Community health workers invited to share their story through art

Community health workers are invited to share their stories, experiences, and feelings of being a community health worker (CHW) in Washington. The Heart of Service Project will work with artists to capture stories of CHWs and develop art, poetry, and music that expresses the trauma, healing, and resilience of Washington’s communities.

Six Washington artists and 30 community health workers will have the opportunity to get paid to share stories, make art and just be awesome. 

The goals of the Heart of Service project are to:

Strong Start System designed to help parents and providers track developmental screening

Early and consistent developmental screening helps ensure children’s growth is on the right track. It’s particularly important in light of the pandemic’s potential impact on normal development. Strong Start Universal Developmental Screening System has been created to help increase child screening rates and access to supportive services.

Online tool helps track health data at community level

The Washington Tracking Network’s Community Report tool makes it easier to understand the health of your community. The new tool lets you access all the available health measures for a given area, rather than having to select your region on each health measure. This will mean less time wading through data, making it easier to select all the measures you want to know about.

Washington Tracking Network offers orientation video

The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) provides health and environmental data through a set of five tools. Recently WTN reorganized its web pages so that information is easier to find, and now includes a video orientation. The seven-minute video takes you through each tool and shows what kinds of data and visualizations are available in each tool. It also shows how to navigate the features of the tool so you can find the information you are looking for.

DOH offers listening sessions to learn of health inequity experiences

The Department of Health encourages individuals and communities who have experienced health inequities or racism in the health care system to join us for one of our upcoming Health Equity Listening Sessions. Advocacy groups and health care professional associations are also invited. We’d like your help in sharing these sessions with your communities.

Youth Advisory Council looking for fresh perspectives

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting young people living in Washington for a Youth Advisory Council. Members of the council will be asked to serve for about a year, and will help the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make programming decisions. More information about meetings, expectations, and how to apply is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese (Sim) and Somali