About Thurston Thrives  

LOGO: Thurston Thrives!

News and Announcements

  • The Thurston County Board of Health with the Thurston Thrives Advisory Council and Action Team Members will hold their first annual retreat on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center. For meeting information and materials, click here...

  • 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 review a summary of work in the last month to move our community’s health forward through Thurston Thrives.

  • The Thurston Thrives initiative officially launched at the April 9, 2013 Thurston County Board of Health meeting.
    • Read the news release about the launch of Thurston Thrives.
    • Meet the newly appointed 13-member Thurston Thrives Advisory Council that will work with the Thurston County Board of Health to develop an action agenda impacting community health.
  • The Thurston Thrives Food Action Team, led by Robert Coit of the Thurston County Food Bank, presented its preliminary recommendations on June 11, 2013. The full packet of information is available on the meetings page. New blogs for Education and Child & Youth Resilience have been started to allow the community to comment on the proposed strategies of these action teams.

    The Economy Action Team led by Michael Cade presented its recommendations at the August meeting, and the Community Design Action Team was next with a presentation in September. The Housing Action Team led by Board of Health Chair Karen Valenzuela was the final action team to present in 2013. The full packets of information from each of these presentations are available on the meetings page. Links to 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.

What is Thurston Thrives?

The 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 Thrives!

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 County residents.


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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This page last updated: 10/15/14