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Health Department to share office with Key Peninsula Community Council

Mar 13, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. – Beginning in March, Key Peninsula residents can skip the trip across the bridge and get personalized customer service for on-site septic system needs, water quality concerns, and more.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will share office space with Key Peninsula Community Council at the Key Center Corral, 9013 Key Peninsula Hwy N, in Lakebay. The Community Council is already in the new space. Health Department staff will join them by March 7.

“We want to make it easier and more convenient for Key Peninsula residents to access our services and talk to us,” said Frank DiBiase, Environmental Health Division Director for the Health Department. “Every homeowner and business owner plays a role in protecting our environment and improving water quality. We can help. But distance and travel time shouldn’t be a barrier,” he said.

Residents will be able to learn about financial incentives and resources for septic system repairs, water quality information about bays and streams, and other Health Department services at the satellite location. The office will also serve as a meeting place for residents to share concerns and ideas for services they would like to see.

“Like us, the Health Department wants to enhance its connection with residents and support improvements to the local community,” said Chuck West, president of the Key Peninsula Community Council. “We are pleased to partner with them and to share space in a location that makes it easy for residents to get services that are so critical to the health and vitality of the Key Peninsula,” he said.

The Health Department also offers many services and resources online including:

Food Worker Card Exam—www.foodworkercard.wa.gov
Food Establishment Inspection Reports—www.tpchd.org/food/food-establishment-inspection-reports
Forms & Applications for Septic & Well Needs—www.tpchd.org/environment/septic-systems/forms-applications
Lakes, Beaches & Shellfish Alerts & Advisories—www.tpchd.org/environment/surface-water-lakes-beaches-shellfish
On-Site Septic System Inspection & Service History—Septic System Inspections – onlineRME.com
On-Site Septic System As-Built Lookup—www.tpchd.org/asbuilt.php

The shared office will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Health Department will initially have staff on hand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The office number is (253) 432-4948. Learn more at websites for each organization: www.kpcouncil.org and www.tpchd.org/KP.

The shared office concept grew out of the Health Department’s “Communities of Focus” effort. According to health equity data, the Health Department has compiled, areas of the Key Peninsula have some of the county’s poorest health outcomes. Opening a local office to improve access to Health Department services and resources is a practical step the Department is taking to connect residents with opportunities to improve health. Learn more at www.tpchd.org/healthequity.

About Key Peninsula Community Council: The Key Peninsula Community Council (KPC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to address, respond to and meet the needs of the community residents by developing partnerships, sponsorship and programs in order to maintain and improve the quality of life on the Key Peninsula.

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of our mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. We are one of only 163 accredited health departments in the country and among six in the state to have met or exceeded the Public Health Accreditation Board’s quality standards. Learn more at www.tpchd.org.

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