About local public health

The Snohomish County Health Department provides public health services for all of Snohomish County. We work for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.

The Health Department joined Snohomish County government in January 2023. Prior to that, local public health services were provided by the Snohomish Health District, an independent special purpose district. Former Health District staff and programs were integrated into the county, becoming the Health Department.

Board of Health

The Snohomish County Health Department has a 9-person Board of Health. The Board develops, approves, and revises countywide policy on public health issues such as opioids, immunizations, and climate change. It evaluates yearly budget recommendation, recommends new programs, and reviews Health Department activities. The Board meets monthly, and members will be assigned to subcommittees and various ad hoc task groups. 

Learn more on the Board of Health webpage.

2023 Legislative Priorities

The 2023 priorities focus on:

  • Foundational Public Health Services
  • Workforce Recruitment, Development and Retention
  • Environment and Health
  • Heatlh Systems
  • Despair and Health
  • Equity
  • Vapor Products
  • Access to Whole Body Care

For more information, see the full Legislative Priorities document.