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December 19, 2013
Cross septic system maintenance off of this year’s ‘to do’ list

Health Department incentive program helps you save money, protect environment TACOMA, WA - It\'s one of those maintenance issues that typically falls to the bottom of the \"to do\" list. But getting your septic...
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December 12, 2013
This holiday season: Spread cheer, not the flu

Get a flu shot now to protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, WA - Holiday gatherings are a great time to socialize with family and friends, but make sure you\'re...
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December 10, 2013
Health Department offers free services for asthma sufferers

Clean Air for Kids available to Pierce County children TACOMA, Wash. - Do you suffer from asthma or know someone who does? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department can help. Asthma is...
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December 6, 2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department faces contract change

Change in state program to impact Family Support Center services TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facing another funding reduction that will impact services to some of Pierce County\'s...
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December 5, 2013
Enroll for health insurance at ‘Super Saturday’ Dec. 14

In-Person Assisters at 13 community organizations will answer questions, help you get insurance TACOMA, Wash. - Want insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014? Then come to “Super Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 4...
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November 19, 2013
Great food is safe food

Health Department reminds you to work with a licensed caterer for your holiday event TACOMA, Wash. - What are the holidays without great food? But truly great food also must be...
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October 29, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder Mobile Enrollment Tour Visits Tacoma

Enrollment Event Allows Washingtonians to Ask Questions about New Health Plans and Sign Up for Coverage WHO: Bethany Frey, Senior Communications Specialist, Washington Health Benefit Exchange...
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October 15, 2013
Health Department offers ‘Flu Fighter’ school vaccine clinics

TACOMA, Wash. - Is your child ready to fight the flu? The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual influenza immunization. But only about 49 percent of children...
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October 11, 2013
TPCHD seeks public comment on 2014 proposed fee schedule

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the Proposed 2014 Fee Schedule for public review here. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. The Department will accept...
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September 19, 2013
Family Support Services Task Force Welcomes Public Comment

The Family Support Services Task Force invites the public to comment at its regularly scheduled meetings. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health established the task force to make recommendations to the Board of Health...
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September 19, 2013
Paralytic Shellfish Poison at lethal levels in Carr Inlet

TACOMA, Wash. - Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxins have increased to lethal levels in shellfish samples collected from Carr Inlet in Pierce County. As a result, Washington State Department of Health has closed many Pierce...
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September 3, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder Opens Customer Support Program for New Health Plan Options

TACOMA, Wash. - Earlier today, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange unveiled details of its Customer Support Program for Washington Healthplanfinder - the new way for Washingtonians to find, compare and enroll in health insurance starting...
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August 16, 2013
NALBOH taps health department’s Jinkins as legislator of the year

TACOMA, WA - The National Association of Local Boards of Health named Rep. Laurie Jinkins as one of its two legislators of the year at an award ceremony in Salt Lake City last night...
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August 16, 2013
Health Department reopens beach at Dash Point Park

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recently reopened the beach at Dash Point Park as bacteria counts have dropped to a safe level. Although samples showed lower bacteria counts yesterday, health officials...
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August 14, 2013
High bacteria forces beach closure at Dash Point Park

TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department closed the beach at Dash Point Park earlier today because of high Entrococcus bacteria counts. The popular Northeast Tacoma location is part of the Metro Parks Tacoma system...
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July 15, 2013
Family Support Task Force Recruitment

Funding shortfalls have required Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to closely examine the funding for, effectiveness and placement of multiple programs, including family support services. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is seeking curious, critical thinkers to...
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July 3, 2013
Board of Health to vote on 2014 budget—and will face more cuts

TACOMA, WA - At its July 3 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health will consider adopting a 2014 budget that implements an additional $1.67 million in reductions to the Department\'s bottom line...
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June 5, 2013
Washington Health Benefit Exchange selects Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for Customer Support Program

Tacoma, Wash. - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the selection of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to help Pierce County residents find, compare and enroll in health insurance programs. The in-person assistance effort is...
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June 4, 2013
Health Department works to increase immunization rate among children

TACOMA, Wash. - Vaccination rates for Pierce County school children are improving, according to state-wide school immunization data Washington State Department of Health released May 30. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has been hard...
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May 3, 2013
It’s Hepatitis C Awareness Month: Know your risk factors

TACOMA, Wash. - May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Departments encourages you to check your risk factors for this disease. Those risk factors now include simply being a baby...
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May 1, 2013
Join your neighbors to talk about ‘Living Well in Pierce County’

TACOMA, Wash. - Want to learn how health, the environment and the economy are linked? Join your neighbors to share your ideas to improve the health and quality of life in Pierce County at a...
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April 22, 2013
National Infant Immunization Week: Protect your children against preventable diseases

TACOMA, WA - This week is National Infant Immunization Week, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants parents to understand the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. “Vaccination plays a critical role in protecting...
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April 18, 2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health votes on budget reduction

TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health voted Wednesday on a budget amendment that will implement a $1.6 million budget reduction to the Department’s 2013 budget. The cut is the...
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April 17, 2013
Title XIX Medicaid Administrative Match funding formula impacts

TACOMA, WA - The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Board of Health is expected to vote today on a budget amendment that would implement a $1.6 million budget reduction to the Department’s 2013 budget. The...
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March 20, 2013
National Nutrition Month highlights Pierce County’s food challenges

2013 County Health Rankings show need for better access TACOMA, Wash.  -  During National Nutrition Month this March - and every month - access to healthy foods remains a challenge for Pierce County...
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March 14, 2013
Federal cuts threaten program closures, staff reductions at health department

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is facing a budget cut of more than $1.6 million because of Title XIX Medicaid Administrative Match federal funding formula changes. The federal funding reimburses the Department for...
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January 18, 2013
Protect yourself, loved ones: Free flu vaccine clinic Wednesday

TACOMA, WA - In its continuing response to the level of flu circulating in the community, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will host a second free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30-7 p.m...
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January 17, 2013
Smoke-Free Housing Pierce County reports 2012 successes

Tacoma, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has 122 reasons to celebrate the year anniversary of its Smoke-Free Housing Pierce County program. Thea’s Landing was the 122nd property to join the Department’s registry that offers...
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January 14, 2013
Health officials say: ‘It’s not too late to get the flu shot’

TACOMA, WA - The Puget Sound area, the state and nation are seeing the earliest arrival of flu season since 2003. The number of people coming down with the flu continues to rise and two...
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January 11, 2013
Plan on eating in Tacoma Mall area? Call first

TACOMA, Wash. - Because of a water main break on South Tacoma Way in the Nalley Valley area, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised restaurants to close if they observe sediment in their water. Sediment...
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January 4, 2013
Have your say at community health priority workshops

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...
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