Public Health encourages immigrant clients to access services without fear

(información en español) All people should feel safe when they get health services. Unfortunately, recent federal immigration proposals have made people in immigrant communities feel more fear and stress. Some families feel they must choose between two risks. Should they avoid a clinic and possibly risk their health? Or should they risk an encounter with […]

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All Are Welcome Here: How a statement of King County commitment became a sign for every work site

Reposted from KC Employee News Even before the Trump administration announced its travel ban, Public Health staff started to notice a downturn in the number of immigrant patients coming for care at our clinics. Tina Maestas, Public Health Nurse at the Renton Community Service Organization, contacted Director Patty Hayes to express her concern. “The Latino […]

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What if a health worker came to you? And spoke your language?

On this Monday afternoon at the community room at Southwood Square in Kent, Natalie Kotar brings out her whiteboard and begins a conversation about healthy drinks—all in Russian. Here, she’s known as Natasha, an affectionate nickname in Russian for Natalie. The seniors living here have met in the community room, a few feet from the […]

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