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Feb. 7, 2024

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  • Black History is American History.
  • Are you doing all you can to protect your heart?
  • Find out what you will learn at today’s Board of Health meeting.


Join us in celebrating Black History Month!

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

  • At the Health Department we are recognizing this in a few different ways. This month, we celebrate Black history by:
    • Highlighting historical figures each week for staff on our intranet. 
    • Displaying a banner of “I AM 400,” artwork from father and son Jerome and Jeromyah Jones highlighting 69 portraits of Black history makers.
      • If you are in our building during the next few weeks, you’ll see it straight ahead from the main entrance.
    • Sharing a blog about Black history and public health. Look for that soon!

We hope you will join us in recognizing and celebrating Black history in February!

Healthy lifestyle choices help your heart

February is also American Heart Month. It’s a good time to remember that Pierce County residents face high rates of heart disease compared to the rest of Washington.

  • People with diabetes and high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to develop heart disease.
  • Lifestyle changes can help improve your health and decrease your chances of suffering from heart disease:
    • Increase physical activity.
    • Lose weight.
    • Eat healthier food.
    • Quit smoking.
    • Limit alcohol consumption.
    • Get screened for disease.

You can learn more on our website at

Here’s what you’ll learn at today’s Board of Health meeting

You can hear several updates from our staff today, Feb. 7, at our regular Board of Health meeting. We’ll share:

  • Resolutions to update the Environmental Health Code, about our facilities and our immunizations work with MultiCare.
  • An update from Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force and details about this year’s Summit.
  • What we are learning about food insecurity in Pierce County. 

You can preview the meeting in our packet online. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

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