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Announcement - September 2023








Announcement August 2023

Community Collaborative August Session Flyer

Announcement - July 3, 2023






Announcement - June 14, 2023


Facilitator Ι Briefing Ι Community Highlight

Please join us this Wednesday June 21st at 3:30pm to 5pm. See agenda below.












Announcement - June 1, 2023


Monthly Celebration I CC Updates I Health Equity I COVID-19 I Resources


Community Collaborative is a collective comprising of members who are involved from many different sectors in partnership with DOH in uplifting communities that have experienced the devastating impacts of Covid-19 through co-designing recovery efforts focused on addressing the structural and social determinants of health with the goal of eliminating further harms on Black, Indigenous, communities of color and others facing harm due to systemic racism & oppression. Please join us in our monthly sessions by signing up below!

Attend Wednesday June 21st Zoom Session


Monthly Celebrations


2SLGBTQIA+ Pride Month


The Community Collaborative joins our community in celebrating 2SLGBTQIA+ and Pride Month of June 2023. During this month we recognize and respect our vibrant 2SLGBTQIA+ community and their contributions to the health and wellness of Washington State. This special time we honor the 1949 Stonewall riots in Manhattan led by trans women of color, a tipping point of the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Happy Pride Month to all!

The Washington State LGBTQ Commission works to improve the state’s interface with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and ensures that there is an effective means of advocating for 2SLGBTQIA+ equity in all aspects of state government. Please check out their community events calendar for rural and urban celebrations. 

Pride Events throughout Washington


Juneteenth Celebration

As we get into June, we also celebrate an incredibly significant moment in our history – June 19th, better known as Juneteenth. This day commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The freedom that came on June 19th, 1865, represents a vital part of our nation’s history, and serves as a reminder of the resilience, courage, and perseverance of those who fought against the chains of slavery.


Check out this amazing workshop in the continuing fight for liberation. Join Creative Justice Executive Director Nikkita Oliver (they/them) for an Abolition 101 workshop. This workshop will highlight the history of abolition, why abolition in 2023 and some ways that we can get to healthier, safer communities and a world beyond punitive and carceral systems. This is a virtual workshop.

June 6 Workshop Registration


June 14 Workshop Registration



Community Collaborative Updates


Carceral Health Equity Workgroup

The Community Collaborative would like to partner with formerly and currently incarcerated community members and allies in standing up a statewide workgroup that will focus on improving health and wellness and educational programming within carceral settings including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and detention center. The Covid-19 pandemic only highlighted the tip of the iceberg for vast health disparities for our members who are incarcerated. We are committed to centering equity to address policies, practices and funding that impact the health of incarcerated members.

Carceral Health Equity Interest Form


Health Equity Updates


Dear Community Letter

The Department of Health is looking to recruit community members willing to participate in Community Focus Group Discussions to learn about the Dear Community Leader Letter Project (DCLL) and to provide valuable feedback that we can use to inform its development. This would include participation in three virtual meetings.  Community will be compensated $45 for their participation. We invite anyone to participate in the focus-group discussion as individuals, no matter the organization they belong to (LHJs, other agencies, etc.), with priority given to most impacted populations (BIPOC communities, Tribal Communities, 2SLGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, limited English proficiency, rural individuals etc..).

What is the DCLL?

The goals of the DCLL is to: make it easier for community members to receive information, to connect with the DOH programs and scope of work, and place greater emphasis on the subjects that are important to community members. We hope to make it easier to connect with each other around areas of shared interest.

RSVP to Kevin Stam at (kevin.stam@doh.wa.gov)

Choose DCLL Session Dates Here


COVID-19 Updates


Care-A-Van Updates

The Care-a-Van comes with all the necessary equipment and supplies to host indoor and outdoor events and serves communities most impacted by COVID-19 and other vaccine inequities. Care-a-Van COVID-19 clinics have availability of the following services: Pfizer and Moderna, Flu, Monkey pox, and childhood vaccines. Other services provided are blood pressure and blood glucose screening. If no registration link is available, clinics will see patients on a walk-in basis.

Request Service Here


COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing remains ongoing. The following webpage includes links to our most up to date testing resources: https://doh.wa.gov/emergencies/covid-19/testing-covid-19.

