Reminder! October Meeting Wed. October 20 - 7:00pm - Amazing DEI Inequities in Health Panel!

Reminder!  October General Meeting on Wednesday, October 20 - 7:00pm

Environmental Caucus at 5:30pm - same link


Get Out The Vote for the November election is well underway, and our October meeting is also coming soon! 

We have sample ballots in-house, and if you are a PCO, you have been contacted about distribution for your precinct.

We have precincts with no PCO, however, so if you are not a PCO and would like to adopt a precinct, or if you are a PCO who wishes to do more than one precinct, please contact PCO chair and District Vice Chair Andrzej Montaño at [email protected]

We also have an excellent program for our October meeting!  We will be presenting Inequities in Health Care with an excellent panel of experts in October.

Official Call to Meeting

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Zoom Registration link:

5:30pm - Environmental and Climate Caucus (same Zoom link)

7:00pm - Call to Order

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Redistricting Call to Action
  • 2021 Membership Drive
  • GOTV update
  • Introduction of Resolution for November meeting – where to get additional information.  Recognition of Duwamish Tribe: Resolution Linked Here

7:15pm - Program

We continue our series of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs with our October presentation:

Inequities in Health Care

Early on in this pandemic we witnessed the uneven toll that Covid-19 placed on communities of color and indigenous communities in our country. We know, however, that this is only one example of the extensive and devastating inequities in healthcare. In our upcoming session, experts will explore some of the origins of this problem and the role of policy in exacerbating or mitigating these inequities. 

This session is part of the 46th Dems series on diversity, equity, and inclusion that has covered important topics like inequities and discrimination in housing policy, political candidate participation, education, and policing.

Please see below for the biographies of this exciting panel!

We hope you’ll be able to join us for this robust and important conversation.

8:30pm – GOTV questions

8:45pm – Good of the Order


2022 GOTV Funding/Membership Drive:  We can reach more voters if we can mail our sample ballot into security buildings and gated neighborhoods. 

And remember, if you donate at the $30 level, your membership for 2022 is automatically renewed – at $46, it is renewed for your whole family! 

You can donate and renew your membership to the 46th District at this link:


DEI Panel on Heath Care Inequities:

Panelist: Dr Michele Andrasik: (she/her) is a clinical health psychologist working to build and enhance partnerships with marginalized communities in clinical research, with a focus on ongoing vaccine trials for HIV and COVID-19. She is the Director of Social Behavioral Sciences and Community Engagement for the Fred Hutchinson-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and the COVID-19 Prevention Network, Senior Staff Scientist in the Fred Hutchinson Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and an Affiliate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Andrasik received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami. She also has Master’s Degrees in Health Education and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. Dr. Andrasik brings expertise in implicit bias and historical trauma and the utilization of Community-Based Participatory Research approaches and Qualitative Research Methods.

Panelist: Christina Diego, Nimiipuu, Diné, MSW, MPA. - Christina is a Policy Manager with the Seattle Indian Health Board where she advocates for the health and wellness of urban American Indians and Alaska Natives on a local to federal level. Her work today uplifts the voices of community, supports traditional ways of knowing, and utilizes research to advocate for the needs of Indian Country. Christina is also an advocate for community based initiatives that support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Her work has supported relief efforts to prepare and respond to COVID-19, increase resources for the Indian healthcare system, and ensure trust and  treaty obligations to Native people are upheld.

Panelist: Rokea Jones, MPA - Rokea has been a birthworker/doula for over 14years, she is certified as a lactation educator and peer counselor. Her experience includes being an infant mental health specialist and childbirth educator. Rokea has her Masters in Public Administration. She is a policy advocate, has spent four years volunteering on the Seattle Women’s Commission. She joined with King County Public Health to address the health inequities for families of color during the Covid 19 Pandemic as a Community Navigator. She is also an alum of Puget Sound Sage Community Leadership Institute and a Leadership Tomorrow alum.  Rokea considers herself a wholistic health practitioner and inside of this work, she sees policy change as part of the healing our communities need.

Nahom Daniel: Nahom Daniel is a Community Health Navigator at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. He evaluates health outcomes of East-African Immigrant communities to increase the knowledge base on health disparities related to COVID-19. Nahom is also assisting with HIV research using mixed method techniques to address intersectional stigmas and HIV testing in African immigrant communities in King County. A member of the CFAR Community Consultative Group at the Office Of Community Engagement (UW/Fred Hutch), Nahom provides consultation to CFAR researchers regarding community considerations and design of research proposals and projects; facilitates and evaluates community outreach activities/events and collaborates with community-based organizations and groups in the Seattle area. A recent graduate from the University of Washington, he intends to pursue a master's degree in Public Health in epidemiology to continue his work with East-African communities.

Moderator: Genya Shimkin: (she/they) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UW School of Medicine. In this role, Genya develops curriculum and programming for medical and other health sciences students interested in care of underserved and historically marginalized communities. Genya is also Associate Director of the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health at UW School of Public Health. Genya's particular areas of focus include LGBTQ+ health, harm reduction, health justice, and anti-oppression frameworks for health promotion.

I look forward to seeing you all on October 20th!