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Phase One of P.O.W.E.R Council Plan Complete!

The P.O.W.E.R. Council works with the community to find solutions for better community health, economic opportunities, and stronger community connections.  As part of this initiative, B2L and the P.O.W.E.R. Partners who include healthcare organizations, community based partners, and  independent BIPOC mental, behavioral health, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultants have created a multiphase plan to work toward more community voice, community empowerment, and community well-being.

The first phase included:

  • Developing a survey to collect information about best practices and lessons learned from providers and partners working in spaces to promote wellness by impacting three key social determinants of health: (1) health care services; (2) increasing educational opportunities  (3) increasing social and community supports.

  • Design, develop, and facilitate ten community centric listening sessions, where BIPOC youth, young adults, and other community members with diverse lived experiences will be invited to share feedback that will inform our program design and implementation strategy.

We held our final Listening Session in May. For over a year, we have held sessions in various community settings and online in order to gather data, hear community stories, and share in honest conversations around experiences in the systems of healthcare, education, and criminal justice. It has been a transformative experience for all involved and we look forward to analyzing the data that will inform our programming and generate ideas to serve the healthcare needs of BIPOC communities.

Next Month's Newsletter will discuss the outcomes of our 2nd Annual P.O.W.E.R. Partners Retreat!

Thank you to our P.O.W.E.R. Partners:

  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

  • King County Public Health

  • UW-Physicians Clinic

  • Healthpoint

  • Building Changes

  • Best Starts for Kids

  • Seattle Foundation

  • Communities of Opportunity

Another big thank you to Dr. Kelsey Conrick for working with us on analyzing the data!

As we finish up Phase-1, we are looking for dedicated community members to join our Community Council. Along with B2L Leadership and our P.O.W.E.R partners, the Community Council will work together using data from B2L P.O.W.E.R Listening Sessions to compile, analyze, and organize solutions into the report and generate ideas for serving the healthcare needs of our BIPOC community.

Are you interested in helping your community? Do you want to change the healthcare system to better serve all people? Join today to create meaningful change in our community!

Learn More and apply via the link below!

Check out some photos from our Listening Sessions!

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