Hear From DCHS Staff on Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and How They Empower Communities

Affinity Groups, also known as Employee Resource Groups (ERG), focus on protected categories of people as defined by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. These employee groups address racism and other forms of oppression to advance the County’s equity and social justice goals—enhancing the King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic plan through their vital work.…

Join us: Veteran diversity, equity and inclusion listening sessions

Our King County Veterans Program, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Puget Sound Health Care System) is hosting four listening sessions on diversity, equity and inclusion in veterans service systems. The listening sessions seek to learn and hear from veteran constituents (partners, employees and clients)…

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New homeless response system dashboards advance our understanding of system performance and equity

By Christina McHugh and Pear Moraras While the annual Point-in-Time Count provides a snapshot of homelessness on a single night, we need a more consistent and reliable source of information to inform ongoing decision making. We now increasingly look to our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data dashboards to understand trends in homelessness and how…

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How We Use Data to Combat Racial Disparities in Homeless Housing

Written by: Victoria Ewing, Evaluator, Homeless and Housing Understanding and Improving Coordinated Entry Prioritization Over the past year, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) has partnered with C4 Innovations to analyze the racial equity impact of homeless housing prioritization tools used across the country. C4’s report, published in October 2019, found that one…

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Developmental Screening for All: Building an Equitable System for Developmental Screening, Referral, and Connection

This post was originally published to the Best Starts for Kids blog. This is the third post in our blog series “Developmental Screening for All.” For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and…

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Transition Fairs provide connection and opportunity for youth with developmental disabilities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7pWHwFMrm8 This blog post was originally posted on KCEmployees.com School-to-Work Program The King County School-to-Work Program provides students with developmental disabilities the resources to plan a bright future after high school. The program is currently planning its 13th annual Transition Resource Fairs: two one-day conferences attended by families, teachers, local agencies, and potential employers intended to help students with…