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Board of Health Meeting, April 12

2015 Health Champions Recognized, Continued Discussions on WIC and First Steps

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. In conjunction with this month’s Board of Health meeting, the Snohomish Health District will recognize individuals and businesses in a new 2015 Health Champions ceremony. The Board of Health will also continue discussions on how Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and First Steps services will be provided in Snohomish County in 2017 and beyond. The meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 in the District’s Auditorium located at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett, Wash.

Seven local businesses will be presented with Food Safety Excellence Awards. These awards recognize those in food service who not only meet minimum standards, but typically stand out within their industry. The recipients by category are:

  • Full Menu – Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant at 122 128th St SE in Everett
  • Fast Service – Arby’s Roast Beef #6291 at 1007 SE Everett Mall Way
  • Limited Menu – Buffalo Espresso II at 3500 Seattle Hill Rd in Mill Creek
  • Large Grocery Chains – Trader Joe’s Co at 811 SE Everett Mall Way #B
  • Schools/Industrial/Institutions – Mukilteo Elementary at 2600 Mukilteo Dr
  • Temporary Food Service – Big Dog’s Mobile at 14957 N Kelsey St in Monroe
  • Restaurant Chains – Kentucky Fried Chicken at 7407 Evergreen Way in Everett

Four groups will also be presented with Healthy Communities Awards, in addition to one Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards recognize organizations in the county that go above and beyond minimum requirements to promote the health and well-being of employees and the community they serve. The recipients are:

  • City of Arlington Parks, the first parks department to go tobacco-free and vape-free
  • Blueberry Farm Stand in Darrington for promoting tobacco-free and vape-free environments
  • Monroe Youth Coalition for their work on youth suicide awareness and prevention
  • Sultan School District for their work aimed at their students being able to make healthy choices, from healthy nutrition to increased physical activity
  • Terry Clark, Executive Director at Child Strive, will receive the District’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in heathy families, healthy children, and service to public health as past chair of the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC)

To learn more about the District’s Food Safety program, visit www.snohd.org/Food/Restaurant-Inspections. To learn more about the District’s Healthy Communities program, visit www.snohd.org/Healthy-Living/Healthy-Communities.

The Board of Health held an expanded work session in March to discuss the proposed transition of the Health District’s WIC and First Steps services to community partners. While such programming will always be an essential need in the community, WIC and First Steps are no longer services where the Health District is uniquely qualified, nor are they aligned with the future vision of public health in Snohomish County.

The April meeting will continue those discussions, with an anticipated endorsement in May. The transition plan addresses WIC, First Steps, and Healthy Startsthe District’s new model for improving the health of infants, children and families throughout our community. This approach is consistent with aligning our resources where public health is uniquely qualified, and identifying ways that the Health District can affect the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Snohomish County.

RESOURCES: 

The Future of Public Health in Snohomish County (PDF)    

Snohomish Health District2014 Strategic Plan Update (PDF)

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