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About the Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group

In early March 2020, Public Health — Seattle & King County convened representatives from various community, business, and government sectors in King County who are working together to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accelerating the use of the recommended and required community mitigation strategies.

Committed to two-way communication, the Advisory Group helps share information and urge action within their respective networks, and also informs Public Health on what they are seeing on the ground – both challenges and opportunities. We work to help prevent, interrupt, and respond to misinformation and stigma.

Information about COVID-19 is changing frequently. Guidance found in these presentations may be outdated. Please consult the COVID-19 homepage for the most current information.

September 3, 2020

  • Discussion with Dr. Jeff Duchin and Director Patty Hayes
    • What challenges are you experiencing in the work to combat and take precautions for COVID-19?
    • What are immediate steps Public Health could take to improve the situation?
    • What policy changes could address lessons learned so far?

September 10, 2020

  • Update on "Racism is a Public Health Crisis"
  • Revised purpose statement and Steering Committee for Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group

August 13, 2020

  • Food security
    • CARES Act Request for Application
    • Food security: draft of new data brief

  • Planning for a future COVID 19 vaccine

August 20, 2020

  • PCAG subgroup proposal to modify PCAG purpose and leadership structure
  • King County Budget, supplemental request and 2021-2022 biennium

July 2, 2020

  • Reflections
  • Feedback on mental health indicators brief
  • Maximizing safety in Phase 2 reopening: your challenges & successes

July 9, 2020

  • Introductions
  • Participation guidelines
  • Background: Commitments to pro-equity strategies in the King County budget
  • Budget input Part 1: COVID-19 emergency funding (2020)
  • Budget input Part 2: 2021-2022 biennial budget

July 23, 2020

  • A conversation with Patty Hayes, Director, Public Health-Seattle & King County
    • COVID-19: Where do we stand today in King County? What barriers and issues are you seeing?
    • Racism is a public health crisis

July 30, 2020

  • A conversation on equity impacts: the interconnected systems of childcare and schools

June 4, 2020

  • Standing for Justice while we keep our community safe
  • COVID-19 and Unrecognized Realities Experienced by Black People
  • Safe Start: King County's application to the State for modified Phase 1 opening
  • King County Small Business Task Force Webinars
  • Testing updates
  • Now hiring - Contact Tracers!
  • Face coverings and personal protective equipment
  • New grant opportunity: supplemental COVID-19 Community Response Fund, King County Office of Equity and Social Justice
  • New data on the Social, Economic and Overall Health Impact Dashboard: Traffic

June 11, 2020

  • Face coverings distribution
  • Safe Start Phase 2
  • Reflections from the Community Health Board Coalition
  • Racism is a public health crisis

June 18, 2020

  • Community Well-being
  • Seattle Foundation Phase 2 Grants
  • Re-opening safely
  • Open discussion and announcements

June 25, 2020

  • Announcements from Advisory Group members
  • Discuss King County Budget

May 7, 2020

  • Check in on proposed non-medical face coverings directive
  • Mobilizing for contact tracing

May 14, 2020

  • Follow-up items
  • Perspectives from Advisory Group members
  • Monitoring social, economic, and health impacts of COVID-19 mitigation on King County residents

May 21, 2020

  • Seattle Foundation – Phase 2 Update
  • Reflections from Aging & Disability Services
  • Check in on face coverings Directive
  • Considerations for expanding community access to PPE

May 28, 2020

  • Controlling the spread of COVID-19 in King County: What barriers are you seeing? What help is needed?

April 2, 2020

  • Positive signs - and a continued call to action
  • Current situation and key resources
  • Isolation and quarantine discussion
  • Supporting mental health: what would be helpful?

April 9, 2020

  • Welcome and current context
  • COVID-19 Data Tools; understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups – what’s important to you?
  • Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund – Feedback & Next Steps
  • Open forum/Q&A

April 16, 2020

  • Welcome
  • Discussion with King County Metro Transit
  • Looking ahead: A conversation with Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County

April 23, 2020

  • Deepening community partnerships to build a more just recovery
  • Highlighting community response efforts
  • Follow-up items from previous meetings

April 30, 2020

  • Path forward
  • Updated on COVID-19 data by race/ethnicity
  • Community response efforts
  • Follow-upand future items

March 5, 2020

  • Intent of Advisory Group
  • COVID-19 Response – Community Mitigation Structure
  • Current Guidance - Recommended Strategies to Reduce Spread
  • Open Forum – Priority Issues and Questions

March 12, 2020

  • Follow-ups from last week
  • Current situation and guidance
  • COVID-19 Response Fund: Seattle Foundation

March 19, 2020

  • Current situation and new guidance
  • Communication tools
  • Matching needs and resources: What’s happening now? Creative ideas for more rapid, equity-driven connections?

March 26, 2020

  • An encouragement for self-care
  • Community mitigation group structure – sector task forces
  • Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund Update
  • Latest mitigation strategies: Stay Home, Stay Healthy and accompanying social marketing campaign
  • Supporting mental health: what would be helpful?

For more information about the Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group, contact: