How a King County Family Planning clinic earned a national stamp of quality

When a woman comes into King County’s Eastgate Public Health Center for a birth control consultation, or STD testing, the clinician she sees is coordinating with her other medical providers (such as family practice, ob/gyn, etc.), which saves her time and prevents future confusion. That coordination is now standardized in a way that’s won a national […]

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New High School FLASH curriculum gets evaluation funding

Most students in King County and many other students around the country (and the world) are taught sexual health education (or, “sex ed”) using a comprehensive curriculum called FLASH. Last year about 80,000 FLASH lesson plans were downloaded from all over the U.S., but this ubiquitous curriculum was developed right here at Public Health by our staff of family planning health educators.

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Farmers markets: Not just about the $12 tomato

Farmers markets are sometimes perceived as a great way to buy fresh produce – if you have a lot of disposable income. But in King County, they are a symbol of public health and sustainability. At Public Health, we touch farmers markets in a number of ways, from food safety oversight to creating infrastructure that […]

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How King County has served more than 2000 new moms and counting

Being a new mom isn’t easy for anyone.  This reality is especially true for moms with a low income who don’t have much support. Which is why, in 1999, Public Health – Seattle & King County began the Nurse-Family Partnership program (NFP) to help set young moms and their children on a healthy path for […]

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Take-aways from the Surgeon General: Our work in the national picture

By Janna Wilson, Director of Health Policy and Planning The new U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy came to Seattle earlier this month as part of a national “listening tour,” hosted by the Region 10 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office.  I confess that I hadn’t given much thought to the role of the […]

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Could investing in the early years be a key to the public’s health?

The Public Health community has long looked upstream for what produces healthy individuals, families and whole communities. At its core, we understand that conditions such as housing, employment, the environment and education are the foundation of healthy communities. But what if, just as we rattle off “education” as a key building block for lifelong health, public […]

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