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Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Celebrates National Public Health Week

April 9, 2012

Since 1995, the first full week of April has been recognized as National Public Health Week (NPHW), and communities across the United States observe NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health. For National Public Health Week 2012, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department shared five stories of the work our employees do in Pierce County to create healthier people in healthier communities.

Monday: Sexually Transmitted Disease Investigation
Shannon shares her work with people infected with Chlamydia, and trying to stop the spread through partner investigation. Read more here.

Tuesday: Substance Abuse Treatment
Jan shares a day in her life helping people get their lives back on track after dealing with substance abuse and addiction. Read more here.

Wednesday: Food Safety and Restaurant Inspections
Kara and Rachel share a story about inspecting local restaurants, finding problems and working to resolve them quickly so it is safe for people to eat out in Pierce County. Read more here.

Thursday: Family Support Partnership
Connie’s story about working with young families to help them build strong relationships and parenting skills. Read more here.

Friday: Communicable Disease Investigation
A day in Jeni’s life, working with people who have been affected by communicable diseases and working to stop their spread. Read more here.


About the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County.  As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. Learn more at



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