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.
Purpose of newsletter: TO EQUIP YOU! EMPOWER YOU! TO EMBRACE THE FULL YOU!
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 Overcoming Racial Gaslighting.
Ideas for Implementation of July’s Events:
- Join us for the third round of the virtual yoga class, Poses with Providence on July 19 at 7 p.m. If you would like to be added to the RSVP list, please email [email protected]
- In honor of Nelson Mandela Day on July 18, we will connect with his legacy of selflessness and giving back by hosting a non-perishable food drive at our Colby, Pacific, Mill Creek and Monroe campuses. Find collection bins next to our DEI tables from July 1-17. On July 18, all collected foods will be delivered to the Snohomish County Food Bank on behalf of our caregivers.
Be sure to keep an eye out at the Colby cafeteria throughout the month of July for meals representing Bastille Day and Hijri New Year.
- 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.
- If you have questions about this month’s theme or would like further training opportunities for your team, please reach out to Brooke Chhina at [email protected]
Get started on planning for August
- In honor of August’s topic, Privileged Disengagement, we will provide posters to display throughout our campuses to confront the injustices surrounding racial and gender inequalities. If you would like digital copies of these posters to share in your department, please email [email protected]
- For Indigenous Peoples Day, Providence Swedish North Puget Sound plans moments and spaces to honor the land where we practice and the people who the land originally came from. Check out the DEI Multicultural Calendar for more details.
- The DEI team has partnered with our Colby food services team to create a celebratory meal representing Indigenous Peoples Day. Check out the DEI Multicultural Calendar for more details.
Monthly Learning Board Theme & Content Resources
This month’s Learning Board theme is overcoming Racial Gaslighting. To learn about overcoming Racial Gaslighting and how to incorporate this theme into your department click here.
Who is Bebe Campbell?
“We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans… It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get treatment. Recovery is possible.” – Bebe Moore Campbell
In July, we bring awareness to the unique mental health needs of BIPOC communities. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate, who led the national movement to bring awareness to the mental health needs of the Black and other underrepresented communities.
In 2008, Congress formally recognized July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, with the goal of enhancing public awareness of mental health, particularly among communities of color, and improving access to treatment and services.
Let’s come together and support suicide prevention by joining the Snohomish County Out of The Darkness Walk on Oct. 15 at Boxcar Park in Everett. Join a team of Providence caregivers on the walk. To participate by walking or donating, reach out to Team Captain Brooke Chhina or visit the team’s fundraising page.
Talk Saves Lives™ is a free standardized presentation that provides an understanding of suicide as a leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what can be done to save lives. Participants learn common risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, and how to keep themselves and others safe.
In addition to the standard presentation, three specialized modules are available, focusing on specific at-risk communities: LGBTQAI+, seniors, and firearms. The standard Talk Saves Lives presentation and the Seniors module are also available in Spanish. Brooke Chhina is an official Talk Saves Lives presenter. If you’d like her to give this presentation to your team, either virtually or in person, please email [email protected]
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. 😊
- August: World Indigenous Peoples Day
- 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.
- “We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.” – James Baldwin
- “Part of laying down your privilege is listening to oppressed people without arguing, interrogating, minimizing, or gaslighting them.” – Ally Henry
- “Emotional abuse is designed to undermine another’s sense of self. It is deliberate humiliation, with the intent to seize control of how others feel about themselves.” – Lorraine Nilon
- “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
- “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Diversity Cooking Class – A monthly recipe highlighting the cuisine of culture’s from around the world.
July: Orange Blossom Honey Madelines
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange blossom honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, cooled, plus more for molds
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow and thick, about 4 minutes. Beat in honey, vanilla, and orange zest. Gently fold in dry ingredients. Add 5 Tbsp. melted butter; gently fold into batter. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of batter; chill for at least 3 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.
- Position a rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°. Lightly brush madeleine molds with butter. Place pan on a baking sheet. Drop 1 scant Tbsp. batter into each mold. Bake until golden and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven, invert, and quickly knock madeleines out of pan. Serve warm on their own or with Ginger-Yogurt Mousse with Pistachio Meringue.
- Kaila Alvarez, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Manager: [email protected]
- Brooke Chhina, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee Lead: [email protected]
- Jessica Burt, PIHC Program Ops Manager, Community Health and Caregiver Equity & Well-being: [email protected]