Sign the petition to save public health in Seattle/​King County

Much of King County’s public health system now risks being shuttered.

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WSNA encourages nurses and others to join the campaign to save public health in Seattle/King County.

Public health is a foundation of thriving communities. Yet, much of King County’s public health system now risks being shuttered away permanently.

Sign the petition by April 15 urging King County to retain public health services that support nearly 80,000 vulnerable clients a year.

 What’s at risk:

  • Public health protections for everyone: The public health system protects the entire community by providing essential health servicesThree years of COVID-19 showed vividly why we need a strong system and what can go wrong when the system falters. Clinics facing closure operate in Auburn, Seattle, Des Moines, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Burien, Lake City, Renton, and Kirkland, among other cities. This network, along with mobile vans, a street medicine team, and school-based health centers, ensures healthcare is accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Equity and access for BIPOC communitiesTwo-thirds of public health clients are Black, indigenous, and people of color. These communities have historically faced health disparities and systemic barriers to healthcare. Public Health plays a crucial role in bridging these gaps and providing equitable healthcare services.
  • Assistance for the uninsured: One-quarter of public health clients are uninsured. In a healthcare system where insurance often dictates access to care, Public Health centers provide crucial medical services to those without insurance.
  • Critical support for the homeless population: Twenty percent of public health clients are experiencing homelessness. A lack of care makes it more difficult for people experiencing homelessness to establish healthier, more stable living situations, and easier for vulnerable individuals to become homeless.