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Feb. 21, 2024

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  • After nationwide search, Pierce County Executive and Tacoma Mayor appoint our new Director of Public Health.
  • Find out which agencies we honored last week with Healthy Communities Awards.
  • Preview what you can learn at this week’s Board of Health study session.


Chantell Harmon Reed to be Director of Public Health

Chantell Harmon Reed, a doctoral candidate in public health at Tulane University, will become the director of public health at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, pending confirmation by the City and County councils on Feb. 27.

  •  Reed will begin her new role on March 18.
  • She was most recently the deputy director of the Public Health Division for the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon.
  • One of Reed’s first job responsibilities will be to complete the final steps to select the next Health Officer for the Health Department.

You can read more in this release.

We all benefit from healthy communities!

The 2023 Healthy Communities Awards recognize comprehensive plans and other community design efforts that will improve the health of residents.

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recognizes 3 recipients that showed leadership to improve community health outcomes:
    • Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
    • City of Tacoma.
    • Pierce County.
  • We honored these agencies virtually Feb. 15 at the Pierce County Regional Committee General Assembly.
  • Each recipient’s plan addresses social, economic, and environmental factors that make people healthy.

You can read more in this release.

Here’s what you’ll learn at this week’s Board of Health study session

You can hear a couple updates from our staff this week, Feb. 21, at our Board of Health study session. We’ll share:

  • A presentation on our 2023 budget amendment to prepare you for a resolution in March.
  • An update on our Meds First treatment program. 

You can find a preview in our agenda online. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

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