8
Feb

Is Our Public Health on Life Support?

Upcoming Town Hall Events – A series of Public Health budget cuts is forcing our health professionals to ask, “Is Our Public Health System on Life Support?” Join us for these TV Town Hall Events where we’ll discuss that question with health leaders and audience members. Saturday, February 11th 8:30 p.m. after NBA Game on KOMO TV  Sunday, February 12th 2

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25
Jan

Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death

The WA state legislature is considering joining two other states, Hawaii and California, by raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 years.    On Tuesday morning, the House Health Care Committee heard a bill that would raise the tobacco purchase age to 21 years (HB 1054).  The testimony was strong and included:  Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  Secretary of Health John Wiesman, Brigadier General
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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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