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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Public Health Reserve Corps in Action: Scenes from the Seattle/King County Clinic

November is a month for gratitude, and so we’re expressing our appreciation for the members of the Public Health Reserve Corps! They generously give their time to help our community at events like the recent Seattle/King County Clinic, a giant free clinic held for four days in September. And they stand ready to volunteer if […]

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Adorable animals: Shameless pandering for emergency preparedness

We know you aren’t as prepared for an emergency as you could be. Don’t feel badly–it’s true for everyone, and even though we are the health department, we’re not going to wag our finger. But we aren’t above wagging some tails. We’re here to remind you to take those next steps to be a little […]

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