Verdant awards $4.3 million in community health grants

The Verdant Health Commission announced Thursday it has awarded $4.3 million in grants to 31 community organizations offering programs and services that address Verdant’s strategic priorities: mental health, health care access and food security. “This funding will ensure that health-elated programming is available and accessible for the community, said Commissioner Karianna Wilson. “By working together…

Northwest youth invited to enter Radon Poster Contest

Students across the Northwest are encouraged to get creative and raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2023 Northwest Radon Poster Contest. The contest deadline is March 10 and winners will be announced by April 17. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be selected from each state (Idaho, Oregon and Washington)….

Bloodworks Northwest declares ‘code red’ emergency blood shortage

Facing a severe blood shortage, Bloodworks Northwest is issuing a “code red” emergency asking everyone who is eligible and feeling healthy to fill immediate appointments to give blood. Donations dropped significantly due to winter weather and the holiday season. Hospitals are advised to conserve the limited onsite supplies to maintain a supply for emergencies, especially…

Reminder: Public hearing for proposed Lynnwood opioid treatment center Dec. 29

The Washington State Department of Health is holding a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 29, regarding the Spokane Treatment Center’s proposal to establish an opioid treatment program at 2322 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. The public hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed program…

Verdant supports cold weather services aimed at helping those without permanent housing

The Verdant Health Commission said it has funded two organizations that provide critical services to help the unhoused during winter months: South County Fire and the Cold Weather Shelter. As the cold winter months take hold, homeless individuals become increasingly vulnerable to health risks such as frostbite, hypothermia and even death, Verdant said in a…

Fish consumption advisory issued for several King County lakes

The Washington State Department of Health has issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Washington, Lake Meridian and Lake Sammamish after finding perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in several types of fish. PFOS comes from a family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), sometimes called “forever chemicals.” There is strong evidence from animal studies…

Learn tips and tricks to successful self care during Dec. 15 workshop

ThreeHealth Metabolic Health and Weight Management is hosting an event Thursday, Dec. 15 focused around self care and learning to stop sacrificing one’s health for others. Marlene Sexton, LMFT and Alexis Morales, CHC will be at the event to talk about self-care strategies. The free workshop will run from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 15. Click here…

Department of Health offering free classroom resources based on state data

The Washington State Department of Health has created the following educational resources to introduce students and teachers to public health and climate change data. Free professional development course In an effort to engage students with local health and climate data, the department is unveiling a free professional development course for teachers that uses Department of…

Burn ban lifted for Snohomish County

The burn ban issued Sunday for Snohomish County has been lifted effective at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said. Increasing clouds and wind were expected Monday night as part of a weather system moving in. Rain is predicted starting Tuesday morning and a chance of rain or drizzle every…

Stage 1 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves. The only exception to these rules are if the homeowner…

Snohomish County recruiting for Board of Health members

Snohomish County is seeking interested community members to serve on its new Board of Health. The Board of Health’s role will be to develop, approve and revise countywide policy on public health issues such as opioids, immunizations and climate change. The board evaluates yearly budget proposals, recommends new programs and reviews health department activities. The…

Dennis Worsham named first director of Snohomish County Health Department

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has appointed Dennis Worsham as the first director for Snohomish County’s Health Department. The Snohomish Health District is being integrated into Snohomish County government, and on Jan. 1, 2023, the new Snohomish County Health Department will be launched. Worsham spent time early in his career at the Snohomish Health District….

Stage 1 burn ban issued in Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Sunday issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Greater Pierce and Snohomish counties. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution creating unhealthy air, usually due to…

Free youth heart screening offered Nov. 2 for ages 14-24 at Meadowdale HS

Nick of Time Foundation, in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Sports Cardiology, will conduct free EKG youth heart screenings Wednesday, Nov. 2 for Edmonds School District students ages 14 and older. An EKG is performed that analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and the results are reviewed on-site by medical professionals…

Unhealthy air quality to continue this week due to wildfire smoke

The impacts of wildfire smoke are expected to continue until late this week, with unhealthy air quality levels rising, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency warned Tuesday. Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for everyone levels near active fires, including a new fire in east King County. As of Tuesday, other areas in the…

Verdant Health Commission unveils 2023-24 strategic plan, new grantmaking standards

With a focus on mental health, health care access and food security, the Verdant Health Commission Friday morning rolled out its two-year strategic plan during a community forum in Lynnwood. The Verdant Health Commission Board recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment – with more than 500 residents participating – and the results helped commissioners…

Wildfire smoke will likely linger across Washington into the weekend

Wildfire smoke is sticking around several parts of Washington and forecasts show smoke will likely get worse before it gets better. According to the Washington State Department of Health, breathing in smoke is not good for anyone. Days of consistent smoke exposure can take a toll on your health, making it especially important to protect…

Unhealthy air reported in Puget Sound due to wildfire smoke

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agecy issued an alert Saturday that due to wildfire smoke, air quality is currently unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy in many places due to wildfire smoke. The highest levels will be Saturday night through Sunday morning. Also, the Bolt Creek fire near Skykomish is creating a lot of upper-level…

Steps you can take now to prepare for wildfire smoke

Washington state is in the midst of wildfire season and, although it’s been a mild season to date, it is important to be prepared and ready to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke before the smoke hits. When it does get smoky outside, the best way to protect everyone, including pets, is to…

Learn about surgical weight loss options with ThreeHealth Sept. 15

Lynnwood’s ThreeHealth Metabolic Health and Weight Management is offering a free surgical weight loss seminar for those wanting to learn more about their options. On Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6-7  p.m., Dr. Brian Sung, a bariatric surgeon, will discuss options and answer any questions audience members may have about weight-loss procedures. Sung is part of…

Reminder: Verdant to host National Night Out event at Community Life Center Aug. 2

The Verdant Health Commission will be hosting a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Community Life Center in Lynnwood. The commission invites community partners and agencies to participate, with the goal of promoting a shared goal of a safer, healthier and more inclusive community. There will be…

Health department offers tips for staying cool this week

Hot weather is expected to impact Washington state through Friday of this week, with predicted daytime temperatures in the 90s or over 100 degrees in some places. The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings for much of central and eastern Washington, and a Heat Advisory is in effect in western parts of the…