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King County health care leaders voice support for new vaccine verification law in joint statement

| Sep 30, 2021 | Washington

Several leading health organizations in King County released a joint statement on Sep. 24 in support of King County’s recently-announced policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination proof or a negative test for many outdoor and indoor recreational events and establishments. Signatories of the statement include executives from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente,...[ Read More ]

Washington State receives emergency vouchers for homelessness relief

| May 20, 2021 | Washington

Washington State will receive 2,443 emergency housing vouchers from the federal government for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.     U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced Monday the allocation of $5 billion in American Rescue Plan...[ Read More ]

Audit finds issues of racial bias in housing and discipline, and mental health shortfalls in King County Jails

| Apr 6, 2021 | Washington

A year-long audit of King County adult jails found issues with racial bias in housing and discipline, shortages of mental health housing and more. It also found that pandemic-imposed social distancing drastically reduced instances of violence in the Seattle jail.     The report, released by the King County Auditor’s...[ Read More ]

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 ]

Turning hotels into emergency shelter as part of COVID-19 response limited spread of coronavirus, improved health and stability

| Oct 8, 2020 | Washington

A King County initiative that moved people out of homeless shelters and into hotel rooms earlier this year helped slow the transmission of coronavirus, according to early findings from a study of the intervention. The intervention also produced other benefits to the people who were relocated, say authors of the joint study...[ Read More ]

Molina and King County announce 3-year behavioral health agreement

Emily Boerger | Jun 23, 2020 | Washington

Following a two-year trial period, Molina Healthcare of Washington and King County have announced a three-year agreement to support behavioral health care in the region. King County is the only county in Washington that plays a central coordinating role for the behavioral health care system in the area; other counties...[ Read More ]