Duwamish CHA Latino Outreach
This Request for Applications (RFA) is issued by Public Health-Seattle and King County (PHSKC) to seek a community-based organization to manage the Latino Community Health Advocate (CHA) Outreach Team (Grupo Asesor Latino or GAL) as part of US Environmental Protection Agency’s Fun to Catch, Toxic to Eat Program for the Duwamish River Superfund Site.
In 2017, PHSKC launched the Fun to Catch, Toxic to Eat Program as part US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to clean up the Duwamish River Superfund Site. PHSKC is leading this community-based program on behalf of EPA to protect the health of fishing communities, especially pregnant women, nursing moms and young children, from the contaminated seafood in the Duwamish River Superfund Site. The only seafood safe to eat from the Duwamish River are salmon. This Environmental Justice (EJ) issue disproportionately impacts immigrant and refugee fishing communities. EPA’s LDW Fisher Study (2016) found that more than 20 ethnic/language groups fish on the Duwamish River. Fishers from Asian, Pacific Islander, and Latino communities are among the top groups catching, eating and sharing the contaminated seafood from the river. The health warning signs have not been effective in reaching fishers who speak little to no English.
This RFA focuses on the implementation of the program’s Duwamish Community Health Advocate (CHA) Outreach Strategy. Currently, PHSKC is working with the Cambodian, Latino and Vietnamese CHA teams, representing fishing communities that are most likely to consume contaminated seafood from the Duwamish River and less likely to be aware of the seafood advisory. The current Latino CHA team (also known as Grupo Asesor Latino) is made up of a Lead Facilitator (bilingual/bicultural) and 7 CHAs.
More info can be found here and proposals must be submitted by 2pm on November 16, 2018.
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