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December 31, 2014
Health Department Celebrates 40 Years of Safe Drinking Water

Water Resources Program staff available to share the story with community and civic groups TACOMA, WA – This month, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department celebrates the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe...
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December 18, 2014
Victoria Woodards to Chair Board of Health

Rick Talbert Named Vice Chair TACOMA, WA – Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health unanimously elected Tacoma City Council Member and Deputy Mayor Victoria Woodards at its Dec. 17 meeting. Pierce County Councilmember...
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November 26, 2014
Nation mobilized for Ebola, but flu prevention is bigger concern

Vaccinations widely available in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula TACOMA, WA – While the nation’s health system has mobilized to prepare for Ebola, it’s really the flu that remains our greater threat. And in...
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November 25, 2014
Nation mobilized for Ebola, but flu prevention is bigger concern

Free and low-cost flu vaccinations widely available TACOMA, Wash. – While the nation’s health system has mobilized to prepare for Ebola, it’s the flu that remains our greater threat. And throughout Pierce...
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November 18, 2014
2015 Fee Schedule Available

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted its final 2015 Fee Schedule. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health approved the fee schedule at its...
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November 13, 2014
Enroll for Affordable Health Care beginning Nov. 15

Local, in-person help available at Pierce County locations TACOMA, Wash. – Open enrollment for qualified health insurance plans starts this Saturday, Nov. 15, through the Washington Healthplanfinder, Washington State’s online health insurance marketplace...
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November 12, 2014
Health Department concludes monitoring of person who traveled from West African country

Low risk case is healthy, symptom free TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has concluded the 21-day monitoring period of a traveler who returned from an Ebola-impacted West African country late last month...
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November 5, 2014
Health Department wins top award for quality, cost-effectiveness

Clean Air for Kids asthma-management program named best in Washington TACOMA, Wash. – Clean Air for Kids recently won the state’s highest honor for cost-effective and quality health care services. Since the...
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October 23, 2014
Health Department monitoring person who traveled from West African country

Following CDC guidelines for 21-day period for low risk exposure TACOMA, WA – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received word from Centers for Disease Control via Washington State Department of Health yesterday...
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October 17, 2014
Health Department launches Ebola information web page

Resources for public, healthcare providers, in one place TACOMA, Wash. – Get the fact about Ebola. Tacoma-Pierce County has launched a web page: to share information about preparedness efforts regarding Ebola.The web page...
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October 3, 2014
2015 Proposed Fee Schedule

TPCHD seeks public comment on 2015 proposed fee schedule October 3, 2014 TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the 2015 Proposed Fee Schedule for public review. The fee...
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October 2, 2014
Fall Family Garden Festival and Tree Sale

Celebrate the season at Oct. 4 free event TACOMA, Wash. – Welcome the change of seasons at the Fall Family Garden Festival and Tree Sale this Saturday. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...
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September 30, 2014
Pierce County Child Confirmed with Enterovirus EV D68

Take steps to avoid respiratory illnesses TACOMA, Wash. – A Pierce County child hospitalized earlier this month with severe asthma symptoms tested positive for the Enterovirus (EV) D68 virus. The child has since recovered...
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September 29, 2014
Health Department to test plans for mass medication dispensing

Regional emergency response exercise to help improve planning TACOMA, Wash. – A rapid response to dangerous diseases—natural epidemics or following a terrorist release of anthrax or other biological agents—can make the difference between...
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August 7, 2014
DiBiase tapped to lead Environmental Health at Health Department

Collaborative leadership, eliminating barriers are focus TACOMA, Wash. – Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH, director of health, has named Frank DiBiase as the new director of the Environmental Health Division of Tacoma-Pierce County...
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August 6, 2014
Board of Health votes to co-locate Health Department in Pierce County Administrative Building

TACOMA, Wash. – At its Aug. 6 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health voted to co-locate the Health Department with Pierce County in the County’s proposed administration building to be constructed on Pacific Avenue...
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July 9, 2014
Second measles case confirmed in Pierce County today

Person infected with measles visited local grocery store, Tacoma General Emergency Department TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation today of Pierce County’s second case of measles. The infected person visited...
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July 2, 2014
Board of Health approves 2015 budget

Health Department not facing big cuts going into next year TACOMA, Wash. – At its July 2 meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Board of Health approved a 2015 budget of $30.5 million, down...
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June 27, 2014
Pierce County sees first measles case in six years

Vaccination is critical in preventing spread of measles among loved ones, community TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received confirmation yesterday of Pierce County’s first case of measles in at least six years...
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June 26, 2014
Measles outbreak in south King, Pierce Counties

Health officials urge public to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date Local public health officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of measles among members of the same extended family in south King County, and...
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April 29, 2014
Face your septic system inspection fears

Health Department now offers an affordable loan program for repairs, upgrades of failing systems TACOMA, Wash. – If you own one of the 110,000 on-site septic systems serving homes or business in Pierce County...
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April 18, 2014
Pierce County CHIP partners identify health priorities

Health improvements depend on collaborative, prevention-focused efforts TACOMA, Wash. – Pierce County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) partners have identified the two top health priorities for the county as mental health, acknowledging a substance...
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April 2, 2014
Maternal & Child Health Risk Talk at UWT Wednesday

Why Should We Care About Healthy Mothers and Children? National Public Health Week Event at UW Tacoma TACOMA, WASH. — On Wednesday, April 9, University...
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March 26, 2014
Pierce County remains near bottom third among Washington’s County Health Rankings

Continued community collaboration needed to improve health of residents TACOMA, Wash. – In the 2014 County Health Rankings, Pierce County ranked near the bottom third on overall health—25 out of 39—compared with other...
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February 5, 2014
Top five Pierce County health issues unveiled

Partners in Pierce County CHIP take major step in health planning effort today TACOMA, Wash. - What are Pierce County\'s top five health issues? According to the just unveiled Pierce County Community Health Assessment...
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January 23, 2014
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department implements $626,000 budget cut

Contract end forces closure of four Family Support Centers TACOMA, Wash. - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has $626,000 less in funding for its Family Support services programs this year. Now, it...
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January 14, 2014
Health Department receives first report of flu-related death this flu season

Get a flu shot now to protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, Wash. - A Pierce County woman in her 50s has died in a local hospital because of the...
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January 9, 2014
Free flu shots for children this Saturday

Protect your loved ones, community against illness TACOMA, Wash. - Protect your family and loved ones against the flu. Children and youth can get a free flu vaccination this Saturday, Jan. 11...
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