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Covid-19 Health Disparities Grant CDC-OT21-2103

The Covid-19 Community-Driven Outreach Program’s goal is to ensure that Washington communities, including Urban Indian communities, that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 have access to the same critical health and safety information and resources as the rest of the general public.


The purpose of this contract is for the Contractor to partner with DOH, to improve COVID-19 information access and equity, develop meaningful and culturally appropriate and accessible communications, grow existing communications and engagement infrastructure; and strengthen relationships between Urban Indian communities and public health while addressing the social determinants of health amplified by the pandemic.

With our grant, we plan to focus on improving the circumstances for Native Americans in their everyday lives and counteracting negative impacts of the pandemic.  To plan and implement group activities that will utilize evidence-based knowledge on Coast Salish strengths and protective factors. This will provide Indigenous opportunities for healing that utilize the strength-based approaches of the Native Transformations and Trauma informed indigenous harm reduction facilitation. 

Healing the Healers Retreats & Conferences

To achieve our proposed goals and highlight the purpose of this grant, we plan to host retreats and conferences that engage community members in wellness practices, enhance understandings of Native protective factors and provide a safe place for discussion and connection. 

Through these retreats, our intention is to create a relaxing environment for natural healers and helpers to gather with one another and reflect. We will also use tools such as SDH and our very own Native Transformations Framework as resources to help process our own suffering and social isolation due to the pandemic. We recognize that healing looks different for everyone and is not a linear path, but we hope with each retreat to offer a safe place for a journey of healing to begin.  

By coming together to share our own stories and listen to others, we can recognize that strength comes in different shapes and forms; you possess your own individual strength, but also harness the strength of your community, family and spiritual sources.

Northwest Washington Indian Health Board


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