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Jan. 31, 2024

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  • Find out what you will learn at next week’s Board of Health meeting.
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department moves closer to getting a new Director of Public Health.
  • Are you and your family vaccinated against measles?


Here’s what you’ll learn at next week’s Feb. 7 Board of Health meeting

You can hear several updates from our staff next Wednesday, Feb. 7, at our regular Board of Health meeting. We’ll share:

  • Resolutions to update the Environmental Health Code, about our facilities and our immunizations work with MultiCare.
  • An update from Tacoma-Pierce County Opioid Task Force and details about this year’s Summit.
  • What we are learning about food insecurity in Pierce County.  

Look for our agenda later this week. Questions? Email Pat Darden at

Director of Public Health recruitment update

Three finalists for the Director of Public Health position answered questions for our staff and a group of community partners on Jan. 18.

  • On Jan. 31, the Board of Health recruitment committee will share feedback with the Board of Health in a closed executive session.
  • Next, Board Chair Catherine Ushka will refer the finalist names to Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, who will appoint the Director.
  • After they decide, the County Council and City Council must confirm the appointment as outlined in the interlocal agreement governing the Health Department.

Learn more in this release. Questions? Email Jessica Gehle at

Vaccine is your best protection from measles

Make sure you and your family are protected against measles! State and local health officials are investigating 3 cases in Southwest Washington.

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is very effective against measles. About 95% of people get protection after a single dose. Two doses protect 99% of people.

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