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File #: 20-05    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: In control: Board of Health
On agenda: Final action: 1/16/2020
Enactment date: Enactment #: 20-05
Title: A RESOLUTION encouraging the Washington state Legislature to support funding for foundational public health services.
Indexes: Legislature, Public Health
Attachments: 1. BOH Resolution 20-05 Signed
Clerk 01/08/2020
A RESOLUTION encouraging the Washington state Legislature to support funding for foundational public health services.
WHEREAS, the public health system in Washington provides the foundation for the larger health framework, working to prevent illness and disease while supporting the work of community partners, and
WHEREAS, tracking, responding to and preventing costly disease outbreaks is essential to protecting the public's health, and
WHEREAS, state, local and tribal public health officials, together with local leaders, have identified an agreed-upon set of foundational public health services that should be available for every Washingtonian, and
WHEREAS, no state or local public health department should be without foundational public health components and programs which include communicable disease control, chronic disease and injury prevention, environmental public health, maternal, child and family health, and access to and linkage with clinical care; and
WHEREAS, after a century of increasing life expectancies, these gains are threatened by new and more complex diseases and emerging threats, putting today's children at risk of becoming the first generation to have shorter life expectancies than their parents, and
WHEREAS, public health's ability to address social and community conditions could improve health, life expectancy and quality of life, while also reducing related health care costs and productivity losses, and
WHEREAS, the public's well-being is also threatened by public health's inability to meet its basic responsibility to provide those foundational services due to changes in its funding structure, complex and new diseases and growing populations, and
WHEREAS, the motor vehicle excise tax was repealed in 2000, leaving the public health system without an adequate and sustainable funding source, and
WHEREAS, the Washington state Legislature invested $22 million for foundational public health services in...

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