Celebrating National Public Health Week

By: Ginny Weir, MPH
Board of Directors, Washington State Public Health Association
Director, Bree Collaborative  

Happy National Public Health Week! Even though we live, work, and breathe public health daily - we have a special focus on celebrating the role of public health this week from April 2nd to 6th. There are events planned in our community and across the country and WSHPA wants to see and hear from you! We are asking you to download and print this Public Health is Essential image and write down why public health is essential to you! Then take a picture – a selfie or as a group - at your work – at your clinic – in your home – eating lunch – at your gym – or in your community and send it to us by Friday, April 6th end of day at [email protected]. Also post your picture on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter and tag us on Twitter at @WAStPubHealth and https://www.facebook.com/WSPHA/

Public health is essential to building a healthier Washington and stands on foundational public health services like chronic disease and injury prevention, maternal and child family health, access to clinical care, environmental public health, vital records, and communicable disease control. This keeps our families and communities safe! More information here.

The Washington State Department of Health will be posting one minute videos of employees talking about their public health work they do every day on the blog here.

www.facebook.com/WADeptHealth | Twitter: @WADeptHealth

The American Public Health Association has events throughout the week including:

  • National public health week forum: Healthiest National 2030 – Changing Our Future Together on Monday, April 2nd from 1-3pm ET (10-12pm PT) featuring U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. RSVP to watch the webcast LIVE.
  • Hosting a Twitter chat on April 4th at 2pm ET (1pm PT) at @NPHW with the official hashtags, #NPHWchat, #HealthiestNation2030, #1BillionSteps.
  • Inviting you to participate in the One Billion Steps Challenge – join here.
www.facebook.com/AmericanPublicHealthAssociation/ | Twitter: @PublicHealth and @NPHW


University of Washington School of Public Health will be hosting an open house Thursday, April 5 from 11-2pm. More information here.

www.facebook.com/uwsph/ | Twitter: @uwsph

Public Health Seattle-King County will be holding Facebook live Q&As with program staff from different divisions including a paramedic, food inspector, gun safety expert, naloxone program lead in jail, STD caseworker, and school-based health worker.

www.facebook.com/KCPubHealth/ | Twitter: @KCPubHealth

Snohomish Health District will be engaging the community through social media.

www.facebook.com/SnohomishHealth/ | Twitter: @SnoHD ‏


Connect to other local health departments here.

Let us know what you and your organizations are doing!

Past blogs

Legislative Education Day: What Comes Next?
By Heather Thomas, MPA, Public & Government Affairs Manager, Snohomish Health District

On February 7, more than 150 public health ambassadors from around the state gathered in Olympia for our annual WSPHA Legislative Education Day. The morning session kicked off with a welcome from WSPHA president David Reyes, followed by remarks from Secretary of Health John Wiesman. Secretary Wiesman shared his perspectives on a variety of public health issues at the state and federal level. Read more

Legislative Education Day
By Anne Burkland, Government Relations Specialist, Public Health Seattle and King County

February 1, 2018

Join public health officials from across the state and have your voice heard at our annual legislative education day on February 7, 2018.Your day will begin with Secretary of Health John Wiesman. You’ll also hear from state lawmakers and your colleagues who are leading the charge for more funding dedicated to public health. You’ll be provided talking points and an opportunity to develop and practice the key messages you want your representatives to hear. Read more


The Opioid Epidemic in Washington
By Ginny Weir, Program Director, Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative

January 1, 2018

The opioid epidemic has impacted every community in Washington State. Across the country, opioid overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. But some counties are hit harder than others and disparities exist between how racial and ethnic groups are burdened with the epidemic. Solutions must be both based in local communities and supported across the state. Our Washington state opioid response plan calls on all of us, state government agencies, local health departments, professional groups, community organizations, health care systems, and others to work together on priority areas. Read more