File #: 2007-0467    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/17/2007 In control: Law, Justice and Human Services Committee
On agenda: Final action: 10/1/2007
Enactment date: 10/12/2007 Enactment #: 15913
Title: AN ORDINANCE approving the Public Health Operational Master Plan.
Sponsors: Julia Patterson, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague, Kathy Lambert
Indexes: Operational Master Plan, Public Health
Attachments: 1. 15913.pdf, 2. 2007-0467 Staff Report.doc, 3. 2007-0467 Transmittal Letter.doc, 4. A. King County Public Health Operational Master Plan dated August 2007, 5. A. King County Public Health Operational Master Plan dated August 2007
Clerk 09/07/2007
AN ORDINANCE approving the Public Health Operational Master Plan.
1. The county is responsible for providing regional public health services to the one million eight hundred thousand residents of King County, as well as the hundreds of thousands of workers and tourists who enter the county each day.
2. Examples of the wide range of public health services currently provided by the county include: ensuring food and water are safe for consumption; monitoring, preventing and controlling communicable diseases and environmental health threats; assessing the health of the public; providing vaccines and assuring the immunization of children and adults; assuring emergency preparedness and response; promoting healthy behaviors and preventing chronic diseases and injury; and assuring personal health care services to uninsured and underinsured individuals.
3. Regional public health services are supported by significant contributions from the county's general fund, state funds and a variety of federal sources.
4. Over the past decade, revenues supporting public health services, such as the motor vehicle excise tax, have been eliminated, reduced or limited, requiring reductions in public health programs and significant increases in the level of county general fund resources.
5. The significant increases in county general fund resources to support public health are not sustainable over the long term.
6. The cost of providing public health services is increasing.
7. The need for and scope of public health services provided is increasing as new mandates are instituted, new communicable disease and environmental health threats emerge, health disparities within the population of King County intensify, the number of medically underserved increases and the burden of preventable chronic disease grows.
8. In Ordinance 15083 adopting the 2005 King County budget, the council authorized funding for a Pu...

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