The Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities is OUR plan to increase the number of in Washington who are healthy at every stage of life where they live, learn, work, and play. This statewide plan for building Healthy Communities aligns our priorities and strategies with national, state, and local prevention efforts. It will be a road-map for implementing chronic disease prevention efforts in our communities.
As of mid-June 2014, teens under the age of 18 are banned from using tanning beds in Washington state under a measure signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Because sun and UV exposure in childhood and the teenage years can be highly damaging, policymakers in some states are regulating minors' use of tanning devices, such as tanning beds. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
We are planning to make improvements on our electronic briefer and our web site. So we conducted a survey of our partners to help guide our process. The survey went out via email and through our monthly e-briefer to roughly 200 individuals who are associated with the partnership. Of the 43 respondents, 36 completed the survey. Over two-thirds identified themselves as public health or non-profit professionals. Here are some changes that we plan to make based on the survey results:
Change the "Monthly Briefer" name to "Cancer Connection."
Continue to send the Cancer Connection out monthly.
Improve layout of the web site to make it easier to navigate.
Add articles, such as cancer prevention and new screening tools, and more resources on the web site.
Click here to see the survey results.
Skin Cancer Press Release Goes Viral. Just in time for summer, the Washington State Department of Health sent out a press release along with the maps on this page. The press release was picked up by every major news outlet in the Washington State and when the Associated Press picked up the story, it went national (i.e., the Washington Times) and even international (i.e., the Daily Mail in the UK). KUOW, the NPR station in the greater Seattle area did a story on this issue, which featured a short interview of Steven Garrett. The interview and maps are posted on the KUOW web site.
Our latest monthly briefer can be read by clicking here.