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Meet Our Board Members

The Board has ten members. The Governor appoints nine individuals. The tenth person is the Secretary of Health. The Secretary may choose someone to attend for him when he is not available. The Board is comprised of:

  • Four people represent health and sanitation, one of whom represents Native American tribes.
  • One elected official represents state cities and is a member of a local health board.
  • One elected official represents state counties and is a member of a local health board.
  • One local health officer represents state local health jurisdictions.
  • Two people represent consumers of health care.

Please send your questions, comments, or information for the Board members to:

Member Patty Hayes
Health and Sanitation
Photo of Member Kelly Oshiro
Consumer of Health Care
Photo portrait of Board Member Dr. Socia Love-Thurman
Health and Sanitation
Board Member Abdelmalek
Local Health Officer
Stephen Kutz
Health and Sanitation, Native American Tribes
Photo of Board member Melinda Flores
Consumer of Health Care
Kate Dean
County Elected Official Serving on a Local Board of Health
Photo of Board Member Paj Nandi
Health and Sanitation
Umair Shah
Secretary, Dept. of Health

Our Authority, Powers and Duties

  • We do business as granted to us by the Washington State Legislature.
  • Read our bylaws to understand how we operate, including our membership, board officers, committees, meetings, and more.
  • Our powers and duties explain the scope of our work
  • Our State Health Report highlights public health initiatives for the Governor.
  • Read our Strategic Plan to learn about our goals and how we support our core mission.

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