Public health — Required measurable outcomes.
(1) Protecting the public's health across the state is a fundamental responsibility of the state. With any new state funding of the public health system as appropriated for the purposes of *sections 60 through 65 of this act, the state expects that measurable benefits will be realized to the health of the residents of Washington. A transparent process that shows the impact of increased public health spending on performance measures related to the health outcomes in subsection (2) of this section is of great value to the state and its residents. In addition, a well-funded public health system is expected to become a more integral part of the state's emergency preparedness system.
(2) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for the purposes of *sections 60 through 65 of this act, distributions to local health jurisdictions shall deliver the following outcomes:
(a) Create a disease response system capable of responding at all times;
(b) Stop the increase in, and reduce, sexually transmitted disease rates;
(c) Reduce vaccine preventable diseases;
(d) Build capacity to quickly contain disease outbreaks;
(e) Decrease childhood and adult obesity and types I and II diabetes rates, and resulting kidney failure and dialysis;
(f) Increase childhood immunization rates;
(g) Improve birth outcomes and decrease child abuse;
(h) Reduce animal-to-human disease rates; and
(i) Monitor and protect drinking water across jurisdictional boundaries.
(3) Benchmarks for these outcomes shall be drawn from the national healthy people 2010 goals, other reliable data sets, and any subsequent national goals.
[2007 c 259 § 60.]
| *Reviser's note: "Sections 60 through 65 of this act" include this section, RCW 43.70.514 through 43.70.518, and43.70.522 , and the 2007 c 259 amendments to RCW 43.70.520. RCW 43.70.518 was repealed by 2009 c 518 § 10.|
Severability -- Subheadings not law -- 2007 c 259: See notes following RCW 41.05.033.