Publications

Strategic Plan
Our goals focus on strengthening the public health system, promoting prevention to improve health and wellness, promoting health equity, and promoting healthy and safe environments. These goals support our core mission of providing statewide leadership in developing and promoting policies that prevent disease and improve and protect the public's health, for all people living in our state.
 
State Health Report
We are responsible for producing a State Health Report every two years that outlines health priorities facing the people of Washington. The report highlights strategic directions and high level initiatives that deserve the attention of the Governor and state Legislators; and senior management across state agencies.  The Governor must approve, modify, or disapprove the report, according to statute.
 
Keeping of Animals Report
This report provides information about the Board’s Keeping of Animals rule. The report aims to reset and restart work on the update of the Keeping of Animals rule with fresh policy direction from the Board. The paper also lists additional policy ideas for other Board involvement in the issues.
 
Immunizations Screening Criteria
We have authority to adopt rules establishing the immunization requirements for child care or school entry. The Board considers factors other than those considered by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to address the unique needs of our state. The Board approaches these decisions by using Board developed rationale and criteria outlined in the Immunizations Screening Criteria document.
 
Newborn Screening Criteria
We have authority to adopt rules for the screening of newborns in Washington, including the list of conditions for which all newborns must be screened. In order to determine which conditions to include in the newborn screening panel, the Board convenes a technical advisory committee to evaluate candidate conditions using guiding principles and an established set of criteria outlined in the Newborn Screening Criteria document.