Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a highly contagious virus. A large outbreak in San Diego, along with outbreaks in Los Angeles and in Salt Lake City has Public Health officials concerned that a hepatitis A outbreak could occur in King County. Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County’s Health Officer, explains who’s at risk […]

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Free child car seat checks in King County

THE INFORMATION ABOUT CAR SEAT CHECK DATES IS NOT CURRENT. Please visit the updated blog. Information from 2017 below for reference: Several free child car seat check events happen locally over the next few months for parents, parents-to-be and caregivers. Whether this is your first time installing a car seat in preparation for the arrival […]

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One map shows huge impact of ACA locally

The number of uninsured residents of King County has fallen by more than 50% since embracing the ACA, benefitting every neighborhood of the county

Our epidemiologists at Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) have been keeping track of insurance enrollment for years. And, for a long time, the picture was getting worse year by year, with increasing numbers of people uninsured. That all changed after 2013, when new insurance options became available under the Affordable Care Act. King County embraced the […]

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Meet a “do-it-all” nurse, with a special passion for social justice

For National Public Health Week (April 3-7th), we’re celebrating by featuring unsung public health heroes who make our communities safer and healthier. Each day, we’ll highlight a public health worker through their own words, sharing their work and why they’re committed to serving our community. Today, we have Tina Maestas, who serves as a Public […]

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Telling patient stories: Comics journalism at the Seattle/King County Clinic

Armed with pen and paper, a dozen artists roamed the floor of the Seattle/King County Clinic, a  four-day pop-up clinic at the Seattle Center’s Key Arena that provided free medical, dental, and vision care to nearly 4,500 people last October. These were some of the most respected comics artists in the Pacific Northwest, and they were […]

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