Promoting Public Health

The Human Services Department invests over $12.6 million annually to Public Health in Seattle & King County, to improve our communities, eliminate health inequities and maximize the lifespan of all Seattle residents. These investments are intended to ensure all residents have access to preventative care, primary care, specialty care, urgent care, mental health services, and substance abuse disorder services. The goal of the available programs and services is that all people living in Seattle experience moderate to optimum health conditions.

On July 6th, 2016, Mayor Ed Murray announced that a new mobile medical clinic began operations to help address the Homeless State of Emergency, offering better access to medical, mental health and chemical dependency services at various sites around Seattle. On June 9th, 2016, the Human Services Department awarded $2M in community health care facility funding for capital improvements. Following a competitive funding process, NeighborCare Health, Country Doctor Community Health Centers and International Community Health Services were selected as recipients for this funding. 

Programs and Services: 

Health Care for the Homeless Network - Health care for Homeless Network is a multiple site format that meets patients where they are living; whether that be on our streets, in shelters or in supportive housing. This platform connects individuals to accessing basic health care services.  

Community Health Centers - The City supports a network of 19 community health centers. Through these centers, patients have access to primary medical and dental care.   

HIV Prevention and Education - The City supports both community-based and County-based programs, as well as education outreach services, that target high risk individuals with education and testing.  In addition, high risk individuals gain access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce exposure to HIV.  

HIV/AIDS Case Management - Through five programs, individuals living with HIV/AIDS receive non-medical case management services to improve their health outcomes and quality of life.  

Methadone Treatment Access - Through two Methadone treatment programs, individuals are provided psycho-social assistance in order to succeed in their treatment.  

Needle Exchange - The Needle Exchange program facilitates the exchange of approximately 4 million syringes per year, counseling and referral services. This County program ensures that HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne pathogens are not spread through the community of intravenous substance users.  

Community-Based Oral Health - Through the County dental program, sealants are applied to 2nd and 3rd graders in 23 grade schools in the City.  

Buprenorphine Pathways - The Downtown Public Health Center serves individuals with substance use disorders. Individuals can engage in medication assisted treatment.  

Homeless Outreach and Case Management - Through the County run Kids Plus program, outreach is provided to homeless women and their children. Quick access into housing and social services are also provided.