Promoting Public Health

The Seattle Human Services Department invests annually in public health, to improve our communities, eliminate health inequities and maximize the lifespan of Seattle residents. These investments are intended to ensure all residents have access to preventive care, primary care, specialty care, urgent care, mental health services, and substance abuse disorder services. Our goal is to ensure that all people living in Seattle experience moderate to optimum health conditions.

Programs and Services include:

Buprenorphine Pathways & Methadone Treatment Access

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

Community Health Centers

The City of Seattle supports a network of community health centers. Through these centers, patients have access to primary medical and dental care.

Dental Clinics

Through community-based oral health programs, like Public Health — Seattle & King County's dental clinics and other resources, oral health care is brought directly to students in grade schools, people living unsheltered, and other underserved communities in our city.  

Health Care for the Homeless Network

Health Care for the Homeless Network (HCHN) provides health care services to people experiencing homelessness in King County and leadership to help change the conditions that deprive our neighbors of home and health.

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.

HIV Prevention and Education

The City of Seattle 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.

Kids Plus Program

King County's Kids Plus program is a multidisciplinary team of nurses and social workers, addressing the health and social needs of children and families experiencing homelessness. We specialize in medical case management, yet we are able to address a host of needs that impact the health and well-being of children.

Needle Exchange

The Needle Exchange program facilitates the exchange of approximately four 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.