29
Mar

Early Senate Floor Votes Support Public Health!

While the hill was abuzz with budget talk, the Senate voted bills off the floor supporting local public health. First, and most excitedly, HB 1497 – foundational public health services (FPHS) passed with a 44-1 (4 absent) vote! This is a tremendous show of bi-partisan support for governmental public health, particularly local public health. WSAC and WSALPHO advocated heavily on

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18
Mar

Public Health on the Hill

Last week, WSALPHO attended the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) annual Public Health on the Hill in Washington DC. As the state affiliate for Washington, WSALPHO has an important role in communicating the importance of local public health and the need for stable funding at the federal level to support local programs. Joined by two local

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11
Mar

Exciting Week for Public Health

Foundational Public Health Services – through HB 1497 – just got a big show of support on the Hill. On Tuesday, the House voted 94-4 to pass HB 1497 off the floor. This is an increase in bi-partisan support for FPHS from 2017’s session. The bill is now in Senate Health and Long Term Care committee and we’re excitedly awaiting

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1
Mar

Modernizing Vital Records

An early and long-standing county service has been the responsibility of maintaining vital records. In 1891, Washington State required each county to keep vital records on births and deaths for their citizens. In 1907 the state assumed this responsibility but maintains local programs who operate as local registrars. Vital records (a FPHS focus area!) are reports of all specific vital

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