Recommended Reading from the Executive Director:
The Importance of Funding Public Health

Our public health members work behind-the-scenes to keep our communities safe. From monitoring water and toxins at the Oso mudslide, to providing masks to residents affected by the Carlton Complex wildfires, to promptly alerting Mercer Island residents about how to treat a possible E. coli contamination in the water supply, public health services are vital to our health and safety in emergencies. However, public health agencies also work on a daily basis to regulate our restaurants and well water, and provide essential services, like maternity and nutritional assistance, to people in need, among many other things.

While the needs are great, funding continues to decrease. Two recent editorials highlight the funding needed for these important services.

Fund Public Health - Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response
Seattle Times, Oct. 14, 2014

Critical public health services are at risk
The Olympian, Oct. 13, 2014

Insight Magazine Wins Labor Media Honors

Local 17's bi-monthly magazine, Insight, won two awards from the International Labor Communications Association in their 2014 contest, announced on Oct. 10. Insight took second place in the Best Design category, and third place in the General Excellence in Local and Regional Publications category.

Thanks to all of our members for sharing their stories -- it wouldn't be an excellent publication without you!

Read the latest issue of Insight magazine!