NUHSA Updates

  • 18 Sep 2013 6:36 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)
    North Urban Human Services Alliance Annual Human Service Awards

    Do you know a wonderful volunteer or volunteer program you would love to see recognized for their hard work and dedication? 


    North Urban Human Services Alliance is looking to highlight and commend the incredible work accomplished by volunteers and volunteer programs within our North King County community. NUHSA Annual Human Services Awards is the perfect venue to celebrate their dedication and hard work. 


    Who can you nominate?   Individuals or volunteer programs you volunteer with or you know through other avenues.  Consider anyone who has inspired you through his or her dedication to serving others in our North King County community.  

    Please feel free submit more than one nomination!


    We are surrounded by marvelous volunteers.  Help honor their work by nominating them for a NUHSA Human Services Award! Deadline to submit your nomination is November 1st.


    Nomination Form:  NUHSA 2013 Application.pdf    Please fill out and email to nuhsa.staff@gmail.com or direct mail to NUHSA PO Box 60215, Shoreline, WA 98160


    About the awards:

    NUHSA Annual Human Services Awards has been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008.  Each year we encourage agencies, non-profit organizations and community members to acknowledge the work of those who strive to improve the lives of the residents of North King County.  This is a celebration of those who inspire!

  • 18 Sep 2013 6:33 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    What is FERPA?

    This seminar will explain what FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is, and what it means to community organizations working with school districts.  We all know that FERPA has something to do with limitations on data sharing by the school district, but what doe it actually mean?
    We will answer the following questions:

    • Do community-based organizations who are working to support student's academic achievement in partnership with the school district have a right to student data?
    • What limitations are there on data sharing?
    • When is data sharing permissible under FERPA?
    • Does HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) also limit data sharing?
    • What about the National School Lunch Act?
    • What happens when there are several community organizations collaborating? Who gets the data?
    We will also look at the process of working with school districts and developing a data sharing agreement or "MOU."

    Speakers:

    • Greg Wong, Pacifica Law Group
       
    • Kevin O'Neill, Assistant General Counsel, Bellevue School District
       
    • Courtney Cameron, School and Community Partnerships Manager, Seattle Public Schools

    When: November 6, 2013
                9:00 am - 11:30 am

    Where: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue, South, Seattle

    Cost: $50 General Admission. Group discounts available, please email contact@waaco.org for more information.

    Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/455146

  • 12 Sep 2013 6:07 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Health Care Reform for Human Service Agencies

    Clients of human service agencies who do not have health insurance will have the opportunity to purchase insurance coverage starting October 1, as part of the Federal  Affordable Care Act.  A new web portal, Washington Healthplanfinder http://www.wahbexchange.org , operated by the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, will have information on more than 40 approved health plans beginning October 1. In the meantime, consumers can call the state-wide toll-free Call Center, operated by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, at 1 855-923-4633, to find out about plan choices, costs, and eligibility for premium subsidies and tax credits.

    There at least 12,000 people in North King County between the ages of 18 and 64 who do not have health insurance. Human service agencies can play a critical role in assisting eligible clients to obtain health insurance coverage. To learn more go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/partnerships/HealthReform/resources.aspx

    Health insurance enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and will continue until March 31 2014. Coverage for health insurance begins January 1, 2014. Health plan information with actual rates won’t be posted on the Healthplanfinder until October 1, however, there is a calculator that allows you to obtain a cost estimate for four different plans, “bronze” offering minimal coverage to “platinum”, with all plans required to cover ten essential health benefits.

    If you need personal help signing up for health insurance, specially trained “health navigators” will be available at convenient community locations in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park , Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. For a list of times and locations go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/personal/coverage/calendar.aspx

    Washington State is using federal and state funding to also expand its Medicaid program to provide access to health insurance for people with incomes between 139% and 400% of the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is $15,028 for an individual and $31,809 for a family of four. Among North King County residents without health insurance, at least a quarter of the uninsured will be eligible for health insurance coverage under the Medicaid expansion. The newly eligible for Medicaid will apply for coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, not DSHS. People eligible for “classic” Medicaid - aged, blind, disabled, foster care children and SSI cash recipients will apply to WA Connection web portal for processing by DSHS under current rules. See Medicaid Expansion 2014 FAQ’s http://www.hca.wa.gov/hcr/me/Pages/faq.aspx

    Health insurance options for children 0-19 will also expand under the Medicaid Program. For households under 200% of poverty there will be no premium, a $60.00 maximum premium for those at 200-300% of poverty and premium tax subsidy credits that are immediately available to reduce premium amounts for households between 300% -400% of poverty.

    The Affordable Care Act has already made changes to health insurance coverage including allowing young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents health plan, eliminated lifetime limits on most benefits and added preventive services, largely available without co-pays or deductibles. Beginning January 2014, rules will be put into place preventing insurers from denying adults coverage because of pre-existing conditions or chronic conditions (this is already prohibited for children under the age of 19).

