The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Impacts of Systemic Racism

February 9, 2021 6:30 pm



Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health — Seattle & King County, discusses the impact of the pandemic on BIPOC communities and what systemic changes need to be made now to avoid long-lasting impact.

About the speaker

Patty Hayes

Director of Public Health, Seattle & King County.

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, has over 30 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Most recently, Patty has been responsible for the COVID-19 response for King County. In addition, County Executive Dow Constantine and Patty declared Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Patty is co-leading the efforts in the county to address systemic and institutionally racist governmental policies and procedures and to build pathways for community-led solutions. Patty has received numerous honors and recognition, including the University of Washington Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award in 2020. Patty has a bachelor and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington, School of Nursing and was inducted into the Washington Nursing Hall of Fame in 2002.

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