Our 16 favorite blog posts from 2016 (and your top choice too!)

Wow! 2016 is coming to an end, and we can’t thank you enough for reading Public Health Insider. We’ve posted more than 100 times in the last 362 days, on everything from horses in coffee shops to flu vaccines. Take a look at some of our favorites throughout the year and tell us what you think about our work!

Happy New Year, King County!

  1. With the new year comes a new way to rate food safety: A Q&A with Becky Elias and Damarys Espinoza (12/19/2016) - We've been hard at work developing a new food safety rating system that gives King County residents the information they need to remain safe while eating out. Restaurants will now receive one of four food safety ratings that will be posted on restaurant window signs.
  2. Washington Healthplanfinder is the state's online insurance marketplace Should you still sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act? YES (11/18/2016) - Ever since the election, people are wondering whether their health insurance coverage will survive next year, if the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”) is targeted for repeal. The short answer is, yes.
  3. How do you staff up a giant free clinic? Call in the Public Health Reserve Corps! (10/18/2016) - On October 27, our Public Health Reserve Corps helped run a a pop-up clinic that provided free medical, dental, and vision care to nearly 4,500 people in just four days.
  4. Moving beyond the health insurance card: the new Medicaid waiver (10/10/2016) - In an interview with Policy Director Ingrid McDonald, we learned about a new agreement called the Medicaid Transformation Waiver and how it might impact King County.
  5. Growing produce and community at Elk Run Farm (9/1/2016) - Food banks in South King County serve 30,000 families a month, but fresh produce can be hard to come by. Our partner Elk Run Farm is changing that, and growing community in Maple Valley in the process.
  6. What are the needs and strengths of King County families? First-ever health survey to provide answers. (8/24/2016) - We’d like to thank the parents and caregivers who have completed the BSK Health Survey! It is still open- we’ve extended the deadline to make sure all voices are heard.
  7. Why 50-year-old housing practices could be linked to poor health outcomes today (7/21/2016) - Did you know racist housing practices from more than 50 years ago could be linked with poor health outcomes today? We have evidence that residential segregation, which still exists in Seattle and King County, may be a factor.
  8. King County's newest Mobile Medical Van New Mobile Medical Van to assist homeless in Seattle (7/6/2016) - By offering on-demand, walk-up access to medical, mental health, chemical dependency, and other services, the Mobile Medical program helps people overcome these obstacles.
  9. Dr. Jeff Duchin on gun violence: “We need to do more.” (6/13/2016) - Following the attack on the Orlando nightclub, Dr. Jeff Duchin makes a plea for a stronger public health role in addressing gun violence.
  10. Zika in King County: What it means and who should be concerned (5/4/2016) - After we confirmed our first case of Zika in King County, Dr. Jeff Duchin helped us manage our concerns.
  11. How cardboard boxes and conversations might save babies’ lives in King County (4/21/2016) - The cardboard boxes aren’t just boxes – they’re baby bed boxes (from the Baby Bed Box Co.), designed to give babies a safe place to sleep.
  12. Dr. Kudenchuk: Study reveals exciting news about cardiac arrest treatment (4/11/2016) - On April 4, the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium published the outcome of the Amio-Lido-Placebo Study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results are another important step forward in the world of cardiac arrest response.
  13. An X-ray of the chest of a man with tuberculosis. The areas infected with TB bacteria are colored red. Science Photo Library/Corbis On World TB Day, still plenty of work left despite local successes (3/24/2016) - We saw an increase in TB in the United States for the first time in 23 years. In King County, TB isn’t increasing, but our proportion of TB-infected individuals (those who carry a dormant form of TB (“latently-infected”) is higher than Washington’s or any other region in the state.
  14. Taking a public health approach to King County’s opiate epidemic (3/2/2016) - In light of the devastating opioid epidemic, Dr. Jeff Duchin explains the importance of helping people who are already addicted and preventing people from becoming addicted in the first place.
  15. 26 years later, KCMEO identifies unknown homicide victim (2/25/2016) - After 26 years of investigation, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) identified the remains of an unknown homicide victim, who died from a shotgun wound to the torso.
  16. Public Health shares more foodborne illness outbreak information in 2016 (1/22/2016) - We revealed our new process for sharing foodborne illness outbreak information with you.




But let’s not forget the people’s choice award, which goes, hands paws down, to our warning about the dog flu. Nearly 40,000 of you read the blog and more than 4,000 shared it on Facebook. Thanks to your help spreading the word, the dog flu was very well managed in King County.

Dog owners, be on the lookout: Canine influenza a possibility in King County

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