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Nov. 8, 2023

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  • Rural Pierce County residents are getting more resources to prepare for wildfires.
  • Are you and your family ready for respiratory illness season?
  • Join us for our teen Mental Health First Aid Winter Summit!
  • Make sure you have the latest Board of Health meeting info on your calendar. 


More wildfire support for rural Pierce County residents

Rural residents on the Key Peninsula and in East Pierce County will soon have more resources to prepare for wildfires thanks to a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

  • EPA awarded the money to us for a 3-year period. It will help build community capacity to protect against wildfires, wildfire smoke, and the health effects associated with both.
  • Funding will support the community-led Wildfire Preparedness Initiative, where community residents will work together to sustain community resilience.
  • We will work with Pierce Conservation District and community partners. They’ll deliver outreach and education and develop relationships to form coalitions in 3 underserved, rural communities on the Key Peninsula and in East Pierce County.

Learn more in this release. Questions? Email Cindy Haverkamp at

Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 are circulating. Are you prepared?

Every fall and winter we see flu activity. Last year, we saw a sharp increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among kids and older adults. Add with COVID-19, we all need to take precautions—especially those who are most vulnerable.

  • These respiratory illnesses can cause:
    • Cough.
    • Fever.
    • Sore throat.
    • Body aches.
  • For all 3 diseases, you’re at higher risk to get very sick if you’re:
    • Over age 65.
    • Pregnant.
    • Living with a health condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.

The good news is, we know what works best to protect against respiratory illness. Learn more in this Your Reliable Source blog.

Join us for our first teen Mental Health First Aid Summit!

Want to learn what’s happening to support the mental well-being of our teens in Pierce County? Join us Nov. 29, 2023, from 3-6 p.m. for our first teen Mental Health First Aid Summit. You’ll:

  • Hear valuable insights from our instructor ambassadors and student leaders about the Pierce County teen Mental Health First Aid program.
  • Participate in a collaborative workshop session.
  • Learn how you can advance this program in Pierce County high schools.
  • Recognize the school districts leading the way in implementing this program in our community.

Support teen mental health in our community! Register here by Nov. 22. Questions? Email Courtney Chandler  

Make sure your Board of Health calendar is up to date!

We have a couple special meetings coming up in December.

  • Our Board of Health retreat is 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. We will focus on strategic planning.
  • We are also swapping our regular meeting and study session dates in December, so our regular meeting will be Dec. 20.

Please RSVP to Board of Health clerk Pat Darden for both meetings.

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