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Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Receives Prestigious $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service
Date:1/10/2008

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is in recovery and understands first-hand the challenges that clients

face.

-- Community House Calls: Overcoming Language and Cultural Disparities in

Healthcare -- Bilingual and bi-cultural caseworkers facilitate an

exchange of cultural information between Harborview's providers and

King County's growing immigrant communities. The International Medicine

Clinic at Harborview provides healthcare for many of these new

residents, and interpreter services are offered in more than 80

languages and dialects.

-- Changing Health Behaviors: From the Emergency Department to Primary

Care -- Harborview provides clinical resources and continued education

and support to those with chronic conditions, the leading cause of

illness, disability and death in the United States. A nurse case

manager works with the emergency department (ED) to link patients to

primary care providers and improve disease control between the ED visit

and the first clinical visit. Free education and self-management

programs for chronic disease are also offered in several languages

including Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali.

-- Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle: Protecting Children in their

Neighborhoods -- Committed to preventing injuries to children,

Harborview has teamed up with two partners to create the Injury Free

Coalition for Kids of Seattle. The coalition has promoted the use of

booster seats in immigrant communities, created "walking school bus"

programs in inner city neighborhoods and distributed bike helmets at no

or low cost.

"Harborview is an irreplaceable community asset and a model of exceptional leadership," said Manilow. "Whether it is in clinics for the homeless, housing and employment for the mentally ill, outreach tailored to individuals within a rich
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