Funding announced for organizations working to support healthy births and expand access to resources for birthing families

Five organizations that are led by and serve Washington's Black/African American, African Immigrant, and American Indian/Alaska Native communities received Birth Equity Project funding to improve birth outcomes in their communities. Funds will support the provision of culturally responsive birthing services and help reduce the high infant and maternal mortality rates within these communities.

New report reveals heavy toll of mental health and substance use in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which shows how people living in America reported about their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021.

Plan ahead for NACCHO 2023 conference

The 2023 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Conference will take place both virtually and in-person, July 10–13, 2023 in Denver. 

This year’s theme, Elevating Public Health Practice for Today and Tomorrow, will explore how the local public health workforce and its stakeholders can move forward in the midst of an ongoing crisis while implementing traditional and innovative approaches to restructure a system built to protect the health of communities nationwide. 

2023 Collaborative workgroups to focus on diabetes, hospital discharge solutions, perinatal depression

Every year, the Bree Collaborative chooses focus areas to develop best practices and clinical guidelines to improve health care quality, affordability, and accessibility. Potential topics are evaluated based on relevant healthcare utilization, variability, and impact on health outcomes in our state. In 2023 the Bree Collaborative will focus on:

BREE offers recommendations on Hepatitis C virus, outpatient infection control, and prescribing opioids to older adults

The Dr. Robert Bree Collaborative, which brings together public and private health care stakeholders to identify specific ways to improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in Washington State, has recently published recommendations for key health issues. The Bree Recommendation on Hepatitis C Virus has been finalized.