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About Jefferson County Public Health


The staff of Jefferson County Public Health are specialists in various areas of public health: nurses, epidemiologists, sanitarians, hydrologists, dieticians, fisheries biologist, doctor, fiscal experts.

Our services address factors that affect the health of the population of Jefferson County.

We are Jefferson County Public Health - How may we help you?
(staff photo taken July 2016 at a training in Port Townsend)

The local Board of Health  develops policies based on local data to encourage a healthier community. If there is a public health emergency or potential threat, JCPH is the clearing house or the PH fire station - carrying 24-7 beepers, we are able to respond throughout the county.

Everyone is aware of personal health care, Public Health is a shared responsibility of governments and the private sector.  Population health is a service to a group of individuals impacting the larger community, ie; communicable diseases. Treating a person with E-coli bacteria is an example of personal health care services.  Investigating the source of the exposure(s), monitoring, tracking and educating restaurants, grocery stores, and schools to stop the  E-coli outbreak in a community and work to prevent further outbreaks is a public health intervention. We are part of a system; we work together with local doctors and the hospital. 

Mission Statement

The Mission of Jefferson County Public Health is to protect the health of all Jefferson County residents by promoting safe, healthy communities and environments.

JCPH Organization Charts:

JCPH Org Chart

JCPH Admin Oversight Chart


What is Public Health (PH)

JCPH works with county, state, and federal governments, non-profit organizations, and private sector partners to keep people from getting sick and to protect them from health threats. Your local health department assures the safety of the water we drink, the restaurant food we eat, and the air we breathe. Public Health responds to emerging health threats such as H1N1 influenza, provides services to prevent family violence, and offers preventive care. 

Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP)

The Community Health Improvement Plan partnership is an innovative collaboration between Jefferson Healthcare (JCH) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) devoted to identifying the most pressing health priorities for Jefferson County and actions that will lead to improvements.

The CHIP partnership focuses on four Jefferson County health priorities, which were identified through a rigorous community data assessment study and ranked at data assessment meetings. The four health priorities that are focused on include immunizations; access to care; access to mental health and substance abuse care; and healthy eating, active living and chronic disease prevention.


Standards for Public Health in Washington State

     Fact Sheet
Performance Review 2011 for Jefferson County Public Health
    Performance Review Scores for all Washington Counties
     Uninsured Rate Changes in Washington State’s Population Groups: 2013–14    


Guiding Principles from Strategic Planning process

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