Interested in joining the Collaborative?
If you are interested in joining the Collaborative, please fill out this Interest Form. We are accepting Interest Forms on an ongoing basis. We will respond to everyone who expresses interest. If you are a health care or vaccination partner interested in providing or distributing vaccine, please visit our vaccine information for health care providers web page.
The Collaborative, launched in February 2021, helps implement effective and equitable vaccine access strategies that centers the voices of people and communities most impacted by COVID-19.
DOH made an intentional choice to create a structure that allows all interested partners the option to participate on an on-going basis. This structure is based on the concept of collaboration, where a group of people work together around a shared project or mission.
The Collaborative ensures an equity and social justice lens is incorporated in DOH's vaccine planning and implementation efforts.
To ensure effective outreach and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine to all communities, DOH is intentionally centering the voices, feedback, recommendations and requests of communities and sectors disproportionally impacted. Communities disproportionally impacted include:
- People at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions and/or age.
- People at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure or illness because of occupation.
- People at higher risk for COVID-19 exposure or illness because of living situation.
- People disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 because of access barriers.
- People disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic because of systemic inequities and racism.
The Collaborative is guided by the direction of Collaborative Thought Partners. Collaborative Thought Partners are Collaborative members who take a more formal, active and represented role within the Collaborative to ensure it is community co-led, centers the communities and sectors that have been most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, addresses equitable vaccine distribution and access, and advances pandemic recovery efforts.
- How will the Collaborative be structured?
Monthly or bi-monthly Community Relations Briefings
Collaborative members will have the opportunity to connect with the department's COVID-19 Vaccine Program to hear real time updates, share questions and concerns directly with COVID-19 vaccine response leaders.
Ongoing Collaborative Feedback Sessions
Collaborative members will have the opportunity to provide feedback on vaccine planning, outreach and access efforts via virtual meetings, phone conference calls, or email. Collaborative Feedback Sessions will be combined with the bi-monthly/monthly Community Relations Briefings whenever possible, but separate opportunities may be organized.
Ongoing Community Shared Learning
Collaborative members will have the opportunity to participate in shared learning, developing and strengthening partnerships, sharing best practices & resources, facilitating networking and building community.
Collaborative members will decide if it is beneficial to create additional work groups, and if so, what workgroups to form. Collaborative members who are interested in a more formal role can choose to be on a work group and can dedicate up to 10 hours per month. Example work the groups could lead includes providing recommendations to address access barriers or supporting the development of community-informed outreach strategies.
- What is expected of Collaborative members?
The Collaborative will be a space for members to:
- Support COVID-19 vaccine planning and implementation efforts as guided by state and federal guidance.
- Provide feedback on COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts to ensure messaging is community-driven and builds vaccine confidence and trust within Washington communities.
- Share COVID-19 vaccine updates and materials with their respective communities/sectors and other Collaborative members.
- What is expected of the Department of Health?
- Build authentic relationships and trust with community members
- Engage in community-based participatory practices
- Ensure outreach, communication, and education strategies are informed by community
- Address community identified needs and implement recommendations to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine
- Approach all conversations with transparency and share openly how community feedback will be utilized
- Who should join the Collaborative?
Anyone committed to our shared mission! And, specifically:
Disproportionately impacted communities and sectors
- Individual(s)at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19: Older adult, person with co-morbidities, person with disabilities, or pregnant person
- Health care workers who serve people at higher risk for severe illness: Geriatrics providers, home care aides, doula/birth workers, navigators, community health workers, etc.
- Essential workers in high risk settings: agricultural workers, seafood processing, etc.
- Educators: teachers, school staff, early learning providers
- Young adults (18-24 years)
- Long Term Care Facility and group home staff members
- Community advocates and representatives for people in congregate settings: people experiencing homelessness, people who are detained/incarcerated, etc.
- Community leaders serving/representing immigrant and refugee communities
- Community leaders serving/representing individuals with disabilities
- Community leaders serving/representing people who are uninsured
- Community leaders serving/representing rural and frontier communities
- Community leaders serving/representing the LGBTQIA+ community
- Community leaders serving/representing the African American/Black communities
- Community leaders serving/representing the Asian American communities
- Community leaders serving/representing the Latinx communities
- Community leaders serving/representing the Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander communities
- Community leaders and organizations serving/representing urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities
Vaccination implementation partners
- Faith based communities
- Local Health Jurisdictions
- Accountable Communities of Health
- Immunization coalitions
- Health care system and hospitals
- Community health centers
Collaborative meetings usually occur the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tentative dates below:
- September 7, 2022
- October 5, 2022
- November 2, 2022
- December 7, 2022
- Collaborative meeting minutes, presentation slides, feedback sessions, and community questions and answers