Tune in – LIVE- with Director Patty Hayes

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County,  will share her passion for public health during a live Q & A session via Periscope, a live-streaming video app, as part of  Public Health Week (April 4-8). Tune-in on Tuesday, April 5 from 12:00 – 12:30 pm! The Periscope app will allow you to ask questions […]

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Local public health capacity is critical in the response to global health emergencies

Last year, our local health department worked intensively with King County healthcare systems and our community in response to the ongoing, unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Our director of communicable diseases, Dr. Jeff Duchin (now also health officer), was a leading figure in our local Ebola preparedness and response activities. At the national level, he worked with […]

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Dorene Hersh chosen as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader

Public Health’s Dorene Hersh is one of just 25 nurses from across the country selected as a Public Health Nurse Leader (PHNL) by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). She will participate in a two-year leadership development program designed to strengthen the capacity of senior public health nurses to improve population health, address social determinants […]

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Pride 2015: Day of Celebration

It was a joyous Pride parade as we celebrated the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages and for the first time, marched as One King County with over 300 of our King County colleagues! More photos! More pride! 

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Public Health celebrates 28 years of Pride

Our department, led by what is now the HIV/STD Program, has participated in Pride festivities every year since 1987. Until now, each department, including Public Health, marched separately, but this year King County employees from every department are marching together. We are excited that everyone is joining forces to assemble our largest contingent yet, and […]

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It’s official: Patty Hayes and Jeff Duchin appointed permanent

On Friday, June 3, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced they appointed Patty Hayes Director of Public Health. Director Hayes appointed Dr. Jeffrey Duchin to the position of Health Officer. This two-person “dyad” leadership model, with a director and a health officer, is a shift for our department. We asked […]

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