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Washington State Department of Health

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The Washington State Department of Health is a state agency of Washington. It is headquartered in Olympia, Washington.[1]

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(electronic music) - We have a jammed packed, day, right? (audience applauds) Are you excited? - So this is a time where the state, all the CHWs can come and get together. I'm looking, and I was like, well, this is our huddle. This is a locker room. (electronic music) - I'm here at the Community Health Worker Conference, in Pasco, Washington. Just wanted to share how inspired I am with all the stories about the work that's done by community health workers. - All of us having our different expertise is why us as community health workers and why this room and this whole event is so amazing, is because we all have so much that we're bringing to the table. - I'm going to talk about the rural health care system in Washington state. What are the services? What are the types of clinics that are around? - I'm talking about a trauma informed pathway for children, youth, families, organizations, and communities. - You are the ground work for helping men take care of their health, and being macho men in health. - Currently in Washington, we have around two million people that are struggling with prediabetes. (rhythmic music) - The thing that gives me the power to do this each and everyday is family and coworkers. We help support each other. There's a lot of stuff that we do to try to do outreach in the community, to get our community involved. - Everyday, it's never the same, you're changing somebody's life. (speaks foreign language) - Sessions that are being offered are so rich in both information and resources and personal stories. - Going through all the workshops and all these trainings, it's a blessing for me that I received, so that I could bless my community also. (electronic music) - Breast milk is just custom made for babies. It's the very best thing you can give them to give them a healthy start in life. - Because what happens sometimes when we engage in change or we want to help other people engage in behavioral changes, we get some resistance. This model's about reducing that resistance, and that will at the same time, increasing what we call intrinsic motivation. (speaks foreign language) (techno music) - For me, I am able to link these new immigrants or the underserved community to find good resources for them. - This is a tool that supports that interaction between the client and the CHW. - If I were a superhero, I think that my power would be connectants. It is all about those relationships, the trusted relationships. - This is our community health advocate. (audience cheers and applauds) - Who is best to help them develop that community engagement strategy? Are you not the community engagement strategy? - I wanted start with a positive question. The third question is, What are the most successful experience you have as a community health worker? - It just gives me great honor at the end of the day to know that I've done whatever I could to help someone out. I am new in my role, and I am very proud to be a community resource specialist. - We are able to provide many resources that can help with bridging that gap with health care issues and social resources. (upbeat music) - And then you can always consult with us. A person doesn't have to be on caseload to utilize Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. We have a resource line. (speaks foreign language) - Prevention, oh, I like that word! Prevention. - Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease that we have in America today. I hope everyone really knows that as community health workers. (speaks foreign language) - I started off as a family advocate within my community, connecting folks with local resources. Not realizing that I was already doing the job as a community health worker. - I am so honored and happy to be part of a team that includes community health workers. Improving the lives of women, children, and families for all in Washington. - If there is one thing that you need to know on why you should hire a community health worker to be part of your team, we connect, we bridge, and we engage. It doesn't get any better than that. We know our people. We know our community. We walk with the community. We are the people that you need. - [Woman on Left] Hello. (others speak foreign language) - Hello, we are not too many, but the effort and the power of our team, is what make us powerful when we help our community. - We had over 300 participants at this conference. That is phenomenal. (audience applauds) - I like my job. It's not demanding because it's something I like. That's about it. (chuckles)


Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission

States have historically provided a conscience clause right allowing pharmacists to refrain from participating in abortions. In June 2006, the Pharmacy Board of the Washington State Department of Health rejected a draft rule proposed by Governor Christine Gregoire to require all pharmacies to begin carrying Plan B levonorgestrel.[2] Governor Gregoire responded by releasing a public statement warning the Board members to reconsider or they could be removed.[2] In July 2006, the Washington State Human Rights Commission warned the Board members that they would be personally liable for illegally discriminating against women if they did not pass the Governor's Plan B rule.[2] In April 2007, the Board approved a final rule prohibiting pharmacies from not stocking Plan B for religious reasons but allowing exemptions for "good faith" business reasons.[2]

