The importance of STEM

KCIT Chief Information Officer Tanya Hannah delivered a baccalaureate address July 25 to graduates and students attending Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle. Hannah urged the young people to consider careers in STEM fields, noting that artists, geographers and writers can combine technology with their passions for well-paying, absorbing careers. “It’s all part of STEM.…

Metro earns top award – best in North America

In a message to Metro’s employees, General Manager Rob Gannon shared the fantastic news that the American Public Transportation Association has recognized King County Metro as Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year! Dear Metro colleagues, I have wonderful news to share with you: Metro has been named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the year—the…

Funding victory gets staff back to doing what they do best

When funding for a major five-year study of Public Health’s pioneering FLASH sexual health education program was restored last week, employees who work on the program took a collective sigh of relief. “We were starting our third year of the project when we received notification that our study, which is funded by the Office of…

Proudly in defense of breastfeeding, in King County and everywhere

Crossposted from Public Health Insider Statement from Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, responding to news that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services aggressively attempted to water down international support for breastfeeding through the World Health Organization. “The notion that any national or international health agency would not completely support…

Executive visits employees who are empowering strong communities through partnerships

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams recently visited King County employees and partners from the Communities of Opportunity program to learn more about their work to create greater racial, economic, and health equity that enables all people in King County to thrive and prosper. “Our goals for Communities of Opportunity…