Public Health

"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Jennifer Johnson

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Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.

How to Obtain a Copy of My Medical Record

Skagit County Public Health will release your medical information to you or any agency that you designate after receiving your completed Authorization for Exchange of Information application. Return the completed application to us along with the appropriate fee prior to us releasing your information.

Please contact Skagit County Public Health at (360) 336-9380 to determine the correct fee as our prices do vary. There is no fee for releasing medical records to doctor’s offices, or immunization records to schools.

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Clinical Services Notice

Effective December 15, 2014, we will no longer be providing travel clinical services to out of county residents.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  We have listed the surrounding county health departments or districts phone number for your convenience.  We would recommend calling them to inquire what services are available in your area.

Island County: 
Oak Harbor & North Whidbey (360) 240-5554 extension 22
South Whidbey (360) 221-8482
Camano Island (360) 387-0184

San Juan County   (360) 378-4474

Snohomish Health District:
Everett location (425) 339-5220
Lynnwood location (425) 775-3522

Whatcom County  (360) 676-4593

Enterovirus D68, Acute Flaccid Myelitis

A summary of Enterovirus D68 activity for 2014 is now available from CDC .  This cold-like virus showed a significant increase in prevalence in 2014 and can have serious health impacts for children with asthma or other respiratory problems.
CDC continues to work with health care professionals and state and local health departments to investigate reports of children who develop sudden onset of weakness in arms or legs, known as Acute Flaccid Myelitis.  A small number of cases have been linked to Enterovirus D68 infections and other viral infections may be associated with Acute Flaccid Myelitis.  More information on the investigation and resources for health care professionals

Food Worker Cards Available Online

Do you work in Food Service? Food Worker cards are required for any employee in a food service establishment. Do you need to obtain a food worker card or renew an existing one? It is now more convenient than ever!

Skagit County Public Health Department is pleased to announce an Online Food Worker Card Class. Participants can take the training and test, pay by credit card and print out a food worker card from any computer. Follow this link: The video and test are available in multiple languages on this site. The Health Department will continue to offer testing at our Mount Vernon office Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

For more information, check Food Worker Card Frequently Asked Questions on our website or call the Health Department food safety staff at (360) 416-1555.

Vaccination Planning
"Walk In" clinic for immunizations is open:
Monday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Travelers MUST check in NO later than 2:30

Travel consultations are by appointment only. 
Wednesday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Call the phone number listed below to schedule an appointment.
We carry all domestic and travel vaccines.
Our address is 700 South 2nd St. Administration Building, Room 301.
Phone (360) 336-9477.

Administration, Food & Beverage Testing, Vital Statistics: (360) 336-9380 *
Nursing Clinics and Personal Health Services: (360) 336-9477 *
FAX: (360) 336 9401

Environmental Public Health
1800 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Environmental Health: (360) 416-1555 *
FAX: (360) 419-3408

*See Program and Services Guide for specific phone numbers and hours
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