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Jan. 17, 2024

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  • Have you seen the new
  • Learn how to stay safe and warm during cold and windy weather.
  • As we honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we also recognized the work ahead.
  • See what topics we will discuss at today’s Board of Health meeting.
  • Find out the latest info from our Executive Recruitment Committee.


Have you seen our new website?

It’s here! Check out our new-and-improved

  • You’ll still find the same content in the same places on our new and improved platform.
  • You’ll notice our marvelous designers freshened up the look using our existing brand guidelines.
  • The Communication Team worked closely with the website vendor, AndiSites, to ensure a smooth transition for our internal and external customers.
  • Our new platform offers things like:
    • A publication library you can filter and sort by language, topic, and more.
    • Upgraded language access capability.
    • More flexibility to design custom solutions to help you better serve your customers online.

Questions? Email us at

Stay safe during cold temperatures and windy weather!

  • Have you and your family stayed safe and warm during the cold and windy weather lately? You can find tips to help at that help with things like how to:
    • Make an emergency plan.
    • Have 2 weeks of supplies ready.
    • Sign up for emergency alerts.
    • Know the hazards where you live.
  • You should also know what to do:
    • During a power outage.
    • In a flood.
    • To prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

Learn more on our emergency preparedness webpage.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizing the work ahead

As we took time earlier this week to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we also recognized the work we have to do in our community and at our Department to advance racial justice and health equity.

  • His life and work remind us that all people—no matter their skin color or cultural heritage—deserve fair opportunities for jobs, housing, education and health.
  • Racism hurts everyone. Dr. King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • In our work, that means everyone should have a fair opportunity to achieve good health.
  • We commit to racial equity and justice and look for policy solutions that improve health and well-being for all.

You can learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog. Questions? Email Cindan Gizzi at

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

You can hear several updates from our staff today, Jan. 17, at our first regular Board of Health meeting of 2024. We’ll share:

  • A look back at work we did in 2023, and how we hope to build on it this year.
  • What level of disease spread we are seeing locally this respiratory illness season, and how we are working to keep our community safe.
  • The most up to date facility recommendations from our partners at Pierce County.

You can see a preview in the agenda packet online. Questions? Email Pat Darden at  

Director of Health recruitment update

Our Board of Health executive recruitment committee is considering 3 candidates for our Director of Public Health Position. You can find more information about our search on our highlighted job webpage.

Questions? Email Jessica Gehle at

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