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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Hot Topics in Practice: Addressing Racism and COVID-19

New data confirm that COVID-19 is disproportionately and negatively impacting communities of color and exacerbating existing health inequities.

In the June session of Hot Topics in Practice, Matías Valenzuela, Equity Director, Public Health - Seattle & King County and Director of COVID-19 Community Mitigation and Recovery, shares his team’s efforts to uncover the root causes of these inequities and offers strategies for dismantling racism and supporting health in these times.

Matías will begin with a brief history of the health equity work at King County that has laid the foundation for their COVID-19 response. He will then discuss elements of their COVID-19 response that make it unique from previous emergency preparedness efforts, sharing new data and tools that support this work. The presentation will close with a conversation about the ways public health agencies can improve their systems and services to address structural racism and strengthen resilience in marginalized communities.

Presenter
Matías Valenzuela, Equity Director, Public Health - Seattle & King County and Director of COVID-19 Community Mitigation and Recovery

Register today to learn about a new interactive resource for strengthening mentorship in public health.

These monthly Web-conferencing events, sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, provide an authoritative hour-long forum for discussing topics that are important to the public health practice community and the tribal health units in the six Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Event Date/Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT