13
Jan

Flu deaths and Mumps cases capture attention in the news and legislature

It’s not news we like to hear, but during a week of dozens of deaths related to the flu epidemic and media attention on a mumps outbreak, both the Senate and House held “Public Health 101” work sessions and heard testimony in support of Foundational Public Health Services. On Tuesday, the House and Senate Health Care Committees held work sessions

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12
Jan

Public Health Crises Embattling Washington

Public health community requests funding from Legislature to strengthen Foundational Public Health Services. There have been a number of communicable disease outbreaks in Washington in recent months, including nearly 80 cases of noro virus in a Spokane homeless shelter in November, over 100 cases of mumps in King County in December, and a current epidemic of influenza across the state,

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10
Jan

What’s the focus for Public Health this session?

WSALPHO legislative priorities and pre-filed PH bills: In November 2016, the WSALPHO Board approved a Legislative Agenda that includes targeted policy and budget items to focus on in 2017. The efforts will be led by WSALPHO’s legislative co-chairs, Jeff Ketchel (Snohomish County), Art Starry (Thurston County), legislative committee members and contracted lobbying assistance from Brynn Brady The top WSALPHO priority

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10
Jan

Public Health is Essential

Public Health is Essential is a campaign for funding that supports core public health services statewide. Within the coming weeks, you may begin to hear the tag line, Public Health is Essential in a variety of media.  This campaign is referring to WSALPHO’s and other public health partners top legislative priority- a state down payment that funds what is referred

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