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Announcement - March 3, 2022

Please see below partner opportunities and follow-up resources from our conversation on March 2.

Join the Access Functional Needs Disability Partner Space

Access Functional Needs (AFN) Disability Workgroup space is intended to center and prioritize people with disabilities and intersecting marginalized identities who experience compounded oppression such as BIPOC, queer, and/or unhoused persons with a disability. AFN Interest Form Link; Register for the March 7 AFN Workgroup Launch. ​

Join the LatinX Community Partner Space

LatinX Community Partner Workgroup 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.  Latinx Partner Interest Form Link Want to learn more? Join an informational session on March 19th. Register here


Partner Spotlight - Dr. Abdul at Dunia Health Clinic

At Dunia Health Clinic, a private medical practice, board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner Abubakar Abdul-Rahman DNP, ARNP-BC, and the team provide comprehensive general and preventative health care to adults and teens living in Seattle and throughout King County. Visit Dunia Health Clinic Duniahealthclinic@gmail.com. 



Funding: Group Foundation - Community Learning Grant (March 10 - April)

Mentira Mariachi - Video campaign addresses vaccine misinformation with simple facts that empower individuals within Hispanic/LatinX community to choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19

WeConsider: Josephine's Story.

Here For Us - COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. Our stories are honest and transformative portraits of the Black experience during the COVID-19 pandemic stories

Announcement - March 14, 2022

RFQQ 26833: COVID-19 Community Outreach 

Dear Valued Partner,

This is a kind reminder that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has issued RFQQ 26833 seeking the following services: COVID-19 Community Outreach.

We have extended the deadline for the submission of responses to this RFQQ. Interested Bidders who have already submitted a response do not have to re-submit. However, you may submit an updated response if you wish.

You may access and print a hard copy of RFQQ 26833 from the DOH Procurement Website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/BudgetContractsandGrants/ContractsandGrants or through the Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) at https://pr-webs-vendor.des.wa.gov/.

Please be sure to periodically check the DOH Procurement Website or WEBS in order to receive and review amendments and the most current and important information relating to this Solicitation.

If you have any questions, please contact the RFQQ coordinator, Maria Rogers, at Bids@doh.a.gov.Thank you for your interest and for sharing with any other partners, networks, or channels you have. Apologies for duplicative emails/announcements and cross-posting.

In partnership,

Frances Limtiaco, MPH 

Community Investments and Partnership Manager


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 - August 3, 2022

Dear Collaborative Partners,


In the practice of community care and rest – we will be having an August recess and will not hold a monthly Collaborative session on the first week of Wednesday. We will share updates as relevant via email.


In the meantime, as we move toward expanding our Collaborative space, we want to hear from you about where you would like the Collaborative to go.


As you know, the Collaborative launched in February 2021 with the intent to prioritize and center communities most impacted by COVID-19, while simultaneously creating space to foster partnership and collaboration with community-based organizations, impacted businesses, cross-sector partners, health care entities, and public health agencies. The Collaborative ensures an equity and social justice lens is applied in the Department of Health’s planning and decision-making opportunities related to COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 response. We are excited to expand beyond COVID-19 focus.


This space will continue to center COVID-19 while simultaneously making room to address other health topics and inequities Collaborative partners see fit. This space will continue to be open, and individuals can join an ongoing basis. As we move on to broader health topics, the intent of this space and whose voices the Collaborative priorities in DOH decision-making and planning opportunities will not change and will continue to center the needs, recommendations, and feedback of communities disproportionately impacted by health inequities.


Please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us utilizing the link below! Your input is very valuable for us to continue supporting & improving the Collaborative. Please complete the survey by August 15th EOD.


-              English survey


-              Spanish survey


If you need the survey in an alternative format and/or additional language, please let us know at vax.collaborative@doh.wa.gov. We can provide the questions in plain text form, in a Word document, or conduct the survey with you by phone.