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Transforming Health and Human Services in King County

King County Health and Human Services Transformation

A Forum at the Intersection of Community Development, Health and Human Services

The meeting Building a Healthier King County: A Forum at the Intersection of Community Development, Health and Human Services was co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and King County, and was a step forward in a new health and human services Transformation Plan for the King County region. Innovators from across the fields of community development, housing, health care, public health, human services, philanthropy, and government gathered on December 3, 2013 to explore how we can collaborate to help King County’s neighborhoods and communities thrive and reach their full potential. Health and well-being start, and are sustained, in the places where residents live, learn, work, and play.

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Background on Health and Human Services Transformation

Providing equitable opportunities for all individuals to realize their full potential is one of King County's goals under its Strategic Plan. In November 2012, the Metropolitan King County Council passed Motion 13768 which calls for the King County Executive, in collaboration with a community stakeholder panel informed by local and national expertise, to develop a plan for an accountable and integrated system of health, human services, and community-based prevention and wellness. The plan was transmitted to the Council on June 26, 2013.

Through the work called for by the Motion, we have an opportunity to work together toward system change that achieves the effective, efficient, timely, and culturally competent delivery of health and human services that will be of greatest benefit to the residents of King County. Health care reform is already upon us, and we have a rare opportunity to transform our health and human services systems to offer better customer service, value wellness and recovery, achieve financial sustainability, focus on results, and set us on a path to a more fair and just King County.

The King County Executive's office, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the Department of Community and Human Services are leading the work to respond to Motion 13768, with input from community stakeholders and other experts in system innovation and transformation.


Health and Human Services Transformation plans sent to King County Council

King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted the Health and Human Services Transformation Plan, a response to Motion 13768, to the Metropolitan King County Council on June 26, 2013. The transformation plan details the action steps to reshape the way regional health and human services are delivered in King County, with the goal of providing a more efficient, integrated system that will improve the health and well-being for our most vulnerable residents and communities. Download the plan and related documents.


King County Health and Human Services Transformation Panel


King County Executive Dow Constantine convened the Health and Human Services Transformation Panel at the request of the Metropolitan King County Council via Motion 13768. The Transformation Panel acted in an advisory capacity to the King County Executive's Office and the departments of Public Health - Seattle & King County and the Department of Community and Human Services who collaborated in this work.

Meetings of the Transformation Panel were held on the following dates (click to expand details and see meeting materials.)

  • April 24, 2013 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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  • March 20, 2013 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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  • February 27, 2013 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Learning session, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The February 27 morning session has been designed to help the Transformation Panel gain insights from work taking place in other communities so that this can inform our planning here in King County. Interested stakeholders are welcome to attend; space is limited.

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  • February 6, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mercer Island Community & Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Background information and links


Documents (PDF):

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Video:

  • Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer at the King County Board of Health meeting, February 16, 2012 presenting the Annual Report with a focus on decreasing health inequities in King County:

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