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December 15, 2015
New Year: No vaping in public places

New E-cigarette, vaping limitations go into effect Jan. 1; retail permits required March 30 Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department enhances its e-cigarette regulation to prevent youth use and protect the public from second hand exposure...
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December 7, 2015
Experts gather to discuss ways to increase access to cessation tools

Improving access to smoking cessation resources is the focus of this year’s Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County Summit. It’s the next big challenge in state and local work to fight the leading cause of preventable...
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November 19, 2015
Talking helps prevent youth alcohol use

When parents Keep Talking, they help teens make smart and sober choices Research shows that ‘not everyone is doing it,’ and that the majority of Pierce County households have clear rules about alcohol use...
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November 18, 2015
Tacoma-Pierce Board of Health passes e-cigarette regulations

Youth possession now illegal, child-resistant packaging for e-juice necessary, permits required to sell In time for 10-year anniversary of state Smoking in Public Places law, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department joins local health jurisdictions in...
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November 5, 2015
Pierce County residents can get insurance help here in the 253

Local Navigators help customers enroll in health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder Online or phone insurance shopping not for you? The Health Department connects residents with people who can sort through insurance options and answer...
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November 4, 2015
Tacoma-Pierce Board of Health to vote on e-cigarettes

Public has final opportunity to comment on proposed changes at Nov. 18 meeting New countywide rules would prohibit those under 18 from possessing e-cigarettes and vaping products, require retail permits to sell, and child...
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November 2, 2015
Six community organizations to get neighbors moving

‘Walkability’ grant recipients to pinpoint barriers to walking in our communities, make improvement plans When more people get moving, rates of preventable, chronic disease goes down. But sometimes lack of safe access to walking...
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October 27, 2015
Cooley wins Lifetime Achievement Award for Tuberculosis work

State Department of Health recognizes public health nurses’ commitment, contributions 40-year nursing veteran has ensured treatment for 495 Tuberculosis patients in 20 years, protecting Pierce County residents from Tuberculosis exposure since 1996. TACOMA...
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October 21, 2015
Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu

Learn, get resources to stay flu free in the 253 It\'s more than a bad cold. Protect yourself, your loved ones and those around you. Get your flu shot today. Learn more about how...
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October 8, 2015
Health Department seeks public comment on 2016 proposed fee schedule

TACOMA, Wash. -- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted the 2016 Proposed Fee Schedule for public review. The fee schedule outlines all fees for services the Health Department provides. The Department will accept comments at...
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September 24, 2015
Oct. 2 Symposium Tells ‘What’s Trending in Oral Health’

Health specialists, educators, public invited; continuing education credit available TACOMA, Wash. – Good oral health helps people maintain good general health and quality of life — but in Pierce County, our oral health needs...
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September 21, 2015
Learn to Grow Through Fall at Family Garden Festival and Tree Sale

Free event Oct. 10 at WSU facility in Puyallup offers tips, projects, kid-friendly fun TACOMA, Wash. – Learn how gardening can continue into the colder months at the Fall Family Garden Festival and Tree...
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September 18, 2015
Health Department releases proposed e-cigarette regulations

Changes would prohibit vaping in public places and under 18 possession, require retail permits TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has released proposed e-cigarette regulations. Residents can share their thoughts on the possible...
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September 10, 2015
SepticSmart Week Emphasizes Home and Environmental Protection

Third annual event Sept. 21-25 highlights regular maintenance, safety education and financial assistance TACOMA, Wash. — When you have your septic system inspected and maintained regularly, and follow safety guidelines, you protect your family, your...
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September 10, 2015
Learn the Difference Between Septic Inspections and Tank Pumping

Oct. 20 Workshop in Vaughn includes information, discounts and raffle TACOMA, Wash. — Key Peninsula residents can learn more about their septic systems at “Septic System Care Begins with You,” a free workshop on...
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September 9, 2015
Health Department will take comments on proposed e-cigarette rules

Youth use prevention, consistency with local Smoking in Public Places regulations under consideration TACOMA, Wash. – Have something to say about e-cigarettes and vaping? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants to hear from you at...
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September 1, 2015
September is Food Safety Month

Food safety practices contribute to Pierce County’s low level of foodborne illness outbreaks Unsafe food leads to more than 200 types of diseases. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department works with local food vendors to promote...
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August 10, 2015
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Update your family’s shots now before school-time rush TACOMA, Wash. – Getting your family ready for the school year? Updating immunizations should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, right up...
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July 31, 2015
Mall-Area Residents Sought for Neighborhood Livability Conversations

Health Department working with City of Tacoma to hear community’s input on neighborhood planning   TACOMA, Wash. – On Aug. 4 and 6, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will host community conversations to...
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July 23, 2015
‘Think Again, Pierce County’ about health effects of e-cigarettes

Health Department launches educational campaign to share facts, gather input on possible regulations TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants you to “Think Again, Pierce County,” when it comes to e-cigarettes and vaping...
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July 22, 2015
Wildfires and Stagnant Air Bring Air Quality Complaints

Those with asthma, heart or lung disease, children, elderly and pregnant women are most at risk TACOMA, Wash. – Recent wildfires in and around Pierce County and stagnant air conditions have negatively...
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July 21, 2015
Affordable septic repair keeps Pierce County waterways healthy

