27
Feb

Foundational Public Health Services Moves Past Cutoff

HB 1432/SB 5353 , Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS), directs the state Department of Health to work with Local Health Jurisdictions and develop a shared services project for epidemiology assessment and communicable disease monitoring and response.  It also addresses longer term public health needs through the development of a public health improvement plan. Utilized as a vehicle to discuss the FPHS budget request in

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27
Feb

Is there value in hosting drug injection sites?

On Monday, the Senate Health Care committee considered SB 5223, a bill that responds to Seattle’s latest action that permitted two safe injection sites for heroin users.  SB 5223 would ban them.    Last year, Seattle King County Public Health convened a task force of experts that could provide guidance on the heroine and opiate epidemic occurring in the county.  The Heroin and

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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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