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Oct. 18, 2023

Key messages

  • WSPHA honors Director of Health Emeritus Dr. Anthony Chen for a lifetime of public service.
  • Getting sick is never fun. Make sure you are doing all you can to protect you and your family.
  • Learn about our work to help families and 2024 fee updates at our Board of Health study session.
  • Our push to educate the community about COVID-19 vaccines honored with digital award.


Washington State Public Health Association honors Dr. Anthony Chen

At its annual conference last week, Oct. 10-12, Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) honored our Director of Health Emeritus Dr. Anthony L-T Chen with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Interim Director of Health, Cindan Gizzi, accepted the award for Dr. Chen, who was out of the country at the time.
  • Dr. Chen served as our Director of Health and Health Officer for more than 14 years before retiring in July. He continues to fill Health Officer duties on a contract basis.
  • He’s earned praise through the years for his work as an effective community convener and his ability to build strong partnerships with local health systems, the healthcare community, education, and many community organizations.
  • WSPHA doesn’t always give out this award, but its board members felt Dr. Chen’s reputation and career in public health deserved the recognition.

Protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness!

It’s that time of year when families bring home sniffles and coughs from daycare, school, and work. Are you and your family ready for respiratory illness season?

  • We see seasonal flu activity every year in fall and winter.
  • Last year, we saw a sharp increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) among kids and older adults.
  • Add in COVID-19, and it could be a dangerous time for all of us—especially those who are most vulnerable.
  • Even if you avoid severe illness, getting sick feels crummy and disrupts your busy life.
  • When you protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness, you help those around you, too. Everyone in our community has a better chance to be healthy!

Learn more about what to look out for and how to protect yourself in this Your Reliable Source blog.

Healthy families, resilient youth, and 2024 fees on Board of Health agenda

At our Board of Health study session today, Oct. 17, you can see 3 presentations that focus on our work with kids and families and how we will continue to support that work and more moving forward.

  • You’ll hear about:
    • How our Family Support Partnership program connects parents and families with valuable resources to help make a difference in their lives.
    • The process we are using to determine how best to update our fees for next year and who we are consulting about the changes.
    • An update on our Health Resilient Children & Youth Strategic initiative, including what we’ve done and what’s next.

You can see the agenda and preview the presentations in our packet online.

Communication Team wins North America-wide Digital Government Award

Our Communication Team is celebrating an award for its work on the COVID-19 vaccine campaign! The Digital Government Awards announced we won first place in the Trust and Transparency category. Watch our video to learn more about the campaign.

This competition is a big deal! Federal, state, and local agencies across North America applied for awards in seven categories. Other winners include:

  • Website of the Year: Gainesville, Fla.
  • Community Engagement (local): Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Community Engagement: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
  • Customer Experience: New York State Department of Labor.
  • Changemaker: Burlington, Ontario.
  • Digital Transformation: Ontario Energy Board.
  • Operational Excellence: Oakville, Ontario.

Congratulations to our friends at Washington State Department of Health, who took second place in Digital Transformation and runner-up for Website of the Year.

We were particularly humbled to see the winners and runners-up in each category. Agencies from the National Parks Service to the Secret Service to the FDA are represented.

Strong partnership and diligent communication planning across the Department help protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. It can also lead to some (beyond) national recognition for our agency!

Questions? Contact Communications & Community Relations Director Edie Jeffers.

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