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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What a comprehensive commitment to ending the opioid crisis would look like

Yesterday, the federal government called attention to the opioid crisis by declaring a Public Health Emergency. While the specific rulemaking or funding implications are still unknown, Public Health and our partners will be closely following any actions and impacts. What we do know is that the solution to this crisis requires action from all levels […]

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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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Join the conversation about lead and toxics in our community

October is Children’s Environmental Health Month! Oh, you didn’t know? This month may be better known for ghouls and goblins, but our Lead and Toxics Team has put together a series of blog posts that are sure to give you goosebumps. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks discussing lead and toxics, and why testing […]

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Everything you wanted to know about colonoscopies but were too afraid to ask

Our Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP), helped more than 600 people get colorectal cancer screenings last year. Most had negative results, but a few needed additional screening colonoscopies. Cristina Del Alma, our colorectal cancer screening and cancer treatment coordinator helped these clients through their colonoscopies.  She knows that colonoscopies aren’t fun, but she’s passionate […]

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