"Health is More Than Healthcare"
Health Equity Circle
Safe & Sick Leave Campaign
On January, 11, 2016, the Spokane City Council passed Ordinance No. C-35300 for Earned Safe and Sick Leave! This has been the goal of a 2-year campaign by the Spokane Alliance, which many HEC student members have been involved in by helping with research, organizing supporters, and testifying at city council meetings. The goal of the ordinance is to protect the right of Spokane employees to have leave from work without putting their financial security and safety at risk in the event of illness of themselves or a family member, or needing to address the repercussions of incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault.
To read more about the campaign, you can visit:
You can also read this report on Paid Sick Leave in Spokane, which was co-authored by an HEC student:
In Fall 2015, we taught the "Health Equity and Community Organizing" (HECO) course to 13 students, who came from the disciplines of Medicine (UW), Pharmacy (WSU), Occupational Therapy (EWU), and Law (Gonzaga U). Through didactics, interactive discussions, role-plays, and engagement with leaders of the Spokane community, the students learned the key principles of community organizing with a relational focus. Some of the concepts taught included: the organizing cycle, the socioeconomic determinants of health, power dynamics in negotiation, and how to run an effective meeting. The goal was for students to come away from the class understanding how to empower their communities by addressing local issues with projects and campaigns based on community organizing.
Many of the students are continuing with the second semester course being taught currently. This course gives them the opportunity to use the concepts and skills learned in the first semester in order to develop or work on local community projects.
HEC Regional Summit 2015
In April of 2015, leaders and members from all 3 regional HEC sites (Spokane, Seattle, and Portland), met in Portland, Oregon for a 2-day summit that focused on leadership development, collaboration and sharing of project successes, and defining a vision for the future of HEC as a regional organization. We are hoping for this to be an annual event that serves as an opportunity to reflect and combine our site-specific strengths in order to better address current challenges and forward HEC as a broader organization.
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