Posts for 'Human Services and Health'

COUNCILMEMBER CONLIN RECEIVES AWARD FOR DEVELOPING SECURE MEDICINE RETURN PROGRAM

October 22nd, 2013

On Monday, October 21, 2013, Councilmember Richard Conlin was honored as one of the four members of the King County Board of Health Subcommittee on Secure Medicine Return receiving the Washington State Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Award in the Local Government category. The honor was conferred for their bold action in designing the second mandatory collection […]

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SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE NOW!

October 3rd, 2013

The Affordable Care Act is here, and it is time to start the sign up process! We’re ready to help you find a health plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. Residents of Seattle can get help enrolling at a free event: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m. Garfield Community Center 2323 E. Cherry […]

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DRUG AND MEDICINE PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM APPROVED

June 21st, 2013

On Thursday, June 20, the King County Board of Health unanimously approved a Rule and Regulation establishing an industry-funded product stewardship model for managing unwanted and surplus drugs and medicines in King County. King County will become the second County in the nation (following Alameda County, California) to adopt such a program; British Columbia has […]

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DUWAMISH SUPERFUND: CITY COMMITMENTS ON CLEANUP AND HEALTH IMPACTS

June 13th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 12, Mayor McGinn and eight Councilmembers sent a letter to the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) expressing our support for the DRCC’s work to engage the community and ensure that our Superfund cleanup investments result in a cleaner and safer river for all. The letter acknowledged that the EPA proposed cleanup could […]

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SEATTLE SIGNS UP FOR HEALTH CARE

May 21st, 2013

On Monday, May 13, the Seattle City Council adopted a resolution enlisting City departments to develop outreach strategies to educate and inform the public about new healthcare coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA is the national health insurance legislation approved by Congress in 2010, which goes into full effect in […]

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SUSTAINABILITY TRAILBLAZER AND HUNGER FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

April 9th, 2013

Recently I had the honor of receiving two awards from organizations that have long histories of thoughtful and careful work in their respective fields. In late March I was named as a “Sustainability Trailblazer” by the Seattle-based Sustainable Path Foundation. On April 5 I was given the “Hunger Fighter” award for 2013 by the Seattle […]

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HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

January 24th, 2013

On January 1, 2014, the people of King County will benefit from the most significant advance in health care since the implementation of Medicare in 1965, when the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform legislation approved by Congress in 2010) goes into effect. On that date, most people in King County will be required […]

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GLOBAL TO LOCAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

September 13th, 2012

Public Health – Seattle & King County, Swedish Health Services, HealthPoint Community Health Clinics, and the Washington Global Health Alliance have partnered with the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila to create an innovative approach to addressing health disparities.  This project is another step towards reforming the US health care system to focus on the health […]

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TAKING THE LEAD ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

July 18th, 2012

With the Supreme Court having upheld most of the Affordable Care Act and ruled that it is constitutional, implementation plans, which have already been in process, are moving into high gear in Seattle and King County.  There will be an immense number of changes in the health care system between now and 2014, when the […]

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PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS AGAINST OBESITY

April 24th, 2012

Obesity continues to be a major public health challenge.  Too many Americans are overweight enough that their health is suffering, with diseases like diabetes rising dramatically.  In Seattle 50% of adults and 22% of youth are overweight or obese. The problem is that healthy food is often expensive and not widely available, while unhealthy food […]

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