The King County Board of Health is expanding by 2023 to include the many members of the community it serves.
Board membership applications welcomed from King County residents who share a commitment to public health principles and respond to racism as a public health crisis, including public health and care providers in health, people with experience in public health programs, residents who work to address health inequalities, and others with Public Health permits.
Applications by June 30, 2022.
Open house to learn more
To learn more, please visit our website and join us in one of our online open houses via Zoom on Saturday May 21, 2-3: 30 p.m.orTuesday May 24, 6-7: 30 p.m.:
About the Board
There are currently 8 elected officials and 3 health professionals on the board. The expanded Board will include 8 elected officials and 8 non-elected individuals representing the public, health care, and other community stakeholders.
The Board of Health has many responsibilities. Its mission is to advocate for the preservation, promotion, and protection of public health. It works to prevent the spread of the disease, set local public health regulations and certain fees and licenses, and enforce state and local public health laws. The Board has no budgetary authority.
The previous Board’s activities included passing a regulation banning trans fats in restaurants, regulating e-cigarettes, and establishing a drug withdrawal program.
The Board issues guidelines and recommendations. For example, the Board issued guidelines for a model tobacco-free parks policy to promote a tobacco-free experience for visitors to all parks in King County.
The Board also makes resolutions to express support for policies or strategies. For example, The Board passed a resolution urging the Washington State Legislature to address climate change and its effects on health, with a focus on communities that are not equally affected by health inequalities.
The Board has taken a racial equity approach to its work and hopes that its members will be committed to racial equity and end the effects of racism on health.
Board member expectations
- Attend and participate in monthly meetings held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.
- Unelected members have the right to vote outside the law regarding fees
- Join subcommittees as needed
Board members who are not paid for their participation by their employer will be paid $ 225 for each full board meeting they attend, not to exceed $ 225 per month.
Visit the website to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Health and the application process.
Originally published 5/13/22