New school health centers promote “whole child” approach

School-based health centers are improving health (and academics) for youth at more than 30 schools in King County – and this year, the number of schools participating is expanding, through Best Starts for Kids. The centers bring medical and mental health services right where it’s easiest for students to access – in clinics that are […]

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Patient at local hospital diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease

The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of one patient admitted to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hospital located at UWMC, was diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patient’s medical history suggests that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized in […]

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Seeking people exposed to rabid bat at UW

A rabid bat was found near Husky Stadium at the University of Washington (UW) on Saturday, May 19, and at least one person was bitten. Multiple people were likely exposed to the rabid bat while attempting to help the individual remove the bat from his hand at a UW fraternity. If you may have had […]

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The unique niche (and diverse roles) for Public Health nurses

When nurses come to work at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), they come with a purpose. “The nurses who choose public health as their practice are strongly rooted in service. They want to be of service to those who are vulnerable,” says Amy Curtis, a Registered Nurse who leads recruiting efforts for […]

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New Overdose Data Suggest Epidemic Outpacing Response

In the US, more people now die each year from drug overdoses than died at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, more than died during the entire Vietnam War. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years of age, and the epidemic cost the US an estimated $117 billion in 2017 alone.  Here are some key findings from our report and my perspective on actions we need to take in order to see this epidemic come under control.

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