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June 26, 2024

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  • Do you know about Ms. Opal Lee, Grandmother of Juneteenth? 
  • The Health Department is closed June 27 for a staff retreat. 
  • Find out what you will see at our next Board of Health meeting. 


Ms. Opal Lee, Grandmother of Juneteenth 

Many of us know why we celebrate Juneteenth. But do you know the grandmother of Juneteenth—Ms. Opal Lee? 

  • Ms. Opal Lee’s life personifies the ideologies of Juneteenth. 
  • Juneteenth celebrates progress while recognizing ongoing struggles. 
  • Juneteenth calls us all to action to ensure racial justice and equity are available to all. 

Learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog

Health Department will close June 27 for staff retreat 

We will close our building at 3629 S. D St. in Tacoma this Thursday, June 27, for a staff retreat. You can find many of our services online. 

Read more in this release

What you’ll learn next week at the July 3 Board of Health meeting 

The Board of Health will meet July 3. You can see a presentation about avian influenza, also known as bird flu. 

Find the agenda on our webpage later this week. Questions? Email Pat Darden at  

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