    NUHSA will regularly update members on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Stay tuned.

  • 28 Aug 2013 4:44 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Tuesdays, September 10th & 17th, 2013

    (same event repeated at separate locations)

    Time:  6 pm – 9 p.m.

     

    Dinner Keynote by The Rev. Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

    Date/Location:

    9/10/13 à Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 248th St. SE, Kent, WA 

    9/17 /13à Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 

                                                                                                                     

    PLEASE REGISTER!   REGISTRATION is free (except via brownpapertickets)

    Any amount you give to attend this event is Tax-deductible


    Flyer and Registration:  ITFH PW13 registration complete.doc

     

    For Kent event à http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/433851 (fee)

    For Shoreline event à  http.//www.brownpapertickets.com/event/433861 (fee)

     

    Mail-in FREE registrations to:  “ITFH;” send/deliver to:  3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue WA 98004; Or itfh@comcast.net  For info: http://www.itfhomeless.org

     

    or Phone Bill Kirlin-Hackett, 425.442.5418 to register or for information.

  • 08 Aug 2013 1:47 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The King County Housing Finance Program has received four applications for funding in North King County that will expand and improve the amount of rental housing for low income people. The projects include an emergency shelter, permanent family housing and permanent housing for people with disabilities.

    Hopelink has applied for funding to completely renovate its ten unit emergency shelter for families located in Kenmore. Alpha Supported Living Services has applied for funds to build 40 units of rental housing in Woodinville aimed at low and moderate income adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Compass Housing Alliance has applied for funds to build 60 units of permanent rental housing for low income families in Shoreline. Parkview services has applied for funding to build 9 units of permanent rental housing in Shoreline and Lynnwood for very low income people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Kelly Rider, Facilitator for the North King County Affordable Housing and Homelessness Work Group, is “very pleased to see so many applications from North King County. We have worked hard to generate more affordable housing opportunities in North King County”.  Rider noted that the lack of affordable housing is a leading cause of homelessness.  Almost half of all residents in rental housing in North King County spend more than 30% of their income for housing, leaving no cushion for emergencies.

    The allocation process this year will be very competitive with almost 30 million in projects submitted and only 8.7 million in funding available. Final decisions on funding will be made in November.

     

  • 25 Jul 2013 7:32 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Highlights City Health Profiles

    City health profile is a public health report that provides information on health indicators and their determinants.1 The purpose of the report is to inform policy-makers, government agencies, and the public about population health at the local level.

    The North King County information is reported for three Health Reporting Areas (HRAs):

    • ·         Shoreline
    • ·         Kenmore/Lake Forest Park
    • ·         Bothell/Woodinville

    A link to the full reports and maps can be found at

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data/CityProfiles.aspx

    Demographics:

    Population: The 2010 population of the five cities was 114,093.2The population of North King County increased 3.2 % between 2000 and 2010 with the growth occurring in Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. Shoreline’s growth was flat and Lake Forest Park lost 2.1%. As a bench mark, King County’s population increased by 11.2 % between 2000 and 2010. The area has a higher percent of adults 65 and older than King County (10.9%) ranging from 11.1% in Woodinville to 15.2% in Shoreline, which has the second highest percent of elderly in King County.

    Race Ethnicity: The largest non-white population group is Asian with Chinese the largest group in all three HRAs ranging from 24.7% to 29.7% of the Asian population. The second largest group was Filipino in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore and Asian Indian in Bothell and Kenmore. Koreans made up the third largest group in all three HRAs. The Hispanic population varied from 5.7% of the population in Kenmore/Lake Forest Park to 8.7% in Bothell/Woodinville.

    Poverty:

    The percent of people below the federal poverty level ranged from 6% in Woodinville to 8% in Shoreline. The number of people below 200% of poverty, an income that provides a “living wage” level of income, ranges from 13% in Kenmore/Lake Forest Park to 21% in Shoreline.

    Non-English Speaking At Home:  ranged from 15% in Woodinville to 24% in          Shoreline.

    Rental Housing Cost Burden: Ranges from 45% in Bothell to 55% in Woodinville. Burdened is defined as renters paying more than 30% of their incomes for rent.


                1 The report is produced by the Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit at             Public Health Seattle&King County. For more information and updates contact                data.request@kingcounty.gov.

    2 Population of Bothell includes only the King County portion. Information on percent of change 2000 to 2010 added by NUHSA to provide context.


    Leading Causes of Death

    In Shoreline the top three causes were Heart Disease, Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. In Kenmore/Lake Forest Park and Bothell Woodinville the top two causes of death were Cancer first, followed by Heart Disease with Alzheimer’s third.

