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Podcast for good, cyclone recovery, and winter weather

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You’re invited

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are convening a Global Learning Community of Practice to bring together global health experts and domestic health care practitioners to explore opportunities to learn from abroad to address health challenges in the United States.

We’d especially love to hear from WGHA members interested in sharing your experience and expertise with local health and human services organizations. Register for the first meeting of the group—happening on Wednesday, February 23, at noon PT.

Winter weather

Winter isn’t a wonderland for everyone. In Afghanistan, UNICEF is supporting displaced families during harsh winter conditions. It is providing warm blankets, heavy duty tarps, buckets, and other items for families in the Shaidayee IDP camp. More assistance is needed, but these items help provide warmth and sanitation.

Rapid results

A top topic of conversation lately has been rapid COVID-19 tests. Wondering how to even take a self-test? Public Health – Seattle & King County has you covered with tutorial videos in several languages, including ASL. Just a quick nose swab, and you’ll have the results back in minutes.

In Washington, you can order two free at-home test kits through the Washington State Department of Health. They’re delivered to your home, so you can quarantine if you’re concerned you have been exposed.

Welcome home

Adara is helping provide a warm, safe welcome to Nepalis returning home through the India border due to the spike of COVID-19 cases. In the past few weeks, Adara has provided drinking water, handwashing stations, dignified menstruation kits, and health kits to over 11,000 Nepalis. The team plans to continue supporting vaccine equity efforts and COVID-19 relief throughout 2022.

Podcast for good

Did you know that Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement has a podcast? The recent two-part episode of Cancer Health Equity NOW focuses on Indigenous relationality and how the extraction of resources on Indigenous lands impacts the health of their communities. Press pause on your true crime podcast and give this one a listen today.

Cyclone recovery

On January 24, Tropical Storm Ana devastated regions of Malawi. Partners In Health (known as Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi) is supporting recovery efforts. Team members are providing food, temporary shelter, blankets, essential medicines, hygiene kits, and other supplies. They are also providing immediate and long-term support for in-country staff and community health workers who were impacted by the storm.

Omicron updates

Information about COVID-19 changes so quickly, it’s hard to keep up. Check out this video Q&A from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation for the latest updates. In the video, you’ll find answers to whether we should still wear masks, what Omicron BA.2 is, and the severity of future variants. (Hint: Keep masking up for yourself and others.)

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