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Call For Open Space Project Applications

The Jefferson County Conservation Futures Program was created in 2002 to help ensure that adequate open space lands are retained in Jefferson County. The Conservation Futures Fund provides a portion of the funding necessary to the protection of key wildlife habitat, agricultural and timber lands, scenic areas, and buffers to parks and cultural sites – all for the health, benefit and welfare of citizens. Permanent protection of open space lands is made possible through the acquisition of real property or development rights from interested and willing sellers. The program has helped to preserve habitat and public access on Chimacum, Tarboo and Snow Creeks and the Duckabush River; wildlife habitat and trails in Port Townsend, prime farmland in Beaver and Center Valleys and Tamanowas Rock.


Art Hazards Workshop

Be Art Smart: Don’t Risk Your Health for Your Art
Artists are exposed to the same chemicals, fumes, and dusts as employees in manufacturing and industry, but artists, aren’t typically monitored for health impacts or know all of the risks associated with the materials they use.  Photographers, woodworkers, painters and jewelry makers are exposed to solvents, metals, dusts and other contaminants that can impact their health. 


Free Spill Kits for Businesses

Free Spill Kits for Businesses
December 27, 2013, Port Townsend
For over four years, Jefferson County Public Health has been assisting small businesses reduce their waste and improve their bottom line. These site visits are geared toward “small quantity generators" of hazardous wastes. Smaller businesses often lack the financial resources to hire outside consultants. This program helps bridge that gap by providing free environmental regulatory consultations. As part of the technical assistance program, Jefferson County Public Health is providing small businesses with a free spill kit.


Get a Flu Vaccine Before The Holidays

Get a Flu Shot Before the Holidays
December 19, 2013, Port Townsend
Influenza activity is just starting to pick up in Washington State, but several southern states are experiencing high flu activity already. In most years influenza peaks in January & February – after we’ve been traveling, getting together with friends and relatives and sharing our germs.
Flu vaccine is available from many health care providers in our area, and is the best protection we have against the flu.


Environmental Health Official Graduates From National Public Health Improvement Program

Jefferson County Environmental Health Official Graduates from National Public Health Improvement Program  
Jared Keefer, Jefferson County Environmental Health and Water Quality Director along with more than 100 other new and aspiring public health officials from across the nation, graduated last week from the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials program. The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation, is designed to enhance the skills of top executives at local health departments. Participants in the 12-month program gained practical tools and experiences to help them work with elected officials and community partners, manage strategic planning and health department resources, and discover approaches for addressing challenges unique to local health department leaders.


SmileMobile Brings Smiles To Local Families

SmileMobile Brings Smiles To Local Families
Port Townsend, Washington, December 13, 2013
It’s all smiles outside The SmileMobile for Tim Kubica and his kids Reed and Yemma. This mobile dental office provides dental exams, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, and other services for age 1-18. The SmileMobile served 84 children during its November 12-26 visit to Jefferson County.   "Good dental health is important for overall health. The SmileMobile makes it possible for our family to have regular dental checkups." Andrea Blair, mother of Reed and Yemma.


Distinguished Award for the School Nurse Corps Program

Port Townsend, Washington, November 5, 2013
The Washington State School Nurse Corps was selected for this year’s Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Healthcare.   This distinguished award is given each year to health care providers or facilities that exhibit exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health services.  


Jefferson County Water Quality Employee Honored at Hood Canal Coordinating Council

Port Townsend, November 1, 2013 -


Jefferson County Water Quality Employee Honored at Hood Canal Coordinating Council
Tami Pokorny, a 9 year veteran of Jefferson County Public Health’s Water Quality division received an Environmental Achievement Award today in a ceremony hosted by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC) for her conservation work in Jefferson County. The ceremony took place in Port Gamble and was attended by citizens, tribes, and state and local agencies including Kitsap, Jefferson, and Mason Counties working together for the restoration and protection of Hood Canal.


Board of Health November Meeting Cancelation

Port Townsend, October 16, 2013 -


Board of Health Meeting Cancellation
The November 21, 2013 meeting of the Board of Health has been cancelled. The next regular scheduled meeting will be held on December 19, 2013 at Jefferson County Public Health, 615 Sheridan St. Port Townsend, WA


"Work With Me" Employer Breakfast, October 24, 2013

Port Townsend, October 14, 2013 -

Join other local businesses for breakfast and discover how the power of employing people with developmental and other disabilities has positively impacted their business. To reserve your space at this invitation only “WORK WITH ME” breakfast please call 385-9410. Hiring people with disabilities works! 


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