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The Board is expanding from 8 elected officials and 3 health professionals to 8 elected officials and 8 non-elected people who represent the public, healthcare, and other community stakeholders. One non-elected Board Member must have expertise in environmental health.

To learn more, please join us at one of our online open houses via Zoom, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2-3:30 pm or Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 6-7:30 pm:

Translation or other formats are available upon request – please email KCBOHAdmin@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-4600. Please let us know at least five days before the open house if you would like interpretive services. Spanish and ASL will be provided.

¿Está interesado en proteger y promover la salud de los residentes del condado de King? ¡Traiga su valiosa voz a la Consejería de Salud! La Consejería está buscando nuevos miembros para servir comenzando en el 2023. Las solicitudes para unirse a la Consejería son bienvenidas de los residentes del condado de King que comparten un compromiso con los principios de Salud Pública y abordan el racismo como una crisis de salud pública, incluyendo proveedores de salud pública y de atención médica, personas con experiencia en programas de salud pública, aquellos que trabajan para abordar las inequidades en salud y aquellos que tienen permisos con Salud Pública.

El plazo para las solicitudes se vence el 30 de junio de 2022.

Para obtener más información, visite nuestro sitio web y únase a nosotros en una de nuestras jornadas de puertas abiertas virtuales a través de Zoom el sábado 21 de mayo, de 2 a 3:30 p.m. o el martes 24 de mayo, de 6-7:30 pm:

La traducción u otros formatos estarán disponibles a pedido; favor de enviar un correo electrónico a KCBOHAdmin@kingcounty.gov o llamar al 206-296-4600. Por favor háganos saber al menos cinco días antes de la jornada de puertas abiertas si desea servicios de interpretación. Se proporcionará español y lengua de signos americano.

The composition of the Board of Health is changing! Applications to join the Board are welcomed from people representing public health, health care facilities and providers; public health consumers; and other community partners.

The role of the Board is to advocate for the preservation, promotion, and protection of public health, prevent the spread of disease, set local public health regulations and some fees and licenses, and enforce state and local public health laws. The Board does not have appropriation (budget) authority. The Board takes a racial equity approach to its work, and expects its members to be committed to racial equity and ending the impacts of racism on health.

The Board is responsible for:

Passing rules and regulations pertaining to public health (not health care) most typically around issues relating to the spread of communicable disease, nuisances like rodents, septic systems, and food establishments like restaurants. For example, the Board sets fees that the Health Department charges for restaurant inspections, creates rules to control of rabies in pets, and establishes laws such as regulating e-cigarettes.

Creating and passing resolutions, which are policy statements in support of projects or programs. Resolutions are not legally enforceable, but represent the voice of the Board in support of such issues as supporting funding for public health and declaring racism to be a public health crisis.
Using expert testimony and research, the Board creates guidelines and recommendations that may be adopted by various entities. For example, the Board has developed guidelines for healthy vending machines and recommendations for the components of healthy housing.

Read more about the role and responsibilities of the Board of Health.

Over the years, the Board of Health has enacted countless measures to improve the health and well-being of King County residents, including banning trans fats in restaurants, regulating e-cigarettes and establishing the secure medicine return program.

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Current membership roster of the King County Board of Health

The 11-member board is comprised of three health professionals and eight elected officials who serve terms ranging from one to three years. The Board of Health meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Metropolitan King County Council Chambers, unless otherwise specified. The composition of the board will change in January 2023 (See callout box above for a description of changes to the Board).

King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave, Suite #1200, Seattle, WA 98104
www.kingcounty.gov/council
Members are appointed for one year terms by the King County Council.

  • Joe McDermott
    Chair
    District 8
    Term expires December 21, 2022
  • Girmay Zahilay
    Vice-Chair
    District 2
    Term expires December 21, 2022
  • Rod Dembowski
    Alternate member representing the King County Council
    District 1
    Term expires December 21, 2022
  • Jeanne Kohl-Welles
    District 4
    Term expires December 21, 2022
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104
www.seattle.gov/council
Members are appointed for one year terms by the Seattle City Council.

Members are appointed for one year terms by the Sound Cities Association.

Health professional members are appointed by the other members of the board to three year terms including two voting members and one non-voting member.

Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Suite #1300, Seattle, WA 98104
www.kingcounty.gov/health

  • Dennis Worsham, Interim Director of Public Health - Seattle & King County
    Executive Secretary and Administrative Officer of the Board

  • Susie Levy, MPH, Government Affairs Analyst
    Board of Health Administrator

If you have any questions about the Board of Health, please use our online form or call 206-296-4600.

Mailing address:

King County Board of Health
ATTN: Board of Health Administrator
401 5th Ave., Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104

Email: KCBOHAdmin@kingcounty.gov