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Nov. 29, 2023

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  • Now is the perfect time to quit smoking.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honors City of Tacoma.
  • Join our training to learn how best to write grants.


Don’t wait any longer. Quit smoking today!

You may have tried to quit smoking. Give it another try! It’s never too late to quit.

  • If you are one of the 100,000 Pierce County residents who smoke, you will immediately improve your health when you stop. You may know:
    • 480,000 people die from tobacco use every year in the U.S.
    • Smoking accounts for 20% of U.S. deaths.
    • Smoking is the top preventable cause of death in the world.
  • You know smoking is not healthy. But quitting is hard. It takes a smoker an average of 6 times trying to quit before they succeed.
  • Nov. 16 was the Great American Smokeout—an annual event to help you quit. It’s a great day to remember it’s never too late to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. And yet, any day is a great day to quit smoking.

Read more in this Your Reliable Source blog.

City of Tacoma wins Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize

The City of Tacoma is one of 9 communities in the U.S. the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) honored recently with one of its 2023 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

  • The Prize celebrates communities where members and organizations collaborate to build solutions to barriers that have created unequal opportunities for health and wellbeing.
  • RWJF specifically mentioned Tacoma’s Equity Index, saying it “allows the city and partners to quantify and map needs and then distribute resources equitably.”

You can read more on RWJF’s website.

Come learn grant writing basics

Want to learn how best to write grants? Join us for trainings Dec. 7. 2023 or Jan. 23, 2024, with Benjii Bittle from the Health Department and Cynthia Ricks-Maccotan from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. You will:  

  • Learn the basics of grant writing.
  • Get questions answered by experts.

The training is free, and everyone is welcome! You can register online with this flyer.

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