Public Health Metrics

Whatcom Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Nurse-Family Parternship Number of Home Visits Annually

As part of a community wide effort to improve the health and well-being of Whatcom County children, the Whatcom Nurse-Family Partnership is a program that pairs a first-time pregnant woman with a public health nurse who regularly visits the home to support the family until the child is two years old. The program engages vulnerable first-time mothers to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development, and improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family. The Health Department began implementing the program in 2012.

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Food Safety Program

Number of Food Safety Inspections Annually

The Food Safety Program is responsible for permitting and inspecting retail food establishments in Whatcom County such as restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, school cafeterias and mobile food vendors. The Food Safety Program also permits and inspects farmer's markets, temporary food events and soup kitchens. 

Food safety is important to each member of our community. The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans get sick each year from food borne illnesses.

Whatcom County permits about 1300 permanent food establishments. Managers and food workers are trained to handle food safety and must pass the Washington State food worker training test. All food establishments must comply with the Washington State Retail Food Code.

In addition to routine inspections, the food safety program staff help to prevent food-borne illness in Whatcom County by:

  • Consulting with individuals who want to start a food business.
  • Investigating food-borne illness reports.
  • Investigating complaints about unsanitary conditions.
  • Teaching food workers, students and community members about safe food handling.
  • Notifying food establishment operators about recalls affecting Washington State.
  • Monitoring recreational shellfish harvesting and notifying the public if biotoxins rise to unsafe levels.

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