COVID-19


January 12, 2024

Bridging Trust and Understanding: The Making of a Community-Centered COVID-19 Communications Toolkit

Kenzie Lock

Bruce Bello, Maria Serrano, Barbara Baquero, Juan Gudino, Miriam Flores, KeliAnne Hara-Hubbard, Najma Abdi and Olivia Hicks

To address the challenge of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, Baquero, Hara-Hubbard, community partners and their team created a community-tailored COVID-19 Communications Toolkit. “Understanding the community and the cultural community you’re working with is a skill and it’s a key component of being able to do meaningful work and strengthen partnerships,” said Hara-Hubbard.


June 24, 2023

Early Learning Community Brief

Travis Ballstadt

The Early Learning (EL) study is happening at the same time as the larger ROSSEY study in all YSD elementary schools. Families enrolled in the EL study will receive health education materials this summer. Here is what we’ve learned so far about our EL participating families!


December 20, 2022

ROSSEY 2022: A Year In Review

Travis Ballstadt

The ROSSEY Project supports a safe, confident return to classrooms during COVID-19. PROJECT OVERVIEW: With your help, in 2022 we: In 2023, we plan to: The ReOpening Schools Safely and Educating Youth (ROSSEY) project is a partnership between the Yakima School District, the Center for Community Health Promotion, and the University of Washington. Together, we’re…


June 24, 2022

All Hands on Deck: Keeping Children and Families Safe at Home and School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Travis Ballstadt

The ROSSEY team was in your schools talking to school staff, parents and students. We found out about how the community came together and worked to keep each other safe during COVID-19. WHO PARTICIPATED We heard from 26 parents, 18 students, and 19 school staff members WHAT WE LEARNED Community members worked hard to make…


June 7, 2022

Student Honored in Husky 100 during 2022

Rachel Seymour

Each year, UW recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students who are making the most of their time at the university. We are excited to share that one of the students supporting the center’s work has been named to the Husky 100 — Sheharbano Jafry. She is a third-year undergraduate, who has been supporting the information navigator blog as part of the Partnership for Vaccine Confidence project.


October 29, 2021

New COVID-19 Information Training Supports Bilingual Community Members

Rachel Seymour

In a collaborative effort to increase vaccination rates, the Partnership for Vaccine Confidence team is offering a free training for bilingual and multilingual community members to learn how they can share accurate COVID-19 health information with their language communities and help save lives.


October 13, 2021

ROSSEY Project Updates: Summer & Spring 2021 Findings

Rachel Seymour

The ReOpening Schools Safely and Educating Youth (ROSSEY) project launched at four elementary schools in the Yakima School District during the 2021 spring and summer. The ROSSEY team was able to offer COVID-19 testing for students and staff, as well as information around COVID-19 safety and vaccinations to families.


September 30, 2021

Reducing Arthritis Pain by Improving Access to Group Exercise During COVID-19

Rachel Seymour

Kushang Patel and his team collaborated with Sound Generations to adapt Enhance®Fitness to be accessible online. Now, they will partner with Y-USA to evaluate whether the online Enhance®Fitness produces similar benefits as the in-person version of the program.


May 13, 2021

Collaborating to Increase King County Vaccination Rates

Rachel Seymour

COVID vaccine vials

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center (UW HPRC) is working to increase vaccination rates for underserved communities within King County, Washington. This project will specifically include Latino, Black, and immigrant multigenerational households with elders and adults working in essential industries.


Testing a Safe & Confident Return to Classrooms for Latino Youth

Rachel Seymour

Young girl with braided hair and a mask on running.

Thanks to $4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Washington and its partners are collaborating with elementary schools in the Yakima Valley to evaluate how effective COVID-19 testing, safety measures, and communications around COVID-19 can be at safely increasing in-person attendance.



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