Tag: Foundational Public Health

29
Apr

Hits and Misses for Local Public Health Funding

A few highlights of the hits (good) and misses (bad) of this biennium’s operating budget. Hit: On-going and stable funding for Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS). The legislature funded Foundational Public Health Services at $22 million on-going funding. This is a hopeful first step toward the full funding of all areas within FPHS. (Remember, through the needs assessment – this

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5
Apr

2SHB 1497 Signed by Governor!

On April 3rd, Governor Inslee signed 2HB 1497 - regarding foundational public health services. This law establishes a new framework and collaborative decision-making process between state and local governments in allocating funding to public health services. This is an exciting time for WSAC and WSALPHO and is the culmination of hard work dating back at least seven years. With FPHS
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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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