Tag: Health

Why I voted for paid sick leave for Seattle workers

September 12th, 2011

Over the weekend I zipped down to visit my mom who is suffering through pneumonia. I didn’t have to miss work, but I also didn’t stress about whether I might miss work. Last year I had pneumonia and missed almost two weeks of work. I stressed about what I wasn’t getting done [More]


Nicotine conveyance devices

June 1st, 2010

I wanted to blog about the Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Schools meeting we held Tuesday night at Eckstein in Northeast Seattle with members of the Council’s Committee on the Built Environment, members of the School Board’s Operations Committee, but the video of the meeting hasn’t been posted by Seattle Channel yet. I’ll wait [More]


Robert Hansen, 1959-2010

May 10th, 2010

Many of us knew Robert Hansen, but many people still don’t know that he passed away at the end of last month.  Robert was one of the most recognized and most-welcome of Real Change vendors around town.  He could be seen either Downtown here near City Hall, usually on the Forth and [More]


Home seige: Day 7

April 13th, 2010

I have been sick at home since last Wednesday.  I have had high fevers, low fevers, a debilitating headache, and, now, lots of coughing. I've ingested enough Tylenol to merit one of those eating contest trophies and still I feel about as good as someone who wins one for downing 50 Peeps. [More]


Wash your hands!

April 30th, 2009

If you sneeze or cough, cover up. Wash your hands. If you're sick, stay home. And wash your hands. I'm on the Board of Health. That makes me almost a doctor. Go wash your hands. If you want advice from people who went to school to learn how to keep us all [More]


Communities Count 2008 – Our Vital Signs Are Dropping

January 26th, 2009

Public Health - Seattle & King County just released the latest version of "Communities Count: Social and Health Indicators Across King County." The report is a joint effort by Public Health, King County governments and local foundations to take the vital signs of people, so to speak. Through surveys and interviews with [More]


Savepublichealth.com

October 6th, 2008

Have you seen this site yet? Maybe you've seen a billboard or bus sign with the website and the slogan "These cuts can kill." The Washington State Nurses Association has come out with an aggressive campaign to remind people that the budget cuts at the local and state levels will kill more [More]


Move-a-thon

June 2nd, 2008

Through my spot on the Board of Health I get to hear about the persistent disparities in health, health care access and health care quality between people of color in our region and people of Euro descent. These are linked to poverty and long-term patterns of discrimination that take years to rectify. [More]


The patient is bleeding to death

May 1st, 2008

I just returned from a meeting of the Board of Health's sub-committee of Provision. It's the sub-committee that will grapple with long-range planning for the provision of health services by Public Health Seattle & King County. Unfortunately, that means we'll also grapple with the very real need to slice a big chunk [More]


Living longer, but not better

January 18th, 2008

We received our regional committee assignment this past week. Those are the committees where I represent you while sitting next to King County councilmembers and mayors and councilmembers from the cities and towns around us. I lucked out and will retain my seat on the Board of Health. We had our first [More]