Governor Inslee Appoints Patty Hayes to State Board of Health

Tumwater, WA – February 16, 2022 – Governor Jay Inslee appointed Patty Hayes, former Director of Public Health—Seattle & King County, to the Washington State Board of Health. Hayes fills the position of a person experienced in matters of Health and Sanitation and is currently retired.


Member Hayes’ has worked in public health for 30 years, recently retiring from service in 2021 from Public Health – Seattle & King County. Her previous positions include Executive Director of WithinReach, Assistant Secretary for the State Department of Health’s 's Community Family Health Division, and Director of DOH's Policy Legislative and Constituent Relations Office. Patty received her undergraduate and master's degree from the University of Washington (UW) School of Nursing. Patty has received numerous awards including being inducted into the Washington Nursing Hall of Fame in 2002; the UW Alumna Summa Laude Dignata Award in 2020; and the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service in 2021 from the King County Council.


"The State Board of Health is a critical part of the public health system in Washington state,” said Member Hayes. “I am honored to serve on the Board and bring my experience at the local and state levels to the important work of the Board."  


“Patty is an innovative and compassionate public health leader. Patty has a deep understanding of public health and systemic inequities. Over the course of her career, she has created opportunities that center community voice and help break down institutional barriers so that children, families, and communities can thrive,” said Michelle Davis, executive director of the State Board of Health. “She is adept at navigating important public health policy issues. Her recent experience leading the pandemic response for her community, and commitment to equity will help the Board meaningfully engage the public and its partners in our work ahead.”


Member Hayes is expected to join the next online Board meeting, March 9. A draft agenda for the meeting will be disseminated Feb 23. Subscribe to our email distribution list, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest news and information about Board meetings and rulemaking projects.




Established by the state constitution in 1889, the State Board of Health has served the people of Washington for 132 years, providing leadership and advancing public health practices that protect and improve the public’s health. Our work focuses on analyzing policies, developing rules, promoting partnerships, and encouraging public engagement in the public health system.


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