In 2016, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Board of Health passed a Health in All Policies resolution directing the agency to consider health in all their policies. Agency staff now use a health lens analysis tool for all actions of the Board of Health and department.
While Tacoma-Pierce County is only 10% Latino, this population is growing, with many foreign-born residents. In late 2015 a group of Latino activists worked with the City to hold a Latino Roundtable, which was attended by 40 people.
Faced with a history of community distrust, anger and grief, Tacoma has chosen to invest in equity both internally and externally.