Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Learn More About Thurston County Syringe Services

The Syringe Services Program provides many community benefits:
  • Minimize disease transmission
  • Provide harm reduction services
  • Provide case management and linkage to treatment
  • Provide referral to services and supports
  • Provide resources for opioid overdose response and naloxone administration
In fact, the bottom line for this program is that it means more people are alive and in recovery
Learn more here:

Men's Health is Important Year Round

Even when it's not "Movember" it's important for men to take care of their health. Learn more about "Movember" and health issues that affect men from the Thurston County Health Officer:  

Then check out this great video encouraging men to be men "of more words" from 

Thurston County Environmental Health Fee Increase Approved

The Thurston County Board of Health approved a 10% Environmental Fee Increase. The increase is intended to improve services to both residents and businesses in the County, and reduce wait times when processing land use and septic permits. The fee proposal increases most Environmental Health fees by 10% and these resources will help the citizens by:

  • Improving customer service quality
  • Reducing permit backlog times for customers
  • Reducing overtime costs
  • Decreasing deferred/delayed work
To learn more, visit:

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Colder Weather Doesn't Have to Mean No Exercise

Is the cold weather getting you down?  Are you stuck in the house with your family trying not to get on each other's nerves because you think it's just too cold to go outside.  Here are some tips on becoming more active as a family:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Water Quality is Important to All of Us

Whether we think about it very often or not, water quality is an essential part of every person’s life. Clean drinking water is necessary to live! Healthy rivers, streams and Puget Sound are important for local wildlife AND essential for our local economy; whether focused on shellfish harvesting, navigable waterways, or tourism. Most of us have a favorite park, river or beach spot where we take our loved ones or go to gather our thoughts and recreate. Healthy water quality is an important part of our overall health as people, and as a community. It’s also one reason why so many of us are grateful to live in this beautiful, water-rich region! Learn more about what you can do to protect water quality in the Thurston Talk article below:

Thurston County Pilots Infant at Work Program

On Tuesday, September 18, the Thurston County Board of Commissionersunanimously approved a one-year, pilot Infant at Work project at the Public Health and Social Service’s (PHSS) Department on Lilly Road. Employees will have the opportunity to bring infants aged six weeks to six months to work beginning this week. PHSS was chosen as the department for the pilot because it has a health-oriented mission and building infrastructure that supports this project. Learn more about the program by reading the Thurston Talk article at the link below:

Learn more about Thurston County's Nurse Family Partnership Program

Parenting is hard. Even when you have lots of help, and tons of resources at your disposal, it’s a tough road. Becoming a mother for the first time is harder still—and first-time moms without the resources and resiliency they need have it hardest of all. The Thurston-Mason-Lewis Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program is dedicated to building relationships between experienced nurses and new mothers who are experiencing multiple challenges. Learn more by following this link: