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Beach Closure Lifted at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend, WA --The "NO CONTACT" Health Advisory that was issued for Port Ludlow Bay following a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, March 9th has been lifted. 



Sewage Discharge at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend, WA --Olympic Water and Sewar officials reported a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, March 9. Jefferson County Public Health has issued a "No Contact" health advisory for Port Ludlow Bay, and has posted closure signs. This health advisory remains in effect until further notice.



Second Hand Hangover Presented by Monica Olsson

Port Townsend, WA -- Monday, March 7, 2016, 6 PM-8 PM, Chimacum High School Library. Monica Olsson, one of 3 film makers for “Second Hand Hangover,” will present this powerful and insightful film about three young girls’ experiences growing up in addictive family environments. A question & answer period and community discussion will follow. This is a free event sponsored by the Chimacum Prevention Coalition, Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and Jefferson County Public Health. Hearty Snacks will be served.




Opiate Overdose Reporting and Prevention in Jefferson County

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has begun distributing the opioid overdose antidote naloxone through its Syringe Exchange Program. The naloxone kits are provided at no cost. An appointment is required for the training necessary to use the medication correctly.


Jefferson County Public Health is Celebrating National Public Health Week

Port Townsend, WA --Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating National Public Health Week April 4-10. This year the National Public Health Week theme is Healthiest Nation 2030. JCPH asks you to join the Board of Health in nominating local Public Health Heroes who make our community safer. We want to hear your story: Nominations are open to the public through Tuesday, March 9th. Please submit a nomination for an individual, agency or group you feel is making a difference in the health of Jefferson County.


West End Marine Resources Committee Plans RainFest 'River & Ocean Days'

Port Townsend, WA --An important role of the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee (NPC MRC), based in Forks, is connecting wider audiences with important issues facing our coast and marine resources – such as marine debris and ocean acidification. MRC-sponsored community events include Forks’ annual RainFest River & Ocean Days celebration with its Trashion Show and Film Festival. In 2016, these events will be held on the evenings of April 22 and 23, respectively, at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks.


Jefferson County Public Health Welcomes Community Health Director

Port Townsend, WA -- Jefferson County Public Health proudly welcomes Dunia Faulx as its new Community Health Director. Ms. Faulx joined Jefferson County Public Health in December 2015 after serving the global health community as a program officer at PATH, a Seattle based non-profit.


Chimacum Prevention Coalition Presentation

Chimacum Prevention Coalition Presents-Understanding the Physiological and Developmental Impact of Marijuana Use: A Navigational Guidebook for Parents Monday January 11th, 6 PM Chimacum High School Library. The recent legalization of marijuana for adult retail sales and the varying perceptions on medical use has a signification impact on youth access and consumption. Jerry Blackburn, faculty member in the Chemical Dependency Counseling Education Program at Bellevue College, will present information on the impact marijuana use has on both the cognitive and physiological development of our young people. Blackburn will consider signs of concern and discuss effective strategies for increasing protective factors and reducing those factors that put kids at risk for use. Mr. Blackburn has worked in the field of chemical dependency for over eighteen years, tackling this area of healthcare from every angle, working in roles ranging from an intervention/prevention specialist to clinical director of an adolescent residential treatment facility. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Washington, and has been a certified Chemical Dependency Professional since 1999. In 2005 Jerry was honored by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (now Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery) with the Richard Rivera Passionate Youth Professional Award. For more information on the Chimacum Prevention Coalition contact Julia Danskin, 385-9420, , or Kelly Matlock, 379-4476,, Chimacum Prevention Coalition Coordinators at Jefferson County Public Health. This event is sponsored by Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Chimacum Prevention Coalition, Chimacum School District and Jefferson County Public Health. .


Jefferson County Invites Applications for Open Space Projects

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) welcomes applications to protect important open space lands through the county's Conservation Futures Program. Citizens, landowners, and citizen groups, including local government agencies, special purpose districts, and non-profit corporations within Jefferson County may apply for funds in partnership, as applicable, with local sponsoring organizations based in Jefferson County.


Clean Water Public Meetings

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will present a summary of work on the Northeast Jefferson Clean Water Project at two public meetings in December.


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