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In partnership with the communities we serve, the Health Department assures, promotes and protects the health of the people of Multnomah County.

The Department of Health protects and improves the health of people in Washington State.

Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.

We help ensure a safer and healthier Washington by:

Washington State’s Integrated Climate Response Strategy

This document, Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State’s Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy, lays out a framework to protect our communities, natural resources, and economy from the impacts of climate change and build our capacity to adapt to expected climate changes. It describes how existing and new state policies and programs can better prepare Washington to respond to the impacts of climate change.

Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

The purpose of the Oregon NHMP Risk Assessment is to identify and characterize Oregon’s natural hazards, determine which jurisdictions are most vulnerable to each hazard and estimate potential losses to vulnerable structures and infrastructure and to state facilities from those hazards.

Assessing the state’s level of risk involves three components: characterizing natural hazards, assessing vulnerabilities, and analyzing risk. Characterization involves determining cause and characteristics, documenting historic events, and evaluating future probability of occurrence.

Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

Historical, racial and economic injustices have led to health disparities in Oregon. Certain populations, including communities of color, have been forced to shoulder an unfair share of stressors, while having less access to the resources and opportunities to cope and adapt. These disparities are symptoms of social and environmental conditions that ultimately affect us all, no matter who we are or where we live. They inhibit our ability to reach our public health goals and build resilient communities.

Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan: Climate Resilience Actions for Thurston County and South Puget Sound

The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) prepared the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan — which recommends actions to help Thurston County and the broader South Puget Sound region prepare for and adjust to adverse climate change impacts (adaptation) and bolster resilience. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a National Estuary Program grant for the project. The Washington Department of Commerce administered the funding, and TRPC hired Thurston County and Earth Economics as subcontractors.