Mapping Room

Mapping Trauma Informed Projects 

Projects Around Washington State 

With your help, we are continuing to build a map of projects and programs around the state that are transforming health norms by reducing and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or furthering the work of other resilience and trauma-informed practices.  Our special thanks go out to Tory Clarke Henderson at the Washington State Department of Health for contributing some additional data to the original round of data we collected at our Science  of Hope conference in April. We also appreciate all of you who contributed data via our online survey. 

All of this information is currently in draft form as we collect and curate it for broader sharing. We are intending to formalize the mapping project with its own website later this year to better advocate for this work and facilitate connections and information sharing.  Please keep in mind that this a collaborative work-in-progress.

You can view the work-in-progress and add your contributions via these links: 

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Health Policy News: Prevention and Public Health Fund

The Prevention and Public Health Fund is a critical source of funding that has been threatened during this year's congressional budget negotiations.

Referred to as "the Fund," it was created as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 but contains non-controversial programs that have been funded by CDC for decades and include vital activities such as the 317 Immunization Grant Program, the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, and programs to prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Creation of the Fund represents the first time in our nation's history that a dedicated source of prevention funding was established to improve the public's health. By law, the Fund must be used "to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public health care costs."

Since 2010, Washington State has received over $78 million from the Fund to improve the health of our residents. The Fund supports services and programs that allow health to be improved in communities, schools, workplaces and homes by supporting healthier lifestyles and eliminating obstacles to healthy life choices. This funding has enabled public health agencies to forge cross sector partnerships that exponentially expand the reach and effectiveness of prevention efforts, touching the lives of millions of Washingtonians every day.

For more on what the Prevention and Public Health Fund supports in Washington State, click on for the full Health Policy News You Can Use

Health Policy News_ Prevention & Public Health Fund (PPHF) May 25, 2016.pdf

Special Edition Health Policy News You Can Use: Health Equity in Washington State

Dear Friends,
Welcome to a special edition of Health Policy News. This year is a milestone anniversary for our state. We mark the 10 year anniversary of the passage of a package of bills in the Washington State Legislature to impact health disparities. One of these bills created the Washington State Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities. The Council is charged with identifying priorities and creating recommendations to the Legislature and Governor to eliminate health disparities by race/ethnicity and gender.
But how did this happen? All legislation has a backstory. I was privileged to hear the story from the prime sponsor, Senator Rosa Franklin. Vazaskia Crockwell, member of the Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities arranged a meeting with Senator Franklin for members and staff last year. Also invited were Board of Health and Health Care Authority staff.
In her remarks, Senator Franklin noted the importance of The Heckler Report, named for US Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler. This report, released in 1985 was the first convening of a group of health experts by the U.S. government to conduct a comprehensive study of racial and ethnic minority health. The report elevated minority health to a national stage. The Heckler Report celebrated its 30 year anniversary in 2015 and influences awareness of the importance health equity today. Trained as a nurse, Senator Franklin had been acutely aware of the importance of health care access and health inequities throughout her career.
In 1994, the Washington State Legislature created the Joint Select Committee on Health Disparities. The committee was co-chaired by Senator Rosa Franklin and Representative Dawn Morrell. The committee held a series of meetings and hearings on health disparities. The Joint Committee produced a final report found here, and as a result of the report, Don Sloma, Senate Health Care Staff Director drafted an omnibus bill. The omnibus bill was later divided into five bills. The larger of the five created the Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities. Senator Franklin insisted the agency remain in the executive branch of government. The Council creates an action plan for eliminating health disparities by race, ethnicity, and gender in Washington, convenes advisory committees, and has developed many recommendations to support language assistance.
The Legislature authorized the Washington State Board of Health to conduct Health Impact Reviews (HIRs) in collaboration with the Council. A Health Impact Review (HIR) is an analysis of how a proposed legislative or budgetary change will likely impact health and health disparities. HIRs, an evidence based practice, can only be requested by the Governor or a state legislator. To receive additional information about HIRs, including how to request a review, copies of past reviews, or to be added to the HIR email distribution list, please visit the Washington State Board of Health website.
On April 20th, Healthy Gen will honor Senator Rosa Franklin for her contributions to creating enduring healthy equity through public policy in Washington State with the presentation of an eponymous award. Dr. Maxine Hayes, will also be honored for her contributions to creating enduring health equity through public health practice. The award will be followed by a panel discussion, "The Frontiers Of Health Equity: Past, Present & Future." For more information about the Science of Hope Conference, click here.
As always, if you have a bill or policy questions, please feel free to direct them to me at or @healthygenjulie.
Ever forward!


Special Edition Health Policy News You Can Use Health Equity.pdf

Health Policy News - April 4, 2016

Welcome to our wrap up edition of Health Policy News for the 2016 Legislative Session!

The Legislature adjourned Sine Die shortly before 11:00pm on March 29th on the 20th day of the special session. The House passed the supplemental operating budget on Tuesday afternoon with a vote of 78- 17. The Senate then voted on the budget Tuesday evening with a vote of 27-17. The supplemental operating budget will increase the $38.2 billion biennial budget by $191 million. The costs of last year's wildfires were covered by using $190 million from the state's "Rainy Day Fund." An additional $7 million was included to retain more teachers, $15 million for youth homelessness programs that pair with housing programs and $28 million to improve safety at Western State Hospital and other psychiatric hospitals. Access budget details here

Prior to the Legislature adjourning Sine Die, both chambers overrode the 27 bills Governor Inslee had vetoed. As you will recall, the governor vetoed the bills to encourage the Legislature to come to agreement on a supplemental operating budget prior to the end of the regular 60 day session. After long negotiations, the Senate passed ESSB 6328, 'Concerning vapor products in respect to youth substance use prevention' on Monday, March 28th, followed by the House on Tuesday, March 29th. Advocates worked very hard to negotiate the best compromise to protect the public's health. The hard rule about the legislative process is we never get everything we want. When you are up against the powerful tobacco industry, it is very difficult. I call your attention to two articles in the "What we are reading section" about how the tobacco industry is deeply involved in safeguarding the ecigarette industry. Access an overview of ESSB 6328 here. Congratulation to the negotiators and advocates who have worked tirelessly on this issue!

So what comes next? Well, we will be sending out special issues of Health Policy News in the future. Watch for them this spring! Of course, we will also resume weekly issues of Healthy Policy News next January when the legislature convenes for the 2017 session.

For the rest of the bills we were watching for prevention this #waleg session, take a look at the full Health Policy News for the 2016 Legislative Session here

Health Policy News You Can Use April 4 2016.pdf

ESSB 6328 Analysis

State Legislation Regulating E-Cigarettes and Vapor Products 

The proposed striking amendment to Senate Bill 6328 has broad support among health organizations. It will bring statewide regulation and enforcement to a nearly unregulated e-cigarette and vapor products market and strengthen protections against the sale of these harmful products to youth.
Problem: Currently, the Liquor and Cannabis Board does not have the funding or the authority to enforce the state prohibition of selling e-cigarettes and vapor products to minors. Because a license isn’t required to sell these highly addictive nicotine-delivery devices, the state does not know how many vape shops there are or where they are located.
Solution: This striker accomplishes the following actions:
  1. Establishes important youth access protections.
  2. Provides meaningful enforcement and penalties for those who break the law.
  3. Regulates Internet and distribution markets.
  4. Provides common-sense consumer protections such as warnings and nicotine content disclosure.
  5. Raises tobacco fees and doubles fines — the first increase in 23 years; pays for enforcement, prevention and education.