Summer is heating up – and so should your water safety planning

According to climate scientists, chances are it’s going to be a hotter summer than typical across King County. Hot weather brings people out to our region’s lakes, rivers and salt water areas looking to cool off and have fun.  But the more folks flock to beaches and rivers, the higher the likelihood that more people […]

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The Washington State Equity and Diversity Project: Voicing the Needs of LGBTQ People

by Ingrid Ulrey, Public Health – Seattle & King County Policy Director What do we know that about the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in Washington State? We know a lot. Local studies show that LGBTQ people face discrimination and experience higher than average rates of depression, substance use disorder and sexually transmitted disease. […]

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Using a public health approach to reach zero youth detention

Research shows that youth have a better chance at positive adulthood when they don’t interact with the legal system. A public health approach means employing prevention and intervention strategies that eliminate the need for juvenile detention and promote the well-being of all youth.

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Health Effects of Cannabis Use: The Current Evidence on Benefits & Risks

For this blog, we talked about the health effects of cannabis use with Dr. Gillian Schauer, a national cannabis expert and senior consultant to federal and state agencies on cannabis policy, surveillance, and research. The health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids are complex, and we know far less than we do about other substances. Dr. […]

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A new case of measles diagnosed in a King County resident

New measles cases have been identified in King County, WA. Most people are protected through immunization, but anyone who has not been vaccinated or not had the measles may be at risk if they were in a location of potential measles exposure.

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Many partners, one leading EMS/Medic One system

If you live in King County, you are fortunate. King County EMS is known for its exceptional performance in meeting national standards for emergency response times, including one of the best cardiac arrest survival rates in the nation.

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