The WA State Department of Health website maintains a directory of testing sites available in each county, with operating hours and requirements. You can also check with your local health department or district. For additional information on testing sites, call 2-1-1 or the State COVID 19 Information Hotline: dial 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.


Community Resources



Announcement - May 15, 2023


Facilitator Ι Briefing Ι Resource Ι Community Highlight

Please join us this Wednesday May 17th at 3:30pm to 5pm to hear critical updates from DOH. Formerly the Vaccine Implementation Collaborative, the Community Collaborative is a collective comprising of members who are involved from many different sectors in uplifting communities that have experienced the devastating impacts of COVID-19 through co-designing recovery efforts with the goal of eliminating further harms on most impacted communities by focusing on the structural and social determinants of health. 

Register for Session Zoom Link

Session Facilitator

Cyril Walrond, Community Thought Partner


The Community Collaborative welcomes Thought Partner Cyril Walrond as our Session facilitator for the month of May. Cyril is a committed Anti-Racist community organizer and advocate for racial and social justice. As someone that is formerly incarcerated and system impacted Cyril utilizes his lived experience to confront the perpetual harms that exist throughout the criminal legal system, work that includes fighting to remove barriers to successful reintegration for our returning community members. Cyril is the Outreach & Advocacy Manager for the University Beyond Bars and a member of the Black Prisoners Caucus Community Group. Currently embarking on his own journey of reintegration after having been incarcerated since the age of 17, Cyril continues to remain committed to healing and humanizing work within himself and the community he serves.

aa & nhpi

During our May 17 session, we will have the amazing opportunity of hearing from Lin Crowley, Chair of APIC South Puget Sound on what they are doing to honor AA & NH/PI Heritage Month. We will also highlight Tongan Artist Toka Valu to honor NH/PI contributions to the Pacific Northwest. 

Agency Briefing

Public Health Emergency Ending

DOH leadership staff will be with us in this session to present on the impacts of the end of the federal Covid-19 public health emergency declaration and to provide space for community conversations. Come with questions and we hope to follow up with all community members regarding your concerns. Click on image to hear our gratitude for your partnership with DOH & the Community Collaborative. 

End of the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration | CDC

PHE Thank You

Heal Act

The 2021 HEAL Act is a historic step in eliminating environmental health disparities and promoting equitable distribution of health and environmental benefits among communities of color and low-income households. It's Washington's first law to establish a coordinated state agency approach to environmental justice. Leah Wood will be joining us at this month's session to discuss ways for community to engage in the process of standing up the HEAL Act. 

Environmental Justice | Washington State Department of Health

1-page summary of HEAL Act deadlines and obligations: The HEAL Act 

Resource Highlight

Care-A-Van Mobile

Care-a-Van is an advanced mobile health clinic in Washington, designed to deliver vaccinations directly to communities. By reaching people where they are, it ensures convenient access to this crucial healthcare service. We will provide latest updates in our Community Collaborative session this Wednesday. 

Learn about Care- a-Van Mobile

Community Highlights

Join us for a presentation from our DOH Community Driven Outreach (CDO) Program Contractors. The CDO Program centers racial equity with an intersectional approach, resulting in five priority communities and six priority intersections based on a wide range of public health data. Expand each priority community dropdown below to get to know the CDO program contractors.

Health Commons Project – Sammamish, WA

Center for MultiCultural Health (CMCH) – Seattle, WA

Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) – Tacoma, WA

A Partnership – Statewide

Momentum Professional Strategy Partners – Tacoma, WA

CoMagine Health – Seattle, WA

Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) – Central Washington

Centro Cultural Mexicano – Redmond, WA

Desautel Hege (DH) – Statewide, Communications Support

Refugee & Immigrant Services NW (RISNW)

Learn more about CDO Program Contractors

Announcement - May 1, 2023

Formerly the Vaccine Implementation Collaborative, and envisioned jointly by community leaders and DOH staff in February of 2021, the Community Collaborative is a collective comprising of members who are involved from many different sectors in uplifting communities that have experienced the devastating impacts of Covid-19 through co-designing recovery efforts with the goal of eliminating further harms on Black, Indigenous, communities of color and all those facing harm due to systemic racism & oppression.

Our next Community Collaborative Session is set for May 17, 2023 and is set to occur monthly on 2nd Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm. Join us!

