Learning to Become a Disease Detective: My Role as a Disease Intervention Specialist within a Local Health Department

As a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS), I’m often the first person responding to a patient’s sexual health crisis. In addition to doing the background work of keeping statistics and ensuring each patient is properly treated for their sexually transmitted infection, a large part of my…

A Community-Wide Effort to Expand Access to Health Insurance

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The law includes numerous health insurance reforms, including the provision that as of 2014, all individuals who are deemed eligible and qualified to obtain health insurance are required to do so. Since 2013,…

Our Branding Process: Improving Public Health Communications

Do people in your community recognize your health department, what you do, why you matter, and how you make a difference in their lives? If you do not intentionally form your identity and public perception, then others will do it for you. Here is how…

Communication Lessons Learned from the 2015 Washington State Wildfires

“If this was back East and everything from New York to Washington D.C. was burning, maybe people would realize the magnitude of destruction we’re talking about here.” Firefighter comment in the Okanogan County Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center, August 2015. Walking into the Benton-Franklin Health…