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Tribes educate legislators about the oral health care crisis in Indian Country


“Tribes are sovereign entities and there are cultural differences that have to be kept in mind whenever we do service provision, and it is best done by the tribe itself.”

—John Stephens, dental director of the Swinomish Indian Tribe

dental3By exercising their rights to tribal self-determination, Native American communities have a crucial means of saving lives and protecting their members’ health. Legislators are aware of this. That’s why the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee held a work session Feb. 25 on the oral health needs and the use of Dental Health Aide Therapists (dental therapists) in Indian Country.

MEDIA RELEASE: "State of Washington's Children 2013" looks at racial opportunity gap

Posted on: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 10:35am

Today, KIDS COUNT in Washington releases a new report, “The State of Washington’s Children 2013: Good Data for a Strong Future.”

“The State of Washington’s Children 2013” describes how Washington’s children fare in education, health care, and basic needs. It also shares the perspectives of leaders in communities of color to help us understand what this data means for families all across the state.

Read the full press release.

Native American children lead ranks of uninsured in WA

Though Washington has made great progress toward providing all kids with health coverage, an estimated 78,000 remain uninsured, and it’s a problem that plagues American Indian children at much higher rates than any other group.

Race Matters Toolkit: Highlights

Created on: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:48am

The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. Below are direct links to a few key tools.

Race Matters Toolkit User's Guide
A review of the toolkit and how to use it.

Race Matters Toolkit: Unequal Opportunities

Created on: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:17am

The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.

Fact Sheet: Juvenile Justice

Created on: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 9:37am

In 2008, the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), where youth committing serious offenses are held, reported that more than 60% of youth held in JRA facilities have “significant mental health issues,” and 85% of the youth in residential care are substance abusers or chemically dependent. Click on the attached fact sheet to read more about juvenile justice in Washington.

Early Learning Fact Sheet

Created on: Monday, December 1, 2008 - 5:07pm

Less than half of the state’s incoming kindergarteners are adequately prepared to succeed in school, and students in low-income communities tend to be even less prepared. Among the lowest income kindergarten classrooms in the state, only 25% of students are considered ready for kindergarten. Click on the attached fact sheet for more information about early learning in Washington.

Press Release - Hunger Hits Hard

Created on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:26pm

A new report from the Children’s Alliance, Hungry in Washington 2008, is sounding an early alarm about widespread hunger in Washington households as the state and nation enter a recession.

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National research has shown that African American children end up in the child welfare system at far higher rates than Caucasian children

2007 End of session pullout: Foster Care

Created on: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 9:00pm

Advisory committee created

Attachment: 2007eos-fostercare.pdf (303k)