Financial Policy is Health Policy

Blog re-posted from Communities Count – a resource that supports King County communities in the use of data to promote and achieve equity. How does household debt affect health? Debt is a growing feature of daily life and it shapes our access to vital basic needs, like housing, education and transportation. Household, or consumer, debt […]

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Child Death Review: Prevention through collaboration

Since 2003, not a single child in King County has died from a helmet-preventable bicycle injury. What helped lead to this victory? King County’s Child Death Review – a collaborative effort to identify opportunities and interventions that prevent children from dying. As the ‘doctor’ for the community, we are responsible for looking at broad trends […]

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Pesticides and Pot: What Marijuana Users Should Know

By Jeff Duchin, MD, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County The passage of I-502 in 2012 means that marijuana is now a legal crop in Washington State. Growers of most of the fruit and vegetables we eat routinely use pesticides and other chemicals to reduce or eliminate crop destruction. Because marijuana […]

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Cutting the (trans) fat: Health policy-making in action

Trans fats, typically found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), have been used in foods because of their unique ability to remain solid at relatively high temperatures. These properties keep food tasting fresher longer, but they also make it harder for our bodies to metabolize them, and that poses serious health risks. But, unlike other hazardous […]

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Talking public health policy with Laura Hitchcock, JD

You’ve heard of disease surveillance, which identifies and tracks disease over time by collecting information on data such as prevalence, location, and impact. Policy surveillance asks similar questions, specifically about policy – what policies exist, what are their requirements, and are they making a difference in health.  To learn more about Public Health’s ground-breaking work […]

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