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UW professor highlights the disparate COVID-19 experience of minority communities in King County

| Nov 17, 2020 | Washington

Significant disparities have been observed between different racial minorities’ experiences with COVID-19, according to data presented by Dr. Danny Colombara last Thursday at an online seminar hosted by the UW’s Whole U Organization. Five months ago, Dr. Colombara, adjunct professor at the UW School of Public Health, began compiling data...[ Read More ]

Inslee appoints Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH new secretary of health

| Nov 17, 2020 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. “Dr. Shah brings an unrivaled expertise, knowledge and passion for public...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Election results, Topical Agenda, Agency review teams

| Nov 12, 2020 | Washington

Gov. Inslee is to provide an "address" this evening at 5:30. He will not take questions. This comes following an "urgent" media background meeting earlier this week with state officials. At 202 cases per 100k over 14 days, the current rate of COVID spread is almost 3x what it was back...[ Read More ]

Will safety workgroup impede COVID-19 vaccine implementation?

| Nov 11, 2020 | California, Oregon, Washington

Pfizer and its partner BioNTech recently announced its coronavirus vaccine is 90% effective after analyzing data from its Phase 3 trials. Despite the promising data, it could be a long time before the vaccine is made available to the general public. The trial includes 43,538 participants from diverse backgrounds. Only...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2021 Washington State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference now available!

Emily Boerger | Nov 10, 2020 | Washington

The Topical Agendas and for our 2021 Washington State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference on January 6th-7th are now live! State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers – each working to improve our health care system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single place. We’ve...[ Read More ]

COVID-19 cases surge in Washington State

| Nov 10, 2020 | Washington

Washington State is currently enduring one of its most serious COVID-19 influxes to date. With the state’s total case count having recently surpassed 118,000, the daily case count in Washington has steadily increased since it hit a low point in mid-September. There have been several noteworthy spikes in cases in...[ Read More ]

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