    Health Risk Factors and Chronic Disease:

    Nine different indicators are tracked such as smoking, excessive alcohol use and physical activity Shoreline ranked second highest among the 25 HRA’s for excessive alcohol consumption, and Bothell Woodinville ranked sixth highest for having high blood cholesterol.

    Injury and Violence Related Mortality

    Five different indicators are tracked.  The age-adjusted rate for one indicator, falls, among the three HRA’s is similar ranging from 11.0 to 11.7 per 100,000. Shoreline had the highest rate of suicide at 12.4 per 100,000 and Bothell/Woodinville the lowest rate at 7.7 per 100,000.

    Maternal and Child Health

    Six indicators are used including the adolescent birth rate per 1000 females 15-17, which varied from 3.6 in Kenmore/Lake Forest Park to 6.1 for Bothell/Woodinville.

    Access to Care and Preventive Services

    Eight indicators are used including the percent of the population 18-64 without health insurance which was 17% for Shoreline and Kenmore/Lake Forest Park and 15% for Bothell/ Woodinville. 


      

  • 12 Jun 2013 12:11 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    NUHSA Networks Highlights

    Participants attending the May 30th networking left with information and community connections that will help them be more effective in delivering services. Some highlights:

    • ·         Representatives from the International Community Health Services announced the opening of a primary care clinic in 2014 in Shoreline offering medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services. Details: Teresita Batayola, CEO, teresitab@ichs.com
    • ·         Rob, Beem, the NUHSA Representative to the Low Income Bus Fare Advisory Committee described the difficulty in developing a low-income fare that would be simple to administer, at a time King County METRO is facing a projected 17% drop in revenue in 2014. There are no plans to drop the discounted bus tickets available to human service agencies.
    • ·         The work of the King County Transformational Panel will be completed in June and will involve integration of human services and health services and be targeted to “hot spots”,  high need individuals and specific geographic targets. Participants were urged to voice their concerns during the upcoming public comment period especially regarding the need for a new designated revenue source for human services. Details: www.kingcounty.gov/exec/HHStransformation.aspx
    • ·         Newly appointed King County Council Member Rod Dembowksi  pledged human services will be his top issue.
    • ·         Beginning October 1, The Center for Human Services will be offering in-person assisters to help people select and sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
    • ·         The deadline for submitting projects for United Way’s Day of Caring Is July 19th. Details: Trey Baughman, tbaughman@uwkc.org
    • ·         Outreach event s July 11th to Korean Community and to people of modest means August 7 to involve them in planning for light rail stations in Shoreline. Details: Dori Gilliam, dorig@seniorservices.org
  • 12 Jun 2013 12:03 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

     

    WHEN:  SEPTEMBER 6TH; 8:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

     

    WHERE: SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS

    16101 Greenwood Ave. N.

    Shoreline, WA 98133

     

    COST:  FREE, LUNCH INCLUDED

     

    If you are over 16 years of age with a disability seeking employment, this event is designed to assist job seekers with disabilities navigate the road to employment. Parents and advocates of persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

     

    Key Note Speaker: John Evans, from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, will talk frankly about the what some of the barriers to employment are and what you can do to overcome them. 

     

    Workshop samples: Job search on the Internet; How DVR can help you get a job; Accommodations in the work place; Volunteer as a pre employment experience, Apprenticeship as a pathway to employment; How to navigate Work Source; Secrets to a successful interview.

    Flier:  ossflyerapproved (1).pdf

     

    Pre-registration is required:  www.BrownPaperTickets.com    Last day for registration is: August 26th.

     

    This event is provided through a grant offered by the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

  • 12 Jun 2013 11:56 AM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    This event has been cancelled. Look for an event with Rosetta Lee in the fall!


    Cross Cultural Communication in Action

     

    A World Cafe Discussion facilitated by Rosetta lee

     

    WHEN:  July 16th, 2013 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    WHERE: Shoreline Conference Center

    18560 1st Ave. NE

    Shoreline, Wa 98155

    Shoreline Room

     

    COST: FREE OF CHARGE


     

     

    This session is a follow-up to the Spring workshop on cross cultural communication. Knowing that humans communicate on many levels (spoken language, tone, body language, style and personality) and that the complexity of identity and experience can affect our ability to work, play, and  live-across lines of difference.....  There is a flier attached that includes additional information on the topic, where you will register, and the web address where you can access the slides from the workshop in March.

    Flier:  Cross Cultural Communication World Cafe 2013[1].pdf

     

    Judy Parsons
    Northshore/Shoreline Community Network
    18560 1st Ave NE
    Shoreline, WA 98155
    (206) 393-4413

     

     

     

     

  • 30 May 2013 4:40 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    The City of Woodinville is pleased to offer annual grant funding to eligible community non-profit or governmental organizations serving the Woodinville community.  For the 2013-2014 biennial budget year, $5,000 will be available each year.  The maximum individual grant award is for $2,500.  


    document:  2013-application.doc

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