Sketches from Outside the Margins: Stories from the Seattle/King County Clinic

This past October, I was part of a team of cartoonists who joined the volunteer force at the 2017 Seattle/King County Clinic to share the stories of the patients who seek the free medical, dental, and vision care at this giant pop-up clinic. We talked to patients as they waited–endlessly waited–for care to learn what […]

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An overwhelming desire for health insurance, as deadline looms

More people than ever are buying health insurance through Washington’s health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. And with the surge in interest, King County’s network of health insurance navigators is offering extra hours to help people find the right plan for their needs (see below). In Washington state, because we operate our own Affordable Care Act […]

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A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Public health focuses HIV prevention activities to those at highest risk. In King County, that has meant decades of intensive work to reduce transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM), the group most impacted by HIV locally.  As a result of that targeted strategy, the number of new cases of HIV […]

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SING-A-LONG: “These are a Few of Our Public Health Things”

Public Health is celebrating a long, productive year. Sing along! Click the links!  Smileys on restaurants and signage on clinics Saying “you’re welcome” to all who come in it Kicking off Best Starts with com-mun-ities These are a few 2017 things! Spray parks and hygiene and tales made of doodles Noro in oysters And phthalates […]

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Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then you better get ready.

The forecast says that there’s a possibility–just a possibility, mind you–of snow on Christmas Eve and flurries on Christmas Day. And while that does sound delightful in a Bing Crosby-kind-of-way, snow can catch us off guard, especially if we have health needs. Snow, road closures, and your health When snow closes roads, it’s hard for […]

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QUIZ: Is your residence rat-proofed for the winter?

When it gets cold and rainy, we humans bundle up and retreat to the indoors. Unfortunately, so do rats. Besides being unsightly, rats spread bacteria and viruses, and they can cause damage to buildings, houses and even vehicles. So, before you settle in for the season, make sure you’ve done what you can to keep […]

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