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June 5, 2024

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  • Juneteenth will bring reflection, holiday closure.
  • Join us in recognizing Pride.
  • Unlock the door to a smokefree life.
  • See what you will learn at today’s Board of Health meeting.


Juneteenth a day of reflection, celebration, and education

Juneteenth marks the date news of freedom reached the last enslaved African Americans in the United States. At the Health Department, we recognize Juneteenth as:

  • A symbol of freedom and a testament to triumph over oppression.
  • A day of reflection, celebration, and education.
  • An opportunity to honor the struggles and achievements of African Americans throughout history.
  • A reminder that the fight for equality is an ongoing battle. One that demands all our commitment to removing racism as a public health crisis.

Our Department will close on June 19 for the holiday. This means we will not have a Board of Health study session in June.

We encourage everyone to spend the day with family and friends in reflection and celebration.

Look for a blog later this month written by members of our Courageous Conversations Affinity Group.

Join us in recognizing Pride!

Across the nation and around the world, all month long, June is Pride Month.

  • In Tacoma, we celebrate Pride in July, allowing folks the chance to take part in festivities in our neighboring communities and celebrate locally.
  • Pride isn’t just about celebration; it’s a time for reflection and recommitment to the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • As we recognize Pride in our community, we are committed to serving the LGBTQIA+ community and helping to lift barriers many face related to healthcare.
  • Often, those barriers can even include a sense of belonging. Mental health disparities for LGBTQIA+ youth vastly improve when their identity is affirmed by family and friends.

You can quit tobacco today!

Last week, we highlighted World No Tobacco Day with a blog on our website.

  • Tobacco is the top risk factor of preventable death and disease in in the United States.
  • The latest county health rankings show 14 percent of Pierce County adults smoke. The state is at 11 percent.
  • You can help us spread the word: If you quit smoking today, you can immediately improve your health and extend your life.

Read more about how to prepare to quit smoking at

Here’s what you will learn at today’s, June 5, Board of Health meeting

The Board of Health will meet today, June 5. You can see a presentation about our work to ensure safe drinking water in our community.

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

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