A wake-up call that will help you sleep better

Even if you slept through this morning’s 4.6 earthquake (like me), consider it Mother Nature’s kick-in-the-pants to update your readiness for the Big One. Or as our friends at King County Office of Emergency put it: Today’s earthquake was a literal “wake up” call. It’s true that our region has the potential for a major earthquake (remember that […]

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Get Ready for Wildfire Smoke Season

Now is the time to get ready for smoke season, especially taking steps to protect your health. Learn what you may need in your home, what to plan for at work, and when to talk to your healthcare provider about smoke exposure.

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Happy National Public Health Week? Our House is On Fire…

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Six months ago, after the release of the comprehensive Fourth National Climate Assessment, I wrote about the many harmful health effects due to climate change that we are currently experiencing and that we can expect to increase, such as longer and more severe pollen and allergy seasons; increases in […]

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Community Health Boards Make Resilient Communities

Community connectedness is one of the pillars of health that can counter the impacts of trauma and adversity. Yesterday’s blog introduced some key concepts in trauma-informed practice. In today’s blog, we’ll look at how communities are building those connections and fostering resilience, demonstrating how community-led initiatives are beneficial for health.  In the field of public health […]

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Another winter blast coming: Plan for medical needs

Just as we’re beginning to thaw out from the snow from Sunday and Monday, we’ve got a forecast for more snow into the weekend and perhaps into next week. While we can still get around on the roads, this is a good time to plan if you have medical needs. Snow, road closures, and your […]

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Emergency preparedness for your car, Seattle Squeeze edition

The Seattle Squeeze is coming, and locals are gearing up for what could be the one traffic jam to rule them all. In case you’ve been in a news and social media blackout (and these days, who could blame you), this will be the period starting January 11 through early February when SR 99 is […]

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