Health Reporting Initiative

Supporting a healthy community


This community-supported journalism project covers health and wellness issues in Snohomish County.

It grew out of a need we heard from readers and leaders for more coverage of health equity, mental and behavioral health, rural healthcare, social and family issues, homelessness, and substance abuse. Legislation, medical trends and advances, and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic all impact these and other health-related issues.

These topics and more are what we explore with our Health Reporting Initiative.

Make a gift today and join others in supporting reporting that directly impacts our community.

Meet our health reporter

Sydney Jackson

Public health affects everyone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, cracks in our country's health care system are more evident than ever. Through my reporting, I want to help keep Snohomish County residents informed and healthy amid the ever-changing and often complex public health landscape.

Sydney Jackson

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Check out these recent Herald health-related stories.

FILE — Paxlovid pills in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 6, 2021. As Covid cases crept up over the summer and new variants have emerged, the basics of preventing and managing the virus have come back into focus — including a critical tool for warding off severe disease and death: the antiviral treatment Paxlovid. (Alex Welsh/The New York Times)

COVID pills ‘sold out everywhere’ in Snohomish County, patients say

As federal COVID treatment programs end, a Paxlovid shortage emerges at local pharmacies. One patient called dozens with no luck.

  • July 6, 2024
Oliver Fitting, 8, (left to right) Armon Desta, 11, and Capri Fitting, 9, and Hermela Desta, 12, close their eyes and brace for a large rush of water to be dumped on them at Hazel Miller Spray Park on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County, here are some safety tips for this week’s heat wave

Stay shady, cover up and slather on the sunscreen, local health experts say.

  • July 5, 2024
Robin Sparks and her husband Gordon Sparks sit at the entrance of the C-Suite Center for Hope on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. Robin founded the C-Suite Center in 2022 as a means to support cancer patients navigate the healthcare system. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As patients ‘get sicker while they wait,’ doctors fight insurance delays

Legislation could help, said Robin Sparks, a Marysville cancer care advocate. Exhausting insurance policies have doctors quitting and patients abandoning care.

  • July 3, 2024

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Our fiscal sponsor

The Daily Herald Education Project is administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36-4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. The mission of Local Media Foundation is to ensure a healthy future for local journalism, which is essential to a strong democracy, by reinventing business models for news. Donations to Local Media Foundation for the Education Project are tax-deductible to the extent of the law, and they will help pay for the Herald’s news resources needed to dig deep into education issues and their ripple effects in Snohomish County. No goods or services are provided in exchange for contributions. Please consult a tax advisor for details.

The Health Reporting Initiative is funded in part by a sponsorship of Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace and a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest.