OLYMPIA — Communities in Washington would have access to an innovative new approach to local public health improvements under a bill passed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate this afternoon. SB 5052 would establish a Health Equity Zones program in Washington to address health disparities in communities of color and other communities with disproportionately poor health outcomes—from pre-term births to diabetes to high blood pressure to COVID-19. “We need a bottom-up focus on communities,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), the bill’s sponsor. “There is no silver bullet to eliminate health disparities, but this bill helps our public health authorities do the hard work of developing trust, doing outreach, building capacity, and increasing health care access.” Modeled after a highly ...Read More
About Sen. Keiser
President Pro Tempore; Chair of Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee
Sen. Karen Keiser represents Washington state’s 33rd Legislative District, which includes a number of suburbs south of Seattle, including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Burien. During her tenure as an elected official, she has held several leadership positions in the Washington State Legislature. Those positions include chairing the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and serving as lead Senate Democratic negotiator on the Capital Budget. She currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Washington State Senate, presiding over the chamber when the lieutenant governor is unavailable.
Read Sen. Keiser’s full biography here.