A way forward: Sowing community solutions in the Chinatown-International District

In the first of a three-part series on health in the Chinatown-International District, we learned that data pointed to some unexpected findings: – Diabetes is the leading cause of death; – The neighborhood has experienced a 64% increase in young children since 2010; and, – More people report having poor mental health than anywhere else […]

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What you may not know about health in the Chinatown-International District

We are writing a three-part series on the health of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in our region, the Chinatown-International District (CID). With a one year nationally-funded grant, The BUILD Health Challenge has led to a robust community partnership that will take a deep look into the health and vibrancy of the CID. To […]

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Saying Goodbye to a public health hero, “Uncle Bob” Santos

By Kalayaan Domingo, Healthy Eating and Active Living Project Manager at Public Health On August 27th, 2016, Seattle lost one of our hometown heroes, Bob Santos, or Uncle Bob, as he was affectionately called. If you’ve visited Seattle’s International District, there is a good chance that you met Uncle Bob. I am fortunate enough to have […]

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Tapping the strengths of Chinatown-International District to reach the most vulnerable

Here’s one thing experts in disasters know: the communities that recover the most quickly are the ones where people within neighborhoods help one another. The Chinatown-International District–with its strong social networks, breadth of community organizations, and existing communication channels–has the makings of a neighborhood resilient to disasters. At the same time, some residents of the I.D. have greater vulnerability […]

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Why I love family-run restaurants: Insights from a food inspector

By Eyob Mazengia, PhD, RS, Food Protection Program When I started as a food inspector, I was assigned to the International District. And I liked it. It was almost like walking into a new culture, a new era. What humbled me was that as a public health worker, when I went into restaurants to ensure food safety […]

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