August NPS Caregiver Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Well-being Monthly Newsletter

August's theme is privileged disengagement

Welcome to NPS’s Caregiver DEI & Well-being centered newsletter! 

Thank you for being part of the positive change and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to all at Providence. We’ve heard your voices and requests for access to upcoming DEI events and information to help you implement these celebrations and resources in your departments. To ease your way, we created a DEI newsletter that will be sent to you each month.  


Our goal is to aid you and your team with resources, activities, and opportunties to shine a light on different DEI celebrations each month. We hope this newsletter and calendar help take the burden off you to produce a plan to create a more inclusive environment. We want to support you in any way we can. Resources in the newsletter include: 

  • Access the interactive monthly multi-cultural calendar where you and your team can easily sign up to participate in different holidays/traditions we’ll celebrate
  • Access to learning boards on the topic of the month, as well as pertinent videos, articles, and links
  • Easy access to DEI & Well-being Grant applications to fund projects and serve your department’s DEI and well-being needs.
  • Local caregiver spotlights and Diversity and Well-being Committee updates

Monthly Multicultural Calendar

To open the printable calendar, click on the image above. The digital calendar is located here: DEI Calendar

Our monthly Multicultural Calendar is a guide to the holidays of the month, as well as events/celebrations the DEI team has planned. Each calendar has QR codes that link to flyers with more details about each event. If you need assistance implementing any of these projects, have questions about the event, or want to share pictures of how your department celebrated, please email [email protected].

Each month, there’ll be an overall theme we’d like you, as a department lead, to focus on with your team. We’ve provided Learning Board materials, links, videos, recommended actions and more. This month, the focus is on Privileged Disengagement.

Ideas for implementing this month’s events: 

    • Be sure to keep an eye out at the Colby cafeteria throughout the month of August for a celebratory meal celebrating the International Day of The World’s Indigenous People on August 9th.
    • Keep an eye out for out #FacetheFacts Privileged Disengagement flyers around various departments and common areas during the month of August. These flyers work to not only provide reminders about the injustices and inequalities faced by our underrepresented community members, but also give tips on how you can fight these inequalities today. Electronic copies of these posters were included with the distribution of your newsletter, please feel free to hang them around your office! If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
    • Appoint a departmental DEI Champion/Ambassador, someone to be responsible for checking the Multicultural Calendar and implementing events your team would like to participate in.
    • Decorate your office to reflect culturally diverse holidays for that month.

Get started on planning for September 

  • Keep an eye out for some important and impactful training and events surrounding Suicide Prevention Month. Updates coming soon!
  • The DEI team has partnered with our Colby food services team to create a celebratory meal representing Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out the DEI multicultural calendar for more details.

Monthly Learning Board Theme & Content Resources

This month’s Learning Board theme is Priviledged Disengagement. To learn about how to incorporate this theme into your department click here

Monthly Mental Health Check In 

Let us come together and support suicide prevention by joining the Snohomish County Out of The Darkness Walk on Oct. 15 at Boxcar Park in Everett. We’re creating a team of Providence employees to join the walk. If you’d like to participate by walking or donating, reach out to Team Captain Brooke Chhina or click the link HERE.   

Edge of Amazing

Attend the eigth annual Edge of Amazing where we’ll expore The Power of Relationships:  bridging the gap between practice and policy.  

Download the Edge of Amazing Flyer here.

Request for caregiver stories  

Providence caregivers represent a vast array of diverse backgrounds, cultures, belief systems, circumstances, and more. It’s a privilege to work for an organization where we can learn from one another if given the chance. This section of our newsletter is one of those chances. Below is a list of upcoming holidays, celebrations, and monthly themes. If you have a personal connection to any of these topics (or if you have another DEI/wellness story unrelated to these topics) and feel comfortable sharing, we’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to [email protected] for more details. Those who participate will receive a gift for their time and energy.  😊 

  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • September: Suicide Prevention Month
  • October: Diwali
  • October: World Mental Health Day
  • October: National Coming Out Day

Additional Team Resources

  • If you or anyone in your department is interested in learning more about DEI and Well-being, or would like to participate in our action planning, please email [email protected] about joining our Diversity and Well-being Committee here at Providence.
  • For additional resources about DEI and caregiver wellness, click here to be sent to our Caregiver Resource Hub.

Quote Corner

  • “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures”- Cesar Chavez
  • “There is so much fear and hate. We must negate it with active, courageous love”- Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez
  • “It is necessary for us to raise our children with our roots so that they can communicate with their grandparents, but also so that they can create some kind of empathy for human beings that do not look like them, and do not sound like them, and do no smell like them” – Zoe Saldana
  • “If you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”- Roberto Clemente
  • “One of the greatest things you have in life is that no one has the authority to tell you what you want to be. You’re the one who’ll decide what you want to be. Respect yourself and respect the integrity of others as well. The greatest thing you have is your self-image, a positive opinion of yourself. You must never let anyone take it from you.”- Jamie Escalante


Diversity Cooking Class – A monthly recipe highlighting the cuisine of culture’s from around the world.

August: Tortas de Platano Recipe 

  • 4 large, ripe plantains
  • 1/8-1/4 cup flour, as needed
  • 8 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 6 oz queso quesadilla, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the plantains (in their skins) and cook 10-12 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, shred your cheese.
  3. When they are cool enough to handle, take the plantains our of their skins.
  4. Pulse the plantains in the food processor with cube butter, flour, salt, and pepper. Start with 1/8 cup. Keep adding flour until a soft dough forms. It should not be sticky or greasy.
  5. Once you have soft, workable dough, pinch off a gold-sized ball portion and flatten into a thin disc. Add a little cheese to the center and fold over. Seal by pressing the seams together.
  6. Coat in flour and shake off the excess.
  7. Fry in batches over medium-high heat, in a large skillet coated with vegetable oil. Sprinkle with salt when done.

Hosted By:

    • Brooke Chhina, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee Lead: [email protected]
    • Jessica Burt, PIHC Program Ops Manager, Community Health and Caregiver Equity & Well-being: [email protected]


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