is for about 3 hours each day. Specifics to be announced soon.) 

Leading up to the August event, you will be invited to join smaller virtual dialogues (being planned for early summer).  We want to cultivate a space for continued collaboration among smaller groups of partner organizations, with the goal of bringing what comes out of those smaller conversations to the larger group in August.  This will also give us the opportunity to continue the tribal and equity learning series. 

We are grateful to be working with you, especially during these challenging times, and look forward to connecting this summer!
Snohomish County SAFE Team Reaching Vulnerable Residents 
The SAFE (SnoCo Agencies For Engagement) team in Snohomish County has expanded outreach efforts to people experiencing homelessness. The team reached more than 150 of the County’s most-vulnerable residents within the first week of this new pilot program. View this short video to see this work in action. To learn more about the SAFE Team please read Snohomish County’s press release.
 Online Film Screening
Join the Emmy winning team behind the documentary Dawnland for a special digital screening of documentary short Dear Georgina in a special live event.  Showing twice this month — click the date for tickets: May 16 and May 27.