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Health and Human Services

Washington County Health and Human Services cares for people, animals and the environment. We envision Washington County as a healthy, equitable and supportive community.

HEALTH ALERT: High lead levels found in eczema cream

Diep Bao cream

February 1, 2023: Shop Me Ca of Herndon, VA has recalled its 10-gram tubes of Diep Bao Cream. The sale of the product has been suspended while FDA, OHA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Read the full announcement on FDA's website.

January 26, 2023: High levels of lead have been found in two tubes of a skin cream known as Diep Bao that’s advertised as treatment for eczema in young children. State and local health officials are urging parents to stop using the product while its safety is investigated. Read the news release.

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  • Administrative Services
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  • Behavioral Health (Mental Health and Addictions)
  • Developmental Disabilities
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    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Environmental Health (includes Vital Records)
    • Health Equity, Planning and Policy (HEPP)
    • Maternal Child & Family Program
    • Medical Examiner Office
    • Research, Analytics, Informatics and Data (RAID)
    • Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
  • Solid Waste & Recycling
Community Health Needs Assessment 2022 (PDF 5.01 MB)
This report is a community-informed and equity-centered health assessment of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties as well as Clark County, Washington.

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): This plan defines how Washington County and community partners come together to improve health equity and address priority health issues

Funding Opportunities: Information on grants being offered through Health and Human Services

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High lead levels found in two tubes of Diep Bao cream used to treat eczema in babies

State and local health officials are urging parents to stop using Diep Bao cream while its safety is investigated.

Mjere Simantel appointed director of Washington County Health and Human Services

Simantel chosen after nationwide, competitive search.