Public Health is Essential

Public Health Town Hall Meeting on KOMO-TV!

Local 17 has played a key role in the 'Public Health is Essential' campaign -- including several members who participated in the recent taping of a televised town hall.

Tune into KOMO-TV this Sat., Feb. 11 at 8:30 p.m. to watch a town hall meeting on the crisis of Public Health funding! En Espanol on Univision, Sun., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

Watch the discussions on Public Health funding in the WA legislature

On Feb. 7, the WA House health care committee and Senate health care committee held hearings on Foundational Public Health Services, with local health jurisdictions from across Washington state presenting the challenges they face in providing public health services in our communities. Click the links above to connect to the TVW recordings of the hearings (The House hearing on bill 1432 is first in the recording; the Senate hearing on bill 5353 starts at about 35:00).

Local 17 has played a key role in the 'Public Health Is Essential' campaign that is asking legislators for $60 million to fund public health services for chronic and communicable disease.

Send a postcard to your legislator urging them to support Public Health funding!

Contact for a stack of postcards you can personalize to send to the legislator in your district!

What is the 'Public Health is Essential' campaign?

Local 17 has been a key member of the Public Health Roundtable, which has developed the 'Public Health is Essential' campaign with other unions, government agencies, and community partners, to raise awareness about the importance of funding Public Health.

During the 2017 legislative session and beyond, we will be working with members of the Roundtable to educate legislators about our issues -- particularly chronic and communicable diseases -- and to advocate for Public Health funding that sustains these and other vital services.

To learn more, visit:

Contact Your Legislator

Use the Washington legislature website to find and contact the legislator in your district.