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June 1, 2020: Seattle Children’s Statement on Acts of Racism Across the U.S.

We are writing to acknowledge the tragic acts of violence and racism happening across our country.

The senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota leave us sickened and heartbroken. While we share our grief with these families and their communities, we must also acknowledge with sorrow our region’s own history of racially motivated violence, discrimination, and marginalization.

These recent events are set against the backdrop and acute pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color in the United States. Added to the burden of this crisis are the magnifying health and economic disparities, which are due to systemic racism and social injustices that have existed for far too long across generations.

These are the moments we cannot be silent—and Seattle Children’s will speak out, oppose racism, and advance our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We are all affected negatively when one part of our community is burdened by racism and violence, and we are all part of the solution.

As leaders of a top children’s health system, serving a vast and diverse region, we will respond by elevating and upholding our core value of equity and by reaffirming our commitment to health equity, including eliminating health disparities and bias in medicine. Where others seek to divide, we must join together to support our patients and families, serving every child that needs us—regardless of their family’s ability to pay, the color of their skin, or the language they speak.

We stand with you, our community. The tragic violence and hateful rhetoric unfolding across the country and close to home are profoundly disturbing to all of us, and our black community members in particular. We support the peaceful pursuit of justice that has been reverberating across the country this past weekend.

These events must deepen our shared commitment to protect, heal, and support the most vulnerable among us. Inherent in our mission is a commitment to this generation of children and a promise of hope and resiliency that they should see a better world. Together, we must continue to pursue actively our value of equity every day, promising to stand with the diverse communities that we are proud to serve.

Sincerely,

Seattle Children’s Executive Leadership Team

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Facebook Live Panel: Sustaining Coping Skills During Covid-19

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Take 5 – Resources to Help With COVID-19 Stress

Parents are understandably stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic – economic strain, health worries, being homebound with kids all day long, being teacher and parent, and more.

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Autism 205: Parenting in the New Normal

Join us for Autism 205: Parenting in the “New Normal,” a virtual event where parents, caregivers, self-advocates and community stakeholders can draw strength from this incredible community. This month’s Autism 200 lecture will be available through Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s and Seattle Children’s Autism Center‘s Facebook pages.

Being an effective ally for youth with autism is never more important than right now. Parents are searching for ways to communicate effectively with their child and help support them. It is a challenging time but, as we know, families from the autism community possess incredible resilience. Join us to hear perspectives about how we can be the best possible allies for kids, teens and young adults at this critical time.

Ben Wahl, program founder and ally-in-training at Ryther, will facilitate this panel discussion with Jay Pierce, teen self-advocate and TEDx speaker; Marci Ciampi, neurodiversity ambassador and autistic author; Pilar Lopez, College administrator at Bellvue College OLS and parent; and Shayla Collins, mindfulness coach at Seattle Children’s and parent.

Lecture Agenda:
– Presentations from our panelists
– Mindfulness activity with Shayla
– Audience questions and panel discussion

Time will be reserved for audience questions and discussion at the end of the lecture. Questions can be submitted through the comments on the Facebook Live.

Due to the reasonable caution surrounding reducing the spread of COVID-19, this month’s Autism 200 lecture will be only available online. Join us via Facebook Live or through the teleconferencing application, WebEx. Please note that there will be no in-person attendance at Autism 200 this month and anyone coming to the hospital will not be permitted entrance to this class. Thanks to everyone for your understanding. Further announcements regarding future Autism 200 lectures will be forthcoming.

Learn more about and view Seattle Children’s Autism 200 Series: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/health-safety/keeping-kids-healthy/development/autism-200-series/

Classes are held on most third Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pacific time.

Supporting Teens During COVID-19 – Facebook Live Series

These are challenging times and almost everything about our daily lives looks different. Join us for Supporting Teens During COVID-19, part of our Coping During COVID-19 Facebook Live series on Seattle Children’s Facebook page. Panelists will include Seattle Children’s providers Kendra Read, PhD, director of Anxiety Programs in Outpatient Psychiatry, Yolanda Evans, MD, physician in Adolescent Medicine, Gary Stobbe, MD, director of Adult Autism Transitional Services, and Hilary Mead, PhD, co-director of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Early Onset Psychosis Programs in Outpatient Psychiatry. The discussion will be moderated by Kashi Arora, mental and behavioral health project manager in Community Health and Benefit.

This presentation will cover:

  • Managing anxiety and uncertainty
  • Supporting graduating seniors
  • Social connection during physical distancing
  • Supporting teens with Autism or ID/DD

There is a question and answer section at the end of the presentation. You may submit questions as comments during the Facebook Live.

Supporting Teens During COVID-19 is a virtual event and will be available only on Seattle Children’s Facebook page. Please note that there will be no in-person attendance and anyone coming to the hospital will not be allowed to enter. Thank you, everyone, for understanding.

To watch past panel discussions and view resources for supporting mental wellness and family life during COVID-19, visit: Coping and COVID at SeattleChildrens.org.

Here is a list of the past panel recordings: