News and Announcements
As of the start of February 2015, the community is
now forming the Thurston Thrives
Coordinating Council, backbone structure for the
initiative in its new implementation phase. On
December 9, 2014, the Board of County
Commissioners approved the recommendation from the
November 5, 2014 retreat to establish this structure
to shepherd Thurston Thrives from this point
forward. The TT Coordinating Council is a
public/private partnership designed to support the
initiative’s various action hubs in continuous
communication, measurement of progress, and
promotion. The Thurston County Chamber Foundation
has agreed to serve as fiscal agent for the
Coordinating Council. For more details on this new
and the nomination process for members that is now
to open the FAQ document
Members of the Community Design Action Team,
Thurston Regional Planning Council, other local
private and public partners and hundreds of
residents celebrated on December 13th the
opening of the Chehalis Western Trail final
bridge over the gap of major streets and I-5 at the
Experience the new connection yourself on foot,
bicycle or other active transportation – it’s
between Lilly and Sleater-Kinney Roads on Pacific
Ave., with close-by commercial (Music 6000 and South
Sound Center) and public (Chambers Lake Park on 14th)
parking… or just ride the Woodland Trail or
Chehalis-Western to it (the trails now connect with
a roundabout!) – it’s a great new way to get active
and go places. For more information on the dedication
- The Thurston County Board of Health with the
Thurston Thrives Advisory Council and Action Team
Members held their first annual retreat on
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at the
Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center. The
meetings of the Board, Advisory Council members,
Action Team members and other supporters in the last
two months have focused on charting the course for
Phase 2 of Thurston Thrives, with particular
attention to connections, gaps and opportunities
among the action areas and recommending a
coordinating structure to sustain, promote and
measure essential elements of this initiative to
improve the health of our community. For meeting
information and materials,
All Thurston Thrives Action Teams presented
summaries of their strategies and noteworthy actions
to the Board of Health and Thurston Thrives Advisory
Council at the September 9, 2014 Board of Health
Meeting. To see video of the meeting,
here… To see the meeting
here... Links to the
blogs, where you can join the discussion of each of
the action teams who have presented their
strategies, can be found at the
action teams' pages.
- The Thurston Thrives
initiative officially launched at the April 9, 2013
Thurston County Board
of Health meeting.
- Read the
about the launch of Thurston
- Meet the newly appointed 13-member
Thrives Advisory Council that will work with
the Thurston County Board of Health to develop
an action agenda impacting community health.
- April 2014 was Public Health Month in Thurston
County. It is also marked the one year
anniversary of Thurston Thrives, the Board of
Health’s initiative to boost the health of
everyone in our community.
Click Here...to review a summary of work
last spring to move our community’s health forward
through Thurston Thrives.
What is Thurston Thrives?
Thurston County Board of Health is
joining with community leaders from business, education,
city government, neighborhoods, local charities, social and
medical care groups to honor what we do for our families'
health, to celebrate our collective efforts, and find ways
to do even better together. They call it Thurston
Thurston Thrives is a project aimed at bringing together
community partners of Thurston County around the work we
share. One of the main focuses of the project is to
ensure that our county is thriving through the collaboration
on the public health and social services that we bring to
our community, to honor those who make Thurston County a
healthy and safe place to live, and to align efforts to make
an even bigger difference in the health of our community.
The purpose is to engage our leaders across the board to
move forward an action agenda we can all believe in to
improve health for all Thurston
|When it comes to health, our
community is recognizing the many ways we can
promote it in our daily lives. We can build
health into how we live, learn, work and play.
How can you participate?
Improving health is not a mystery,
really. It takes effort not just from doctors, and not
just from government. It takes action by all parts of
the community. Some of this we commonly associate with
health: Medical care, social services and the environment.
But it is also things we do not always think about as
health: Education, jobs and housing.
We will be reaching out across our community to achieve
these connections and to align efforts behind common goals.
We want to build on what is already going on. What is
new in Thurston Thrives is keeping better in touch with each
other's progress, and supporting each other's work.
Everyone has a part to play in the health of our community -
we hope you will join us to engage this strategic approach.
Because a healthy community is something we all believe in.
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