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    "The KP": A Resilient Community with Needs

    Providing health and social services to underserved and at-risk populations can be difficult even in the best of circumstances. But when the area in need is a rural and geographically isolated peninsula, the stakes increase exponentially. In this episode, we hear from Susan and Ben Paganelli, a husband-and-wife team who are working to help improve whole-person health for residents of Washington’s Key Peninsula, commonly referred to as “the KP.”

    https://kphealthycommunity.org

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    An Affordable Housing Crisis

    Like many other communities across the nation, Pierce County, Washington, is caught in a housing dilemma: A booming population, too little housing, and dramatically rising costs. In this 80/20 episode, Bryan Schmid, Pierce County’s Affordable Housing Supervisor, describes why shelter is essential to any community’s health and explains the strategies underway to address the problem.

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    Tackling Homelessness in Pierce County, Wash.

    More than 3,000 people at any point in time are unsheltered in Pierce County, Wash. In this episode of the Elevate Health 80/20 Project, Delmar Algee, III, a social service supervisor who oversees Homeless Programming, explains the range of initiatives aimed at addressing the problem.

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    Navigating Life's Challenges as a Disabled Person

    Some 61 million adults – or roughly one in four in the United States – live with some form of disability. Nalani Linder, Interim Executive Director of the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities (TACID), explains how virtually all social determinants of health may be affected for those who live with disabilities.

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    Transitioning to a "New Normal" in Rental Housing

    The pandemic further exposed the lack of affordable housing across the nation, especially in Pierce County, Washington. With the transition to a post-Covid “new normal” now underway, Pierce County Rental Assistance Lead Valeri Almony explains the ongoing challenges as well as the path forward.

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    Health Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community, Pt. 2

    LGBTQ+ youths in Pierce County, Washington often experience marginalization and discrimination, especially in health care settings. In this second episode of a two-part series focused on social determinants of health in the LGBTQ+ community, Oasis Youth Center Executive Director Matthew Wilson describes how SDOH factors can have negative consequences, particularly for those 21 and under.

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    Health Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community, Pt. 1

    According to recent polling, an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. population will soon identify as LGBTQ+ or something other than heterosexual, roughly double from just a decade ago. In the first of two episodes geared toward the LGBTQ+ community, Troy Christensen of Tacoma’s Rainbow Center discusses the significance and challenges associated with ensuring equitable access to health care for all in a changing society.


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    The Power of Health Data

    Data collection and monitoring are essential to understanding a community’s health needs and health trends. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Data Analyst Stephanie Wood, also a consultant to the county’s Opioid Task Force, explains how numbers significantly influence important health policy decisions.

    https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/opioid-treatment-services

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    Rebuilding Hope

    This episode features a conversation with Stephanie Sacks, Clinical Director for Rebuilding Hope, the Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County, Washington, which offers support toward healing through advocacy and therapy for those affected by sexual assault.

    Link: https://sexualassaultcenter.com/

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    Keeping Food in the System

    The chasm between haves and have nots is only increasing in many communities, including Pierce County, Washington. Michelle Douglas of the Emergency Food Network explains the growing demands on local food pantries throughout the South Puget Sound region.

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    Emphasizing Cultural Sensitivity in Counseling

    In this episode, substance use counselor Shundra King, Executive Director of For the Culture Counseling Services, discusses how the effectiveness of drug treatment for people of color can often hinge on the cultural competencies of therapists who serve them.

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    What If Your Next Meal Was Uncertain?

    Nearly 800,000 people in Washington state are food insecure, according to Feeding America, and more than one-third of those residents are children. Yuni Medlin, a food security and safety activist based in Tacoma, Wash., explains the adverse and unanticipated effects that poor nutrition can have on an entire community, not just individuals.

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