Washington Engage works to prevent and end human trafficking, in all its forms. Through programs empowering youth and the mobilization of community coalitions Washington Engage’s work raises community awareness, empowers bystanders to become allies in the fight and influences attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent human trafficking.
Research and data on human trafficking and sexual exploitation is limited and often outdated. When there is new research it is difficult to know how credible the source and if the data can be extrapolated beyond the study. The internet and websites, like backpage.com, have dramatically changed the landscape of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. While there are some efforts to collect better data, e.g. the Human Trafficking Data Collection Project, led by the Office of Trafficking in Persons, these projects often last years and do not create actionable data.
A common response from school administrators, parents and community members is something like, “But that’s not happening here. It wouldn’t happen with my kids or the kids we know.” Washington Engage, and our 6-community coalitions, not only desire credible, localized data to better understand prevalence of human trafficking and create stronger prevention efforts.
Project Lead: Stephanie Joyce
WWAMI Pipeline Mapping Project for Health Science Education
• University of Washington: School of Medicine, Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI), Family Medicine Interest Group
• WWAMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at Whatcom College
• Eastern Washington AHEC
There are a vast number of outreach programs throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region striving to bring minorities who are underrepresented in the health care fields toward college level training in the health sciences. However, although it has been shown that outreach programs are most successful when they work together to form a “pipeline”, there are not at this point any systematic efforts being done to encourage these programs to work together and take a more coordinated approach. This is the goal of the Pipeline Mapping Project. We hope to collect and distribute the data that will help these programs gain a clearer view of what is happening in their area, identify gaps in programming and find ways to bridge those gaps. We also plan to create opportunities for programs to come together and share their knowledge on how to remove the barriers that underrepresented students face in moving forward with their dreams.
Our project will work to map the current landscape of of where, how, and at what levels health sciences outreach projects are functioning in both Seattle and the WWAMI region. We will then translate this information onto a user-friendly website/app platform that can be easily accessed by students, volunteers, advisors, and program administrators.
Our goal expands beyond data collection. We are also working to create an intentional community network which will sponsor regular Pipeline Summits.
Washington Healthcare Access Alliance
SDFG supports the efforts of Washington Healthcare Access Alliance (WHAA) by supporting data collection in an annual survey distributed to the free and charitable care network of over 2,300 volunteers and nearly 100 volunteer sites across Washington State. We’ve been happy to work with Executive Director, Christine Lindquist, and Program Coordinator, Molly Korab, throughout 2017. They have truly introduced SDFG to the free clinic community this past year which has opened doors to helping SDFG identify and connect to more “change-agents” in the Washington healthcare safety net community. Four new projects have come out of our close partnership with WHAA.
The Volunteer and Retired Providers Program, administered by WHAA, provides malpractice insurance to healthcare volunteers, and fee-free professional license renewal to healthcare providers who are only using their license for unpaid work. Safety net clinics who participate in this program provide an estimated $5,600,000 in healthcare services to those who need it most. The total program cost to Washington State is $260,000, which covers the malpractice insurance policies and fee-free license renewal costs, as well as staffing.
To ensure that meaningful program data is obtained and disseminated in ways that benefit and strengthen the healthcare safety net system, WHAA teamed-up with SDFG to optimize survey participation and data collection.
SDFG stands as a partner to WHAA, which also serves in coordinating efforts that create the very successful, and nationally recognized, Seattle/King County Clinic, a very large scale free clinic event at which patients acute medical, dental and vision needs are met on a yearly basis.
SDFG embraces and supports WHAA’s efforts in working towards creating a environment that forwards the movement in making universal healthcare accessible to everyone.
Project Lead: Stephanie Joyce