New data, new insight about the health of our region

A new report by a collaborative of 11 hospitals and health systems, in partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County, provides insight into some of the most relevant health issues impacting our local communities.

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Why Public Health sees a community threat in proposal about immigration

Public Health Director Patty Hayes with other community leaders at a news conference held at International Community Health Services in Seattle on Sept. 25, 2018

The new proposal to amend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” test is a threat to the public’s health. “This is inhumane, and it would undermine efforts to improve the overall health of King County—and impact generations to come,” said Patty Hayes, director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, in a news release […]

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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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Community health advocate Q&A: Families, fish and the Duwamish Superfund site

Fish are a healthy component of many diets, but depending where fish spend their time, they can pick up contaminants like mercury or polychlorinated bipheyls (PCBs) in their bodies. These chemicals are introduced to the environment from industrial and historical uses and enter the food chain, accumulating in seafood, marine mammals and humans. We talked with Mai Hoang, a Vietnamese-speaking Community Health Advocate who is working with Public Health – Seattle and King County.  She shared with us what drives her work as well as some of the challenges she encounters in sharing this information with her community.

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Why paying providers differently improves health (and how we’re doing it)

At a fundamental level, everyone agrees that the purpose of our healthcare system is to improve people’s health. But, the financial systems and incentives in place are often at odds with that goal. The King County Accountable Community of Health is one of nine regional entities across our state established to improve our health care […]

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