Executive brings together funding partners to help maintain public health services in Auburn

King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced that he has brought together funding partners from local cities, tribes, nonprofits, and companies to help maintain services at the Auburn health clinic for the next two years. He will work with the Metropolitan King County Council to identify the additional funds needed to continue operations during the 2015-2016 biennium.

The Auburn Public Health Center – which includes satellite offices in Enumclaw and the Muckleshoot Reservation – provides health services to 10,000 clients, 97 percent of whom live below the federal poverty line. The Public Health – Seattle & King County staff primarily provides maternity services, nutrition programs and family planning. The clinic had been identified for closure due to declines in state and federal funding.

“This partnership brings together cities, tribal government, nonprofits, and business – united in a shared commitment to the health and prosperity of the people who live here,” said Executive Constantine. “I’m proud of the innovative local solutions we’ve crafted to help maintain important health services, but we must ultimately develop a sustainable funding source for Public Health that our state has lacked for many years.”

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