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Feb. 28, 2024

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  • It’s official: Chantell Harmon Reed confirmed as Director of Public Health.
  • Learn about the work of Fannie Lou Hamer and what we are doing to carry on her legacy.
  • Find out what you will learn at next week’s Board of Health meeting.


Chantell Harmon Reed

Chantell Harmon Reed confirmed as Director of Public Health

It’s official! Pierce County and Tacoma City councils confirmed the appointment of Chantell Harmon Reed as our Director of Public Health on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

  • Reed was most recently the deputy director of the Public Health Division for the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon where she focused on COVID-19 recovery efforts, infrastructure improvement, and achieving accreditation for the health department.
  • Before joining Multnomah County, she was the deputy director for the New Orleans Health Department.
  • She will begin her new role March 18.

You can read more about Reed in this release.

Fannie Lou Hamer fought for Black reproductive rights. We continue that work today.

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate Black culture and Black achievement. Black history is American history.

  • This month, we highlight Black civil rights leader and community activist Fannie Lou Hamer. She not only fought for our civil rights. She fought for our medical rights.
  • Our mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. We look to a leader like Fannie Lou Hamer as a beacon. We strive to reflect her values and build on her work.

You can learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog.

Here’s what you’ll learn at next week’s, March 6, Board of Health meeting

You can hear an update next week, March 6, at our Board of Health meeting on new funding and work around youth firearm violence prevention.

You can preview the meeting when our agenda is online later this week. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

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