Washington County hosts virtual events in recognition of Public Health Week

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department

National Public Health Week is April 5-11, 2021. For the second consecutive year, Washington County Health and Human Services is steeped in the pandemic response and will modify their annual tradition of presenting multiple awards at an in-person ceremony and reception.  

“During the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetime, it’s more important than ever to recognize the great work of public health and our many partners who come together to protect our community,” said Washington County Public Health Division Manager Tricia Mortell. “We are grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on public health this year and hope to return to our more robust nomination process and recognition program in 2022.” 

The public is welcome to attend either of the following virtual events. 

On Tuesday, April 6, the Board of Commissioners will issue a proclamation for National Public Health Week at their 10 a.m. board meeting. Public Health staff will also use this time to present awards to two key partners that have been instrumental in the county’s response to the pandemic. The public can watch it live or at a later date on the county’s YouTube channel

On Friday, April 9, from 10 a.m.-noon, Washington County will unveil their 2020-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The release of the latest CHIP was delayed a year due to the pandemic. The CHIP is a community plan for action that defines how Washington County Health and Human Services and community partners come together to improve health equity and address priority health issues identified by a comprehensive assessment of local data. It was developed under the guidance of the CHIP Leadership Team, a group of community partners representing Washington County school districts, OSU Extension, community health centers, health systems and community-based organizations. The CHIP is available on HHS’s website

In addition to hearing from the CHIP Leadership team about the health improvement work happening in our communities, this event will include presentations from Leann Johnson, director of Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Jillene Joseph, executive director of the Native Wellness Institute. 

Register via Eventbrite by April 6. Registrants will receive a Zoom link. 

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Department Communications Coordinator