Financing to ease property owners’ burdens tops $1.5 million in recent years TACOMA, Wash. — Failing septic systems once posed a great threat to water quality in Pierce County, but a variety...
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July 1, 2015
Tacoma Team Selected for Community Research Program

Health Department, UWT team to focus on partnership-based solutions to racial, ethnic health inequities TACOMA, Wash. – The Detroit Urban Research Center has selected two Tacoma health professionals to join its new, Community-Based Participatory...
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June 18, 2015
Possible state shutdown puts local public health at risk

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department develops contingency plans for reduced funding TACOMA, Wash. – What happens when our politicians in Olympia can’t reach a compromise on a budget? The trickle down in lost...
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June 17, 2015
Health Department Teed Up for U.S. Open

Food and water safety, emergency preparedness are top priorities TACOMA, Wash. – With the U.S. Open in town this week, it’s as if the entire population of the city of Tacoma and...
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June 3, 2015
Medical Reserve Corps Receives UW Tacoma Community Partner Award

Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program recognizes “exceptional support to our students” TACOMA, Wash. – The University of Washington Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program has recognized Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps with...
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May 28, 2015
Health Department Seeks Input on Proposed LRI Landfill Permit Change

Public comment accepted through June 30 TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has received an application to modify the solid waste permit for the LRI Landfill near Graham. The Health Department...
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May 21, 2015
Septic System Care Begins with Property Owners

Regular system maintenance ensures personal safety and environmental health TACOMA, Wash. — Property owners can help keep their families or tenants safe — and the environment healthy — when they practice regular...
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May 7, 2015
Health Department Receives WellCity Award

Employees’ healthy behavior brings recognition, $54,000 reduction in estimated medical premium cost for 2016 TACOMA, Wash. – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust has named Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department...
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April 28, 2015
Incentives Available for Key Peninsula Septic Maintenance

Health Department helps residents save money and protect area’s water quality with proper system care TACOMA, Wash. – On the Key Peninsula, septic system maintenance and water quality are closely linked. Tacoma-Pierce...
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April 28, 2015
Much of e-cigarette buzz is based on misinformation

Youth use increasing dramatically TACOMA, Wash. – Although the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department encourages consumers to proceed with caution. Much about the relatively new technology...
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March 25, 2015
Free workshops on raised-bed gardening and soil testing March 28

Spring Family Healthy Garden Fest at McLendon Hardware in North Tacoma to include Health Department staff TACOMA, Wash. – Want to learn how to raise vegetables safely, even though your yard could...
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March 25, 2015
National Public Health Week is April 6-12

Community partners can attend Public Health 101 on April 8 TACOMA, Wash. – Just what is public health? It means drinking clean water, breathing clean air, living free of diseases and...
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March 25, 2015
Pierce County improves in 2015 county health rankings

Nearing middle at 21 out of 39 counties, but significant work ahead to improve health for all TACOMA, Wash. – Pierce County saw an improvement in its 2015 County Health Rankings...
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March 12, 2015
Access, low risk perception may fuel increase in youth e-cigarette use

Fewer Pierce County youth smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, but using alternatives is on the rise TACOMA, Wash. – While Pierce County youth are smoking and drinking less, they are...
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March 11, 2015
Free natural yard care workshops coming to Gig Harbor

Health Department shares how to stay green with fewer chemicals, less water, lower maintenance TACOMA, Wash. – Want to spruce up your patch of green this Spring? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and...
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March 10, 2015
Healthy Schools Grant Applications Open Through April 10

Health Department program helps schools get funding for innovative ideas that lead to improved student health TACOMA, Wash. – Health and academic success go hand in hand. And since 2010, schools and...
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March 5, 2015
Board of Health urges state legislature to toughen up on e-cigarettes

Comprehensive legislation needed to prevent youth access to e-cigarettes, vapor products TACOMA, Wash. – Yesterday, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health passed a resolution urging the state legislature to pass tougher laws to...
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March 2, 2015
Health Department Pet Death Investigation Inconclusive

Further steps recommended to property owner TACOMA, Wash. – After an initial investigation, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has not been able to determine with certainty what killed a renter’s pet cat and...
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January 29, 2015
$100,000 Grant to Support Local Health System Transformation

Funds will go toward local design phase of statewide Accountable Communities of Health effort TACOMA, Wash. – The Washington Health Care Authority has awarded Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department a $100,000 design grant...
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January 22, 2015
Clear Lake Toxic Algae Closed Advisory

Click here to see current Surface Water Advisories! Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends people keep out of Clear Lake. Dangerously high levels of toxins found in the algae present an increased risk of illness, especially...
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January 21, 2015
Weekend Events Offer Free Help for Health Insurance Enrollment

TACOMA, WA – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is co-hosting two free events this weekend to help uninsured county residents enroll in health insurance plans. The first event is Saturday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m...
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January 9, 2015
Health Department Finds E. coli Bacteria at Spring Near Ohop Lake

Water not fit for use; Pierce County will remove cistern at spring by the end of January TACOMA, Wash. – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff have found traces of E. coli bacteria...
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January 7, 2015
$394,000 Grant Will Help Fight Chronic Disease

Partners Will Use Community and Systems Approaches to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke TACOMA, WA – The Washington State Department of Health has awarded Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department a $394,000...
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