When Ralph's Thriftway, a grocery store in Olymipa, refused for religious reasons to carry Plan B, it was widely boycotted, leading Gregoire to cancel the grocer's longstanding account with the Washington Governor's Mansion.[2] The only complaints for violating the Plan B rule were filed against the grocer.[2] Half of Washington's hospitals are Catholic.[3] The grocer sued but, instead of alleging violations of the broader Constitution of Washington, its attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty only filed under the Free Exercise Clause of the United States Constitution.[4]

On November 8, 2007, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton granted the grocer a preliminary injunction blocking the rule.[5][2] On May 1, 2008, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judges Thomas G. Nelson and Jay Bybee denied the state a stay of the injunction pending appeal, over a dissent by Judge A. Wallace Tashima.[6][2] However, on July 8, 2009, Circuit Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, joined by Richard Clifton and N. Randy Smith reversed the preliminary injunction.[7][4]

On February 22, 2012, after four years of discovery and a twelve-day bench trial, Judge Leighton issued a permanent injunction blocking the Plan B rule as unconstitutional.[8] On July 23, 2015, Circuit Judge Susan P. Graber, joined by Judges Mary H. Murguia and Richard Clifton reversed.[9][10] The grocer's petition for certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States was denied on June 28, 2016.[11][12] Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented, writing that "the rules challenged here reflect antipathy towards religious beliefs that do not accord with the views of those holding the levers of government power."[13][14]

Public Records Act

In Harris v. Quinn (2014) the Supreme Court of the United States gave home healthcare workers the right to not join their union.[15] The Freedom Foundation reacted by filing a Public Record Act request for a list of home healthcare workers from the Department so it could encourage the workers to leave the union.[15] The Department refused, then encouraged the Service Employees International Union to sue the Department to prevent the disclosure.[15]

The SEIU lost its lawsuit in the superior, appeals, and Washington Supreme Court.[16] The SEIU responded by putting Washington Initiative 1501 on the Washington elections, 2016 ballot, which would change the Public Record Act to forbid departments from disclosing union members' names.[16] The ballot initiative was approved with 70% of the vote.[17]

Gender X

From January 27, 2018 "gender X" will be legally available by regulations from existing Washington State Department of Health records only, to amend birth certificates.[18]


  1. ^ "Employee Directory." Washington State Department of Health. Retrieved on June 15, 2014. "Washington State Department of Health 101 Israel Rd. SE, P.O. Box 47890 Olympia, Washington, 98504-7890"
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Jason R. Mau, Stormans and the Pharmacists: Where Have All the Conscientious Rx Gone?, 114 Penn St. L. Rev. 293 (2009).
  3. ^ Whelan, Ed (29 March 2016). "A Prescription for Religious Liberty". National Review. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b Noel E. Horton, Article I, Section 11: A Poor "Plan B" for Washington's Religious Pharmacists", 85 Wash. L Rev. 739 (2010).
  5. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky, 524 F. Supp. 2d 1245 (W.D. Wash. 2007).
  6. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky, 526 F.3d 406 (2008).
  7. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky, 571 F.3d 960 (2009), 586 F.3d 1109 (vacating concurrent with filing of new opinion).
  8. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Selecky, 844 F.Supp.2d 1172 (2012), 854 F.Supp.2d 925 (findings of fact and conclusions of law).
  9. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman, 794 F.3d 1064 (2015).
  10. ^ Youtube video of oral argument in Pioneer Courthouse on November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman - SCOTUSblog".
  12. ^ Green, Emma (29 June 2016). "Even Christian Pharmacists Have to Stock Plan B". The Atlantic. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  13. ^ Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman, No. 15-862 (U.S. June 28, 2016).
  14. ^ "Left, right: Thirty years ago, progressives embraced religious exemptions. No longer". The Economist. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b c The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal (25 October 2016). "The SEIU's Ballot Fraud". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b The Editorial Board of the Seattle Times (4 October 2016). "Reject I-1501 and urge lawmakers to address identity theft". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Washington Initiative 1501 — Increase Fines For Fraud — Results: Approved". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  18. ^ "New state rule allows gender X on birth certificates".

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