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KCMS Delegate Council

For the 2023 Legislative Session, KCMS is working on presenting ten resolutions to legislators.
Initially, our delegates will present the KCMS resolutions to WSMA at their Annual Conference on October 1st - 2nd in Spokane. 

The KCMS lobbyist, James Paribello, is also actively working with KCMS delegates to connect them with legislators that can help inform and promote their legislative efforts. Once completed, we will share with you the full list of resolutions.


the Second KCMS Healthcare Pros Podcasts

KCMS is excited to offer our second Podcast in the “KCMS Healthcare Pros” series. This month's topic focuses on firearm safety to better engage the community. Dr. Fred Rivara has shared, 

"Our mission is that children should grow up without injury. Over the past 25 years, my work has been dedicated to making that hope a reality."

Dr. Rivara has contributed significantly to firearm safety by showing the risks of firearms in the home and developing the science to support evidence-based solutions, including safe storage of firearms, and legislation to prevent firearm access to those who are at the highest risk of harm to self or others. 
This second episode of KCMS Healthcare Pros features Dr. Rivara. Click the button below to listen to this fascinating episode.
Listen to Dr. Fred Rivara Speak About Firearm Safety
for the King County Medical Society Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony!
At this ceremony, we will recognize the outstanding contributions of physicians, administrators, staff, and legislators. 
The Awards Event will be held on November 10th,  2022, starting at 6 p.m. with dinner and amazing views overlooking the Seattle waterfront. (Assuming Covid restrictions allow.)
The Award Selection Committee will review all submitted nominations. Please, click below & submit your nominations for all categories! Nominating takes ~5 minutes.
Survey for Excellence In Medicine Awards

TB Survey

Please share this survey with Practicing Healthcare Professionals & Clinic Managers

KCMS is partnering with Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) to help eliminate TB in King County. The initial step is to hear from YOU and your colleagues through the use of this survey.
Help us partner with Healthcare professionals, clinics, and communities to increase testing and treatment of Latent TB Infection (LTBI) and stop LTBI before it progresses to active TB disease.
Please complete the survey below, and share it with colleagues about barriers to LTBI testing and treatment. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
TB Survey for Clinic Managers
TB Survey for Healthcare Professionals

EPA Seeks Nominations

from representatives to serve on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee

The EPA seeks nominations from non-federal representatives to serve on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC).
Candidates from diverse backgrounds include industry; tribal, state, county, and local government; school systems; academia; health care providers (including pediatricians, obstetric professionals, occupational medicine practitioners, and community nurses); and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply.

EPA values and welcomes opportunities to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility on its Federal Advisory Committees. To obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations from a diverse pool of applicants regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and geographic region.

Nominations should be submitted by August 15, 2022. Please refer to the Federal Register Notice, 87 FR 40529, July 7, 2022. For more information, click the button below.

Submit EPA Nominations and More Details

988: New Suicide & Crisis Hotline NOW Available

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country.

On July 16, 2022, the U.S. transitioned to using the 988-dialing code, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline.

988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number—it’s a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Read full 988 article

EvergreenHealth’s Chief Information Officer,

Jason Wood, named
2022 Seattle CIO of the Year
Published by The Inspire CIO Leadership Network.

EvergreenHealth Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jason Wood, MBA, MS, was recently named 2022 Seattle CIO of the Year by The Inspire CIO Leadership Network.

The Inspire CIO Leadership Network recognizes exceptional leadership, innovation, and vision among technology executives spanning all industries. Described by his colleagues as a big-picture information technology (IT) leader, Wood’s vision and technical skills have enabled him to successfully manage IT systems throughout the EvergreenHealth system. Each division provides unique IT challenges, and since he joined the organization in 2021, Wood and his team have provided unparalleled service, bringing everyone together to make the patient experience as seamless as possible.
“I am beyond honored to be named a Seattle CIO of the Year,” said Wood. “IT is laser-focused on creating community stakeholder value. As a public hospital district, we are an extension of the community and are accountable for delivering value that enriches the health of all those we serve. My approach to leading this important work through the lens of IT is to build high-performance teams by investing time and resources in our people who share our commitment to EvergreenHealth’s mission and values.”

New Drowning Prevention Partnership

between Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital

By: Alexandra de Leon
Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) have a long and productive history of impactful partnerships to prevent injury and violence, most of which have included impact on regional or national policy.  These partnerships have grown out of complementary strengths around outreach, messaging, communication, partnerships, and a focus on child wellbeing (SCH), together with the expertise in translation of evidence-based approaches, real-world evaluation, policy impact, external funding, and health equity (HIPRC).

In a new partnership, HIPRC and SCH will join forces to 1) Synergize existing partners toward youth drowning prevention, 
2) Co-develop a culturally resonant and parent-friendly drowning prevention toolkit and resource guide, and 3) Disseminate and evaluate the drowning prevention toolkit.
Open water drownings remain a leading cause of fatal injury in WA State, and Black and Native American/ Alaska Native persons have the highest drowning rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Joint studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of life jackets in the prevention of drowning deaths, outlined important epidemiologic research on risk and protective factors for the safe enjoyment of open water recreation, and have successfully advocated for the adoption of stronger life jacket requirements for kids, boating identification cards for water safety, and stronger laws governing alcohol or drug-impaired boating which puts others at risk.

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