For immediate release: August 12, 2022 (22-124)
Olympia – As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will reinvigorate agency priorities, focus, and commitment to a vision of equitable, optimal health for all. developed a transformation plan for
The plan is informed by formal and informal discussions and aims to reimagine health using our core values of Equity, Innovation and Engagement (EIE). The plan focuses on five priority areas followed by his six strategies. The overall vision highlights DOH’s commitment to health for all by creating policies and conditions so that every Washington citizen can live the healthiest life possible. This plan supports communities, community-based organizations, local public health, government partners, health care providers/systems, the private sector, and tribal nations to move us forward to improve the health of all Washington citizens. We recognize the importance of cooperating with
“Effective and evolving public health is always a community-wide effort and we must move from transactional to transformative,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “We are also re-focusing on equity, innovation and engagement to build a stronger public health system. It is also a way to revisit and transform our pre-COVID mandate and create a responsive public health system for the future.”
The intent is to meet Washington’s complex public health needs today, but also to be innovative and flexible in adjusting to those changing needs, and to respond quickly when new challenges emerge. I have.
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