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Gobernador firma requisitos de
fortalecimiento a la ley para la
vacuna MMR

VANCOUVER, WA – El Gobernador Jay Inslee firmó hoy el proyecto de ley
núm. 1638 de la cámara de representantes (EHB 1638, por sus siglas en
inglés), actualizando así los requisitos para las escuelas y guarderías en el
estado de Washington para eliminar las opciones de exención personal y
filosófica para eximir a los niños de la vacuna contra el sarampión, paperas
y rubeola (MMR, por sus siglas en inglés).
  “Los brotes de sarampión a través de los Estados Unidos demuestran el
por qué este proyecto de ley es de vital importancia. Como una nación,
debemos intensificar nuestro liderazgo para educar al público sobre el
papel fundamental que las vacunas ejercen en mantenernos saludables y
seguros, y para continuar trabajando con las comunidades para mejorar las
tasas de vacunación,” dijo el Secretario de Salud John Wiesman.   
   “Estamos agradecidos por la Legislatura y la dedicación del Gobernador
de  proteger la salud pública y por el liderazgo del representante Harris y del
senador Cleveland.”
   El Departamento de Salud trabajará con las escuelas y guarderías para
asegurarse de que están listos para inscribir a las estudiantes, darle
seguimiento a los registros y educar a los padres sobre la nueva ley. La ley
entrará en efecto el 28 de julio de 2019 en las escuelas públicas y privadas
y en las guarderías.
    El Departamento de Salud también trabajará para asegurarse de que los
padres y tutores estén bien informados y preparados para obtener las
vacunas correctas para enviar a sus hijos  a la escuela o la guardería
cumpliendo así con la ley. La mayoría de los padres eligen vacunar a sus
hijos y no serán afectados por los cambios bajo esta ley.
   Estudios demuestran (enlace solo en inglés) que la existencia de
exenciones por creencias personales, y la facilidad para conseguirlas,
están directamente vinculadas a la reducción de las tasas de vacunación y
al aumento de la incidencia de enfermedades, especialmente la del
sarampión.
    En el año escolar 2017-2018, la tasa de exención para los niños de
kínder en el estado de Washington fue más del doble del promedio
nacional. Adicionalmente, los niños con exenciones no médicas tienden a
vivir e ir a la escuela en grupos geográficos. En todo el estado, hay áreas
con tasas de exención muy altas y grupos de niños que no están bien
vacunados y corren riesgo de brotes.
    La ley también incluye un nuevo requisito para que los empleados y
voluntarios de las guarderías proporcionen registros que indiquen que han
recibido la vacuna MMR o una prueba de inmunidad. El requisito ayudará a
proteger los niños pequeños con los que trabajan, quienes son los más
vulnerables a la enfermedad.
     Más información sobre la implementación de la ley estará disponible
pronto en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud. Si necesita verificar si
usted o su hijo cumplen con los requisitos de la vacuna MMR, hay varias
maneras de acceder a los registros de vacunación de su familia.
Governor signs law
strengthening MMR
immunization requirements

VANCOUVER, WA –  Governor Jay Inslee signed EHB 1638, updating
Washington state’s school and child care immunization requirements to
remove the personal/philosophical exemption for the measles, mumps
and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
    “Measles outbreaks across the US demonstrate why this bill is so
vitally important. As a nation, we must step up our leadership to educate
the public about the critical role vaccines have in keeping us healthy and
safe, and  continue working with communities to improve vaccination
rates,” said Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “We’re
grateful for the Legislature and Governor Inslee’s dedication to protecting
public health and for the leadership of Representative Harris and Senator
Cleveland.”
   The Department of Health will work with schools and child cares to
make sure they are ready to take in students, track records and guide
parents through the new law. The law takes effect July 28, 2019 and
applies to public and private schools and child cares.
   The department will also work to ensure parents and guardians are
well-informed and prepared to get the right immunizations to comply with
the law before they send their children to school or child care. Most
parents choose to vaccinate their children and will not be affected by the
changes.
     Studies show the existence of personal belief exemptions, and the
ease of getting them, is directly linked to reduced vaccination rates and a
growing incidence of disease, particularly measles.
   In the 2017-2018 school year, the kindergarten exemption rate in
Washington was more than twice the national average. In addition,
children with non-medical exemptions tend to live and go to school in
geographic clusters. Across the state, there are areas with high
exemption levels and pockets of under-vaccinated children at risk of
outbreaks.
  The law also includes a new requirement for employees and
volunteers at child care centers to provide records indicating they have
received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity. The requirement will help
protect the young children they work with, who are most vulnerable to
disease.
  More information on the implementation of the law will be available
soon on the Department of Health’s website. If you need to check
whether you or your child meets the MMR vaccine requirements, there are
several ways you can access your family’s immunization records.
 The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also,
find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog,
Public Health Connection.
Noticias Estatales / State News
Inslee announces $5.8 million in grants for local communities to improve
lives of families facing poverty
June 26, 2019

Gov. Jay Inslee announced $5.8 million in grants today to fight poverty in Washington state. The grants, awarded from the Governor’s federal Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Statewide Activities fund, will support organizations in four local Workforce Development Areas (WDAs) who are
developing plans and sustainable activities to improve the lives of families to above 200 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).  
       
“These grants will make a tremendous difference for thousands of people in communities all over Washington,” Inslee said. “They will empower local areas
to build sustainable models and creative partnerships to address the needs of families and others who experience poverty.”  

