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April 28 is the day to thank an environmental health specialist for your great meal, healthy daycare and safe pool

They number just 25. But the team of environmental health specialists at Multnomah County daily keep food, water and air safe for all residents and visitors. On Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners declared Monday, April 28 as Environmental Health Specialist Day.


Walking the talk: Meet Multnomah County's new chief diversity and equity officer

Ben Duncan starts his tenure as the county’s chief diversity and equity officer with a very clear and ambitious idea of what he hopes to achieve.


Multnomah County 2014 Public Health Heroes

Multnomah County named two long-time Portland nonprofits, an innovative Native American collaborative and a Health Department social worker as the 2014 Public Health Heroes.


Measles diagnosed in local child who traveled overseas

Local health officials have learned of a case of measles in an unimmunized infant who recently visited overseas. The child passed briefly through the Portland International Airport on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed at a local primary care clinic


Social Security Administration announces Safety Net clients will get April benefits on time

Stanley Friendship, regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, said former Safety Net clients will get their April checks on time. 


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About Multnomah County

Population: Approximately 748,000 residents (the most populous of Oregon's 36 counties)

Geography: 465 square miles (the smallest of Oregon's counties)

Cities: Fairview, Gresham, Maywood Park, Portland, Troutdale, Wood Village

County Employees: About 5,600 people.

Functions: Services for seniors and disabled people, animal services, assessment and taxation, bridges, community justice, courts, elections, health, jails, libraries, marriage licenses and passports, school and community partnerships.

Elected officials: Four commissioners elected to the board by district. Elected countywide are a board chair, sheriff, district attorney and auditor.

Weekly board meetings: At 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, first-floor board room, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. 

County History: Created on Dec22, 1854 and named after native people in the region.