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News and Announcements

  • Thurston Thrives has a new website, visit

  • On September 15th, the Community Design Action Team project, Active Design for a Healthier Community, awarded finalist status in Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge.

  • The Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council will meet on Monday, September 19th, 3:00PM  at the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW.  For more meeting information, click here…

  • The Thurston County Chamber Foundation, fiscal agent for Thurston Thrives as a public-private partnership, is now hosting the Thurston Thrives website. The site has new features, including a calendar listing all main action team meetings.  Please find it at

  • For 2016, membership on the Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council has changed:  As of the February meeting, Peter Brennan, Providence St. Peter Foundation (as philanthropy rep., taking the place of Liz Davis, who became staff to the Coordinating Council), J.W. Foster, City of Yelm (south county local government rep., taking the place of Dennis McVey), Cynthia Pratt, City of Lacey (local government rep.), and Mark Freedman, Thurston County Public Health & Social Services (as Clinical/Emergency Care Action Team rep.) all joined the Council.

  • Our community’s initiative to improve the health of all residents will be guided by a coordinating council as more and more people continue to act on the strategies developed in 2013-2014.  The Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council (TTCC) will have its first meeting, convened by the Thurston County Chamber Foundation as fiscal agent, on April 23, 2015.  The initial ten (10) members of the Council,

    Three (3) members from Business (Doug DeForest, Thurston Transit Oriented Development; David Schaffert, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce; and Cheryl Selby, Vivala);
    Two (2) members from Education (Tammie Jensen-Tabor, Tumwater School District; Vicky Lamoreaux, North Thurston Public Schools);
    Three (3) members from Government (Dennis McVey, City of Rainier; Jeannine Roe, City of Olympia; and Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner);
    Three (3) members from Philanthropy (Liz Davis, NW Venture Philanthropy; Paul Knox, United Way of Thurston County; Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound);
    One (1) member from the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (Schelli Slaughter, Family Support Center of South Sound);
    will be joined by the nominees from the Action Teams, an education sector representatives and a member from the new Law & Justice action area, who are anticipated to be confirmed at that first meeting:
    Bud Blake, Thurston County Commissioner, from Housing;
    Christina Daniels, Puget Sound Capital, from Economy;
    Kevin Haughton, MD, Physicians of SW Washington, from Clinical Care;
    Karen Messmer, Olympia Safe Streets, from Community Design;
    Art Starry, Thurston County Public Heath and Social Services, from Environment;
    Meghan Sullivan, TOGETHER! from Child & Youth Resilience, Community Resilience & Education;
    Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, from Public Safety & Justice.
    Katie Rains, GruB, from Food;
    Two (2) at-large community representatives are expected to be selected by the TTCC thereafter. 

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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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