5 reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, Emergency Medical Service calls, and most sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on […]

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What if a health worker came to you? And spoke your language?

On this Monday afternoon at the community room at Southwood Square in Kent, Natalie Kotar brings out her whiteboard and begins a conversation about healthy drinks—all in Russian. Here, she’s known as Natasha, an affectionate nickname in Russian for Natalie. The seniors living here have met in the community room, a few feet from the […]

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Safety, stress and public health: Chinatown-International District neighborhood voices

In the first segment, What you may not know about health in the CID, we shared insights about the Chinatown-International District from the perspective of analyzing neighborhood-level health data.  In this second segment, we talk with Valerie Tran, Healthy Communities Program Manager of the InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA) to learn about their recent community public […]

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What you may not know about health in the Chinatown-International District

We are writing a three-part series on the health of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in our region, the Chinatown-International District (CID). With a one year nationally-funded grant, The BUILD Health Challenge has led to a robust community partnership that will take a deep look into the health and vibrancy of the CID. To […]

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Number crunchers, rejoice! Health and housing data are coming together

Receipt of a modest grant is typically not big news, but this one just might be. In fact, this “data integration” grant has public health, public housing and health care professionals in high spirits because now we’ll be able to work together more effectively. The Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) grant – $200,000 through July […]

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Violence abroad and at home: A message from Jeff Duchin

The following is a message from Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin to the staff at  Public Health. We think the message will resonate with those inside and outside of our agency.  Dear Colleagues, On Friday, I spent the day with others from Public Health – Seattle & King County and regional local health departments, Washington […]

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