Washington state informational and networking events for families with children with special health needs

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Health Equity and Rare Disorders @ online
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Health Equity and Rare Disorders @ online

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD®) is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Rare Disease Diversity Coalition (RDDC) on a three-part webinar series discussing the role that health care providers play in addressing health inequity in the rare disease community. The series will explore underlying issues that lead to inequities and encourage participants to evaluate their interactions with members of the rare disease community from marginalized groups.

Join us for the first part in the series on December 9 for a discussion about the disproportionate impact of rare disorders on communities of color, including barriers to access for early and accurate diagnosis, affordable health care, referrals to specialists, provision of educational and support services, and participation in clinical trials. This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, and feature a primary health care physician, a genetic counselor, and a rare disease patient advocate.

This webinar is intended for all members of the rare disease community, including those that care for and advance research on behalf of those living with a rare disease.

31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights @ online
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
31st Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights @ online

Join the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights for the 31st Annual Conference for Human Rights that takes place virtually from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 11. The conference is free but pre-registration is required prior to the day of the event. There is no need to sign up for specific conference sessions in advance. The links to the conference schedule, including session descriptions and presenter information, and to register are below.

This year’s event centers around “Calling the Circle for Restorative Justice,” and looks at how restorative circles are used to build and restore relationships through equal opportunity, sharing and listening, and by providing every individual the opportunity to speak and be heard.

Multiple workshops and other sessions will also be offered on topics related to restorative practices and initiatives, compassionate listening, using data to promote equity, fostering a recovery friendly region, impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations and examining racism from public health and historical perspectives. The annual Linda Gabriel Awards will also be announced, recognizing youth, individuals and organizations in Kitsap County who have made significant contributions to human rights.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners’ Office at rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.