May NWWA Caregiver Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Well-being Monthly Newsletter

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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 brooke.chhina@providence.org.

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 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Ideas for Implementation of May’s Events:

    • Be sure to keep an eye out at the Colby cafeteria throughout the month of May for various DEI celebrations. Check out the DEI multicultural calendar for more details.
    • 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.
    • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Keep a look out for our tables with resources regarding mental health.
    • Also, if you’d like to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk 2022, scheduled for October 15 (walking and/or donating funds) to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), please reach out to event chair and AFSP Board Member, Brooke Chhina at brooke.chhina@providence.org. for more details.
    • 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 brooke.chhina@providence.org.

Looking Ahead: Get Started on planning for June

  • To order PRIDE month decorations for your department, please email brooke.chhina@providence.org by May 16.
  • On June 16, we’ll hold an in-person Health and Well-being Fair for caregivers in the grassy area next to the PRIDE crosswalk and Seattle Children’s North Clinic. The fair will be open from 10-2 and feature various booths set up with great resources and fun prizes for caregivers to enjoy. We will also have food, so come enjoy lunch on us!
  • On June 20, Providence will celebrate Juneteenth. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding some exciting celebrations.

 


Monthly Learning Board Theme & Content Resources

Click here for this month’s Learning Board theme and learn more about neurodiversity awareness and how to incorporate this theme into your department.  

May 2022 topic of the month: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Awareness Month

It’s time to share your voice!  

Look for the 2022 Health and Well-being Monitor Survey opening April 25. You can find the survey information and link HERE.

All participants entered in prize drawings!

Look for the 2022 Health and Well-being Monitor Survey open thru May 20th. Help spread the word! Share this PowerPoint at a team meeting or Download flyer to post or email your team, watch for posters and table tents, and be sure to take the survey yourself! All participants entered in prize drawings!

Your voice matters! You’re invited to participate in the 2022 Caregiver Health and Well-being Monitor. The Monitor is a series of questions that provides us with a full picture of well-being within the Providence North Puget Sound caregiver community. The results will help unify efforts to support a workplace culture that improves caregiver well-being and equity, together. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

We don’t need to spend time talking about how tough the last few years, months, even days have been. Between a pandemic, political unrest, war crimes, obvious inequalities, and just day-to-day stressors, it’s easy to feel despondent, weighed down, and isolated.

In times like this, it’s especially important to lean on our community. To create safe spaces of unity and allyship for all. Let’s remove the stigma of mental health struggles and provide opportunities for outreach, education and research benefiting suicide prevention.

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.


Lastly, we wanted to make you aware of a great free resource available. Talk Saves Lives™ is a standardized presentation that provides participants with an understanding of suicide as a leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what can be done in communities to save lives. Participants will 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: LGBT, seniors, and firearms. The standard Talk Saves Lives presentation and the Seniors module are also available in Spanish. afsp.org/talksaveslives . Brooke Chhina is an official Talk Saves Lives presenter. If you would like her to give this presentation to your team, either virtually or in person, please email brooke.chhina@providence.org

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 so 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 brooke.chhina@providence.org for more details. Those who participate will receive a gift for their time and energy. 😊 

  • June: PRIDE Month 
  • June: Juneteenth  
  • June: Father’s 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 brooke.chhina@providence.org 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

  • “The American dream belongs to all of us.” ― Kamala Harris
  • “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.” ― Margaret Cho
  • “I intend to live life, not just exist.” ― George Takei
  • “When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” ― Yo-Yo Ma
  • “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” ― Jack Ma
  • “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Don’t ever think that just because you do things differently, you’re wrong.” ― Gail Tsukiyama

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

May: Hawaiian Loco Moco

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups white rice uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 green onions, sliced
Instructions:
  1. Rinse the rice under cool water. Place the rinsed rice and 2 cups water in a rice cooker and cook.
  2. Shape the ground beef into four patties. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties. Sear for 4 minutes. Flip. Cook for 4 more minutes. Remove the patties and set aside.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the flour to the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  5. Add 1/2 cup beef broth to the skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Add the remaining beef broth and soy sauce. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In another skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high high. Crack the eggs into the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, until the whites are cooked through. The yolks should remain loose.
  8. Place a large circle cookie cutter on a plate. Fill with a spoonful of rice. Remove the cookie cutter.
  9. Place a cooked patty on top of the rice. Spoon on a ladle of gravy. Top with a cooked egg, and garnish with green onions.

Find the recipe HERE  


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May Featured Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and stroke Awareness Month here are some local Mental Health and Stroke Support Resources you can find on Livewelllocal.org and on our Facebook page.

ImHurting Crisis Chat

ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound region. Their mission is to help people by providing online emotional support during times of crisis. Everyone is welcome to talk about what’s causing them to feel pain. Crisis Counselors will listen to you without judgment, and help you feel cared about and safe. You can expect the Crisis Counselor to help you explore your feelings, come up with some coping strategies, and focus on your personal safety. This is a safe place to talk about what’s troubling you – including suicide. 

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It is a public education and prevention tool that connects people with care for and improves knowledge of mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid USA is taught by certified instructors. Classes are taught at the Compass Health Federal Avenue Campus in Everett open to the community, by contract and by contract at your site. Class size is 12 to 30 participants. 

The Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group is specifically designed to offer you and your caregivers, family and friends the opportunity to talk with other stroke survivors and learn how to make the most life after stroke. We know you have many questions. This group is led by fellow stroke survivors who offer insights into what they have learned and helpful tips they have gained, all in an open and friendly environment. The Stroke Support Group meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at the Medical Office Building adjacent to the Hospital in the St. Helens Room. For questions, please contact Lisa Shumaker at 425-404-6842.

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