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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Communities of Opportunity expands investments to increase civic engagement and strengthen connections

Communities of Opportunity, a partnership that includes Public Health – Seattle & King County, is expanding efforts to help neighborhoods and cultural communities contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents. The approach focuses on sharing power and decision-making with community partners, supporting community-led solutions and working […]

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Best Starts for Kids: Ensuring Health and Safety for All Children in Child Care

Child care centers are busy places. Caring for children of all ages includes many schedules, curriculum, food preparation, naps, comforting tears, and not least of all, working hard to provide a safe and healthy child care environment. But did you know that child care staff often have a nurse to call upon to help coach them on how to promote healthy practices?

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Can you answer these 5 questions about immunizations correctly?

We typically think of immunizations happening in early childhood, before a child reaches 11 or 12 years old. However, teens and adults need immunizations, too. How well do you know the lifetime vaccine schedule? Test your skills below! Now that you are a vaccine schedule expert, you’ll be excited to hear the latest news from […]

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Preserving health insurance for children – and celebrating progress

With insurance coverage now above 98 percent for children in King County, nearly all children have health insurance – and full access to our health care system. This means these kids and youth can get their immunizations and catch health problems early, such as asthma, autism or cancer. Coupled with King County’s new Best Starts […]

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We can do more to prevent lead poisoning in kids

October is Children’s Environmental Health Month! Oh, you didn’t know? This month may be better known for ghouls and goblins, but our Lead and Toxics Team has put together a series of blog posts that are sure to give you goosebumps. By Chiemeka Ohaebosim, policy developer in the Lead and Toxics program Both the EPA […]

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