Press Release
Public Health

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National Public Health Week

Kittitas County, WA - 04/02/2018 - The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners proclaim National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 2-6, 2018, and recognize it as a time to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. NPHW focuses its efforts on a different theme each year, with this year’s focus being the generation of public health.

Kittitas County has recognized National Public Health Week through a formal resolution signed on March 15, 2018, which states that the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners proclaim the week of April 2-6, 2018 as National Public Health Week, and urge all residents to recognize its significance, and its mission to be “Generation Public Health” in order to become a healthier and happier United States by 2030.
 
KCPHD Administrator Robin Read affirms “National Public Health Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of public health efforts in communities as well as encourage everyone to do their part in making our communities healthier.”
 
The American Public Health Association (APHA) acknowledges “…where we live, work, worship and play impacts each of us and can determine our health and how long we live.” Each day of the week focuses on one public health topic that is crucial to future actions to create the healthiest nation. These topics include: Behavioral Health, Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Injury and Violence Prevention and Ensuring the Right to Health. For more information on the topics or the APHA, please follow the link: http://www.nphw.org/nphw-2018
 
KCPHD continues its mission to prevent the spread of disease, promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, as well as support public health systems. In alignment with the daily topics of NPHW 2018, below are services and programs offered by the KCPHD that fall under each category.

  • Behavioral Health: Community Health Assessment and Improvement Planning (CHA-CHIP), Never Share Syringe Exchange Program
  • Communicable Disease: By law, KCPHD is required to investigate conditions such as E. coli, measles, rabies, tuberculosis and more.
  • Environmental Health: Kittitas County Particulate Matter Advance Program: Encourages the community to be proactive in taking steps to improve air quality. For more information, follow:
https://co.kittitas.wa.us/uploads/documents/health/environmental-health/air-quality/Kittitas-County-PM-Advance-Path-Forward-Plan_03_29_2017.pdf
  • Injury and Violence Prevention: The Safe Kids program provides free car seat safety checks and installation education for anyone who wishes to ensure the safety of their child.
  • Ensuring the Right to Health: KCPHD provides information for those interested in Washington State Apple Health Medicaid Coverage and can help with general questions and determining eligibility.
 
For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.  To learn more about public health efforts in your community, visit www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health or stop by the health department Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm 509-962-7515.
 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515