Register for Monthly Community Collaborative Session Zoom Links here
















Announcement - August 3, 2022

This meeting was canceled to allow partners an August recess.


Announcement - April 12, 2022

Please see upcoming partner engagement opportunities and resources below.


Join an Evaluation Committee: COVID-19 Community-Driven Outreach – express interest by April 19!

  • We are in the process of establishing an Evaluation Committee to identify successful Bidders in response to the COVID-19 Community Driven Outreach RFQQ and to ensure the equitable allocation of funding (all related RFQQ material and amendments can be accessed on the Washington State Department of Health Contracts and Grants website).  Collaborative Partners who represent Black/African American, African Diaspora, Hispanic/LatinX, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities or priority intersections* and who are interested must not be a representative of an organization that has submitted a bid or named as a partner by a Bidder. All Collaborative Partners serving on the Evaluation Committee must also sign a conflict of interest and confidentiality statement.

  • The Evaluation Committee is tentatively planned to launch the week of April 25th. If you are interested in serving on the Evaluation Committee, please contact Frances Limtiaco, Community Investments and Partnerships Manager, at Frances.Limtiaco@doh.wa.gov  and/or directly respond to this email by April 19th, 2022! We estimate the time commitment to be a minimum of 2 hour and a half virtual meetings and approximately 20 hours for bid review.  Collaborative Evaluation Committee members are eligible for compensation. (*See priority intersections outlined on page 7 of the RFQQ.)

Upcoming 4.14 LatinX Community Partner Space (workgroup name may change based on partner input)

  • Thank you to those who had a chance to drop by an informational session and learn more about the workgroup. As a reminder this space is intended to center and prioritize community members, leaders, and/or advocates identifying and/or directly serving LatinX population. The space will serve as an opportunity for partners to share concerns, needs, leverage efforts, resources and collaborate on community informed strategies. The workgroup is set to launch this Thursday on April 14th 11:00am-12:00pm. If you are interested in joining, please register here.

  • If you have not already, please fill out an interest form in Spanish or English to ensure you receive all ongoing workgroup communication including meeting details.

Upcoming 4.21 National Minority Health Month Webinar: Give Your Community a Boost!

Join Region 10 for a webinar highlighting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) serving organizations providing accurate and timely COVID-19 vaccination information to community members. In addition, we will focus on best practices on translating vaccine and booster information for this community, encouraging community leaders to take an active rose in encouraging vaccinate, and addressing vaccine hesitancy in specific BIPOC communities.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm PT | https://bit.ly/NMHMRegion102022 

Upcoming 4.21 Webinar: Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines for Children under 5?

  • The FDA will consider authorizing the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 this spring. If authorized, children 6 months and older will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.  The panel of medical experts will discuss the most important issues surrounding COVID-19 pediatric vaccination, as well as answer any of your questions.

  • Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 5:00-6:00pm | Register here. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. 


  • Nisqually Tribe's COVID-19 Immunization Docu-Story in Partnership w/ American Indian Health Coalition Tribal and Urban Indian Health Immunization Coalition: Boosting COVID-19 Vaccine in their Community Upcoming Community Events


DOH/DH Community Media Outreach (CMO) Highlights

  • The CMO Weekly Highlights (attached) share the efforts of community partners funded and supported by the DOH Community Relations and Equity Team, in collaboration with our statewide contractor, Desautel Hege (DH), to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 information, vaccines, and resources. Each week, we spotlight the phenomenal efforts of community partners and provide insights to better support communities though the community feedback section. You will also find a current list of funded community partners,  community partner assets, events, materials in development and more.


Additional Resources

  • Do I need a COVID-19 booster? Updated Graphic in English and Spanish

  • I am immunocompromised – am I recommended to get these doses? Updated Graphic in English and Spanish 

  • Uninsured Care Expansion Grant: Health Care Authority (HCA) has received $35 million in federal resources for the provision of health care services for uninsured and underinsured individuals under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, regardless of immigration status. For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the HCA website.

  • Care-a-Van is a mobile vaccination effort serving priority communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since launching last summer, over 12,318 doses have been administered at 239 mobile events. If you are interested in partnering with the Care-a-Van, check out more details here.

Announcement - March 3, 2022