February 19, 2021.Reading time 1 minute.
We know that here in King County, we are striving to make King County government one with the communities that we serve. Issues surrounding Public Health, specifically the very real disparities in those conditions that affect life outcomes, are finally front and center.
November 4, 2020.Reading time 7 minutes.
The direct effects of increased exposure to violence, police brutality, and systemic racism placed on the Black Community, and a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color here in King County, continues to be a concern for Black Children and Families. Culturally relevant help is available locally and online. Partners across King County have worked to develop a list of emotional well-being resources below, including events, spaces for community and healing, online resources, and culturally relevant mental health professionals.
June 19, 2020.Reading time 5 minutes.
Our public health department hasn’t observed Juneteenth in the past as we should, and that will change. Going forward, we will be more intentional about the ways in which we center Black voices and honor the history that’s shaped where we are today.
June 3, 2020.Reading time 10 minutes.
Face coverings help protect our community from COVID-19. Unfortunately many members of the Black community are concerned that wearing face coverings may lead to dangerous and harmful encounters with law enforcement or other community members. Racism influences perceptions of face coverings and those wearing or not wearing them.