The “Economic Security for All” (EcSA) grant awards money to organizations to systematically approach the problem of poverty and design measurable
poverty reduction systems. The state will measure success on two key statistics: the number of families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) who move all the way up to income over 200 percent of the FPL, and net poverty reduction for their entire community by March 2022.
People experiencing poverty are expected to be a big part in the design and implementation of the local poverty reduction systems. Their first-hand
experience provides a perspective that will be incorporated into the implementation details on financial and personal stability.

“The root cause of poverty can be different for each person,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “That’s why we’re taking an
inclusive approach by joining forces with those experiencing it and the communities in which they live. This will give them the opportunity to share their
stories and find practical solutions to get escape velocity out of poverty.”

Grant awardees are not expected to accomplish this with the grant funding alone. Rather, it’s expected the grant funding will spur groups to reorganize how
they use their larger existing funding streams and encourage them to work together in creating a poverty reduction system.
The grant stipulates that at least one local community partner who has expertise serving individuals in poverty and the local Department of Social and
Health Services community service office must help design and lead the work.

“Poverty is a complex issue and helping to lift families out of poverty will be equally complex,” said Department of Social and Health Services Secretary
Cheryl Strange. “We’re excited to learn from and partner with local community organizations to find ways to expand this work and help Washington families
gain the skills needed to build a strong foundation out of poverty.”

Economic Security for All
EcSA is intended to support a long-term, systemic approach to helping Washingtonians move out of poverty at large scale. This first round of funding
provided $5.8 million for four communities in Washington to lead the way, by demonstrating that they can reduce the number of people living in poverty in a
specific geographic community.

The grants require a systemic approach. First, the funds must drive change in existing programs and funding streams, so that local programs work together
seamlessly to reduce poverty in their communities. Next, it requires communities to be high-poverty, geographically defined communities, such as counties,
cities, towns, or tribal reservations, sized such that the investment can be expected to generate a noticeable and measurable reduction in poverty.
Federal Poverty Level

The federal poverty level for a family of two was $16,240 in 2017.
Areas who received grants under EcSA:

Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council received $856.8K
Contact: Tiffany Scott, CEO, 509-734-5993
Expected Outcome: 138 families moved out of poverty
Proposed activities:  This EcSA model will focus on remote Connell, Washington, building a partnership around four pillars of support: transportation,
healthcare, childcare and employment. EcSA Benton-Franklin will establish regular transportation to connect residents of Connell to opportunities and
resources in the Tri-Cities; provide access to physical and mental healthcare; support access to affordable, reliable, and quality childcare; and focus
employment and training efforts on high-demand occupations in Connell and the Tri-Cities. This model is designed to enable replication in other rural
population centers in Washington, upon request.

Southwest Workforce Development Area received $1.6 million
Contact: Kevin Perkey, CEO, 503-902-2875
Expected Outcome: 280 families moved out of poverty
Proposed activities:  This EcSA model will serve families in Cowlitz County’s South Kelso and Highlands neighborhoods in a public-private partnership with
the local manufacturing industry and additional private investments. This model takes a new approach to enhance and connect a wide array of community
partnerships and link previously disparate programs to provide the necessary targeted services for individuals to gain support, skills, and employment to
move up out of poverty. Efforts will focus on engaging local government and industry to promote changes to policies, practices, and workplace culture that
lead to more equitable and inclusive workplaces; targeting outreach to under-employed individuals; and providing jobsite access to partner services to
support hiring, training, and retention of underemployed individuals in employment that provides income at or above 200 percent of the FPL. This model is
designed to enable replication in other rural population centers and smaller cities in Washington, upon request.

Spokane Workforce Development Area received $1.7 million
Contact: Mark Mattke, CEO, 509-960-6263
Expected Outcome: 250 families moved out of poverty
Proposed activities: EcSA Spokane will build upon ongoing collaborative efforts that recently led to the creation of the Spokane Resource Center (SRC). The
goals of the SRC are to provide resources and support designed to reduce poverty, address and prevent homelessness; to give greater access to
healthcare, substance abuse, and mental health services; and to cluster many services in one place designed to help families step into self-sufficiency.
This EcSA model plans to serve families in West Central, Downtown, East Central, and parts of Northeast Spokane who are accessing services at the
Spokane Resource Center and WorkSource campus. EcSA Spokane will create additional capacity to serve recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) benefits in the target area, providing participant navigators and supporting coordinated holistic assessment and intensive and
personalized services for SNAP recipients so that they can attain the skills and training necessary to transition into careers with a family-sustaining wage.
This model is designed to enable replication in other urban areas in Washington, upon request.

WorkForce Central (Tacoma/Pierce County) received $1.75 million
Contact: Linda Nguyen, CEO, 253-495-8515
Expected Outcome: 250 families moved out of poverty
Proposed activities:  This EcSA model will serve families in the Salishan/Eastside Tacoma community, combining best practices from the following models:
South Sound 2-1-1, Centers for Strong Families, Guided Pathways, Family Self-Sufficiency from Tacoma Housing Authority, and CRED (Career Readiness,
Education & Development) training. Services will be provided to clients directly in their community at the Salishan Association Family Investment Center,
helping them enroll in training/education, successfully pursue employment, increase assets, and mitigate personal or financial barriers. EcSA funds will be
leveraged with local resources to ensure comprehensive services are provided to all participants. This model is designed to enable replication in other
urban areas in Washington, upon request.