World Suicide Prevention Day 2016: Connect, Communicate, Care

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. On this date every year, we pause to reflect on the impact of suicide in our families and communities and affirm the importance of prevention.  Suicide is preventable, and everyone can be part of the solution. We can continue to honor the lives of those lost to suicide […]

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Q&A: Wild Waves and our water recreation program

Update  10/17/16 – investigation report available for download Original post 8/25/16 – The recent tragic death at Wild Waves amusement park has some people wondering what role Public Health plays in regulating pools and spas in King County. We sat down with Becky Elias, the manager of the Water Recreation Program to find out. What […]

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5 steps to a safe sleep environment for infants

The King County Medical Examiner and several Public Health staff, including experts in injury prevention and nursing, recently published an article in the King County Medical Society Bulletin that provides an important overview of sudden and unexpected infant deaths (SIDS/SUIDS). While many factors may contribute to these unfortunate losses, this article stresses the role of […]

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5 Pokémon Go tips from your local health department

Pokémon nostalgia has roared back with the release of Pokémon Go and those of us in the public health field are not immune to its charms. We wish we could offer you tips on how to catch that elusive Vaporeon, but the only Insider play tip we have so far is that the lobby of the King County […]

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Racism, Injustice and Public Health

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer The horrible violence of the past week, with the killing of black men by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis and of white police officers protecting peaceful demonstrators in Dallas, revolting and deeply offending to all, has left us feeling confused, helpless and frightened.  As a public health […]

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How we use the socio-ecological model to address gun violence

Our health officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin, recently wrote a Seattle Times op-ed demanding more national and local effort to address gun violence. He wrote the article following the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, but gun violence is much more than mass shootings – it includes suicides, homicides, assaults and unintentional deaths that involve a firearm […]

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