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Food Safety

In 2018, the Snohomish Health District:

  • Completed 4,510 food safety inspections,
  • Received 472 food illness complaints,
  • Processed 1,217 permits for temporary food establishments, and
  • Reviewed 235 plans for food businesses.
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Suicide prevention

In 2016, only about half of Snohomish County students in 8th or 12th grade said they'd learned in school about the warning signs of suicide or how to get help.

Since then, the Health District’s injury prevention specialist has trained nearly 400 members of the community on QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer. QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention training.

Our specialist has trained faith-based volunteer groups, juvenile court, county park rangers, law enforcement, 4-H volunteers, parent groups, and hundreds of students and educators.

Percent of students by grade who seriously considered suicide in the past year (Source: Healthy Youth Survey)

Percent of students by grade who seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year

Needle Clean-Up Kits

The Health District provides free kits to help people safely clean up syringes. Used needles in public areas can be a health hazard as well as a nuisance. Volunteers who want to clean up needles around their community need the supplies and information to do so safely.

Each kit includes a secure container for syringes, puncture-proof gloves, safety glasses, tongs, hand sanitizer, and instructions. The District began providing needle clean-up kits in 2017. Since May of that year, more than 1,180 kits have been distributed in Snohomish County. Each kit can fit several dozen used syringes.

School walking routes

Healthy Communities specialists have completed walking audits of 99 schools – every elementary school in the county that was open and not undergoing major remodels at the time of the audit. In partnership with city and county planners, a number of improvements for children’s safety were made, including: 

  • Painting more visible sidewalks and adding signs
  • Rerouting pedestrians and drivers near schools
  • Adding new sidewalks
  • Creating walking maps for elementary schools
  • Adding lighting and trimming trees that were blocking school zone signs.