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Have your say at community health priority workshops

January 4, 2013

TACOMA, WA - Pierce County residents can weigh in on community health concerns such as mental health, diabetes, health equity and health care reform at three workshops this month.

Workshop organizers, which include Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System, will incorporate the community’s input regarding health needs and priorities for Pierce County into a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The remaining workshops are:

  • Jan. 9, 5-6:30 p.m., Pierce County Library, Bonney Lake branch, 18501 90th St. E
  • Jan. 10, 5-6:30 p.m., Pierce County Library, Gig Harbor branch, 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW
  • Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.

Healthy snacks will be available to workshop participants.

The health prioritization process has also included stakeholder meetings with community leaders and community surveys as well as additional community workshops.

Once complete, the CHIP will include specific action steps on behalf of organizations from across the county to employ their resources, specific mission and particular focus to address the health needs of the county. Non-profit organizations, public agencies, businesses and other entities will be able to use the plan to focus their attention and resources on the most critical community health issues in our county.

For more information about CHIP and the role you or your organization can play, contact Karen Meyer at (253) 798-4581 or

Edie Jeffers, Communications Manager, (253) 798-2853,
Karen Meyer, Community Liaison, (253) 798-4581,

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: 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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