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April 3, 2024

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  • Watch our social media to learn more about National Public Health Week.
  • Find out what you will see at today’s Board of Health meeting.
  • Join a Health Impact Assessment Advisory Group.
  • Learn about natural yard care.


It’s National Public Health Week!

Did you know you are public health? So is your grocer, your mechanic, your doctor, and the staff at your favorite restaurant. In fact, we are all public health!

  • This week, we celebrate National Public Health Week. The theme is “Protect, Connect and Thrive: We Are All Public Health.”
  • Our Director of Public Health, Chantell Harmon Reed, joined both the Pierce County and City of Tacoma councils Tuesday, April 2, as each council proclaimed it Public Health Week locally.
  • On any given day, our staff are working to ensure everything from safe food in restaurants to environmentally friendly businesses to healthy Black infants.
  • Partnerships help bring about meaningful change in the community. That’s why we prioritize working with people who live, work, and play here.
  • Partnerships are embedded in many of our big-picture strategies. When our strategies center community leadership in decision-making, we foster full and equitable participation and leverage your expertise.

Learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog. And keep an eye on our social media as we celebrate our public health professionals and spotlight important partnerships and priorities.

What’s happening at today’s Board of Health meeting?

At the April 3 regular Board of Health meeting. You’ll:

  • Hear from our new Director of Public Health, Chantell Harmon Reed, during Comments from the Director.
  • Learn more about National Public Health Week in our presentation: Partnership: Public health in Pierce County. You’ll hear about our valuable community partnerships with organizations like:
    • Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    • Acts Pharmacy and Healthcare Services.
    • NAS Cut Landscaping LLC.
    • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

Preview the agenda online. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

Want to join a Health Impact Assessment Advisory Group?

Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) study the beneficial and harmful effects of a planning decision or policy. We use them to create recommendations to increase positive health outcomes and minimize adverse health outcomes.

  • You can serve on an Advisory Group for two upcoming HIAs. What do Advisory Group members do?
    • Contribute valuable insight and perspectives from the community you represent.
    • Ensure the HIA reflects the needs of your community.
    • Have the option to receive compensation for your time ($50 per hour).
    • Spend about 30 hours reviewing and providing feedback on the HIA process and results.
    • Participate in 8 meetings April through December 2024.

Want to learn more or complete an interest form? Check out this webpage.

Learn about natural yard care

Spring is here! Time to get your yard in order. Join us for free webinars about low impact landscape design and maintenance.

  • Natural yard care emphasizes:
    • Proper plant care and lawn management.
    • Wise water and fertilizer use.
    • Proper plant placement.
    • Healthy soil conditions.

Learn more and register on our website. Questions? Email Troy Rowan at

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