In the Media


Puget Sound Business Journal, 2/22/2021

“Esther Lucero, CEO of the Seattle Indian Health Board, knew if she marked her Hispanic ethnicity on the state Covid-19 vaccination form, she wouldn’t be counted in the Indigenous category. So she left it off.

She’s been doing this on many forms for at least seven years.”

The Seattle Times, 2/15/2021

“Last week I wrote about the need to focus on action — not just words — when it comes to equity in vaccine distribution.

The lip service I wrote about is in abundance in Seattle. Everyone knows the right words to say to lend the appearance of a commitment to equity. As Dr. Ben Danielson said last week at a Seattle City Council meeting on vaccine distribution equity, the impact of lip service is a threat to the health and safety of our communities.”

The Seattle Times, 2/8/2021

“It feels like déjà vu all over again.

Nearly a year after COVID-19 hit our region and we were forced to reckon with deep racial disparities in infections and deaths, we now have another parallel equity crisis: vaccine distribution.”

The Seattle Times, 2/5/2021

“Scarce doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have so far gone disproportionately to white Washington residents, new data from the state Department of Health (DOH) shows.

As in other states, Black and Hispanic residents have tested positive for the coronavirus at a higher rate compared to white residents, but vaccination numbers haven’t matched each group’s vulnerability.”