As the war in Ukraine continues, refugees from the Seattle area settle and seek health services.

A local Ukrainian nonprofit is stepping up to help them navigate the complex US healthcare system.

The Nashi Immigrants Health Board is teaming up with federal, state and local health agencies to host an event Saturday at Redmond’s Idylwood Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can find a mobile Covid vaccination center and Ukrainian-speaking healthcare navigators to provide information. on local services. There will also be activities like yoga, volleyball and a place to sip tea.

Tamara Cyhan-Cunitz, one of the founders of the Nashi Immigrants Health Board, explained that “Nashi” means “our community” in Ukrainian and Russian.

Cyhan-Cunitz said many local Ukrainians and refugees do not trust health facilities.

She said that at first they didn’t have a lot of data on what kind of health care issues the community had. But she said people in the community were willing to talk to her, a Ukrainian-American.

“These stories and anecdotal information are so important because we know they’re true. We know they’re true for ‘Nashi,'” Cyhan-Cunitz said. “People tell us because they trust us.”

The health board is currently collecting official information on the physical and mental health needs of the growing Ukrainian refugee community.

Ekaterina Teterina, consultant to the Nashi Immigrants Health Board, said she hopes that if refugees are connected to government health resources through “Nashi”, they will trust them.

“Bridging this gap and building community trust between our government agencies and our communities is very important,” Teterina said. “By being a face of the community, being there to provide those translation services and being there to guide them through that communication process, hopefully that will help them feel differently. Maybe can we make them say, ‘We can trust them.’”

This event is open to everyone, not just Ukrainians.

You can find more information about the event and the health advisory at nashisupport.com.