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Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 05/25/2018
On May 17, 2018 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and policy for 2018. The changes went into effect on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program Accepting Applications for Funding and Qualified Providers 05/16/2018
The Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program is currently accepting submissions for our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Professional Services for Employment and Day Program Services. The RFQ documents can be found at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/programs/developmental-disabilities.aspx.
Public Hearing to Consider Fee Schedule and Code Changes 05/03/2018
On May 17, 2018 the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) and the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) will hold a public hearing to consider changes to the Kittitas County Public Health Fee Schedule and changes to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13, Water and Sewers. The public hearing will be in the Commissioners’ Auditorium at 205 W. 5th Avenue in Ellensburg. Anyone interested in the matter should attend and can provide testimony in person or in writing.
Kittitas County Public Health Wants to Gauge Knowledge about HPV Vaccinations 04/30/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) via a grant from the Group Health Foundation is conducting a community survey of parents and guardians about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The anonymous survey is targeted to parents and guardians of children aged 18 and younger. The survey aims to gather information from parents and guardians in order to assess behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and barriers around the HPV vaccine.
FREE “High School and Beyond Educational Fair” 04/18/2018
On May 24, 2018, the Kittitas County Transition Team will host a “High School and Beyond Educational Fair” from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in the Naneum Room. The event is for anyone who has students between 14 and 25 years of age who have received school accommodations. The event is free!
The Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) is Final 04/12/2018
The 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA) has been finalized! The CHA is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, with the most recent CHA process starting in June of last year. The final Community Health Assessment is available on the Kittitas County Public Health Department’s website at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/uploads/documents/health/assessment/2018-Kittitas-County-Community-Health-Assessment.pdf.
National Public Health Week 04/02/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners proclaim National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 2-6, 2018, and recognize it as a time to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. NPHW focuses its efforts on a different theme each year, with this year’s focus being the generation of public health.
Handle Backyard Chicks and Ducklings Safely 03/27/2018
With the arrival of spring, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents to use precautions when handling backyard chickens and ducklings. Even when baby birds look healthy, they may have germs like Salmonella, which can be on the bird or on cages or other things the bird touches.
Open Door Health Clinic Named 2018 Public Health Champion 03/23/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Open Door Health Clinic will be awarded the 2018 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the clinic’s mission to provide basic medical care for low-income people without insurance or readily accessible healthcare. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10:00 am in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.
Free Community Health Worker Training 03/13/2018
Registration is now open for the Community Health Worker Training on April 11th, 2018 at Central Washington University, 400 E University Way in Ellensburg. The training is an eight week combination of online and in-person trainings. The training is free!
Stop by and Learn about the Health of our Community! 02/13/2018
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is near completion and the Kittitas County Health Network and the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) want to share the information with the community. There will be two open house events; one event will be in Ellensburg on Thursday, February 15, from 4 to 6pm at the Hal Holmes Community Center and the other event will be in Cle Elum on Wednesday, February 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Putnam Centennial Center.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 02/13/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fourth annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
The Boil Water Advisory for Snoqualmie Pass Area is Lifted 02/01/2018
The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is no longer under a boil water advisory. Residents within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District (Snoqualmie Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak) may use their tap water for drinking and every day normal uses.
Boil Water Advisory for Snoqualmie Pass Area 01/25/2018
The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is under a boil water advisory due to a leak in the system. Water may be contaminated within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District, which affects the following areas: Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 01/17/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fourth annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 12/11/2017
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Progress Update for the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) 11/21/2017
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is underway! The CHA is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, with the most recent CHA process starting in June of this year. The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process with over twenty partners from various agencies participating. The process is collaborative as well as comprehensive, with four assessments falling under the CHA process: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status Assessment, and Forces of Change Assessment. For each assessment area, committees have been formed and are working to compile information about what affects the health of Kittitas County.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Health Order Code 10/30/2017
On October 19, 2017, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13.75 Health Order. The amended code was effective immediately.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 10/20/2017
On September 21, 2017 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and policy for 2017. The changes went into effect immediately.
Washington State Department of Agriculture Suspends License for Pride and Joy Dairy 10/09/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has suspended the license for Pride and Joy Dairy. As a result, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind retailers to remove all Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk from sale. Additionally, KCPHD wants consumers to be aware that all Pride & Joy Dairy organize retail raw milk should not be purchased or consumed.