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Communication and Community Outreach

What materials should I prepare?

COHEs are part of the community they serve and are most successful when they have community support. A COHE can facilitate discussions throughout the community about how business and labor can work together to affect return to work and disability/injury prevention.

A COHE must collaborate with their L&I contract manager on all communications. The L&I contract manager must approve content for all printed materials such as brochures, advertisements, standardized forms, and presentations, before they are used.

You should also maintain a web page explaining COHE processes and resources for community providers, workers, and employers and provide a link to appropriate L&I websites.

Community outreach also includes training and seminars for employers, workers, and labor unions.

Examples of communications and community outreach materials*

For ideas, see these examples from existing COHEs:

  1. COHE at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center of the Puget Sound, established in 2002.
  2. COHE Community of Eastern Washington, established in 2003.
  3. COHE at UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center, established in 2007.
  4. COHE at the Everett Clinic, established 2007.
  5. COHE Alliance of Western Washington, established in 2013.
  6. COHE at Group Health, established in 2013.

You can also use materials produced by L&I for employers and workers.

What do I need to do with business and labor?

Business and labor involvement and support has been crucial to the success of the COHEs for the last decade.  Involvement can be at the local, regional, and statewide levels. See the contract for details on ways to engage business and labor. 

Local
At the local level, each COHE can decide how best to involve local business and labor interests to build trust and keep community involvement in issues surrounding occupational health. 

Regional
There will be two advisory regional boards, with one serving Western Washington COHEs, and one serving Eastern Washington COHEs.

Statewide
COHEs will participate in a statewide advisory committee of business, labor and providers.

*Examples span COHE contracts beginning in 2002.

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