Healthy Communities

Our Healthy Communities Prevention Coordinator, ECEAP Coordinator, Health & Nutrition Program Coordinator and Affordable Housing Coordinator, and Division Manager develop, implement and oversee community-based programs and services aimed at utilizing policy, systems and environmental approaches to improved health. Healthy Communities will also lead county-wide community health assessment work to more fully understand and evaluate the needs of the community, and to ensure we have programs and services that allow our community to flourish and thrive.  


Our programs include:


Oral Health Initiatives

We provide county-wide coordination of oral health systems strengthening, including work with local and regional providers, and bringing dental vans to our county to address unmet oral health needs.


Community Wellness & Resilience Initiatives

Hosting Tour de Family Community Bike Rides.

Community conversations to build awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and fostering resilience.

Cooking demonstrations, Complete Streets Policy Work, Nourish to Flourish coalition to end hunger, building community garden projects.


Early Learning & ECEAP

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Preschool Programs (ECEAP) on Orcas and Lopez Islands serve children and their families. Additional services through ECEAP include nutrition and health education, family support services, health screenings, and assisting preschools and families in kindergarten readiness.

The Mobility Mentoring Program is also offered to ECEAP families to assist families in setting targeted economic and parenting goals, which has demonstrated improved child and family outcomes!



Our Prevention team promotes youth mental health, reduced delinquency, & improved school performance with a priority placed on preventing and reducing youth use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs & other drugs.

We participate in and lead county-wide prevention coalition efforts, in collaboration with our schools, law enforcement to build protective factors and resilience in our youth.

We have strong and committed youth who are leading the way to bright and healthy futures!



A wide variety of affordable housing programs are managed by H&CS include rental subsidies, first time home buyer down payment assistance and Equity Loan Program, affordable housing construction and rehabilitation grants include Community Development Block Grants oversight, oversight of the County’s Five-Year Homeless Plan, and more.

  1. Ellen Wilcox, MSW, MPH

    Phone: 360-370-7513

  2. Cynthia Stark-Wickman

    Prevention Coalition Coordinator
    Phone: 360-370-7516

  3. Ethna Flanagan

    ECEAP Coordinator
    Phone: 360-370-0593

  4. Kristen Rezabek, MS, RD, CD, CDE

    Health and Nutrition Program Coordinator
    Phone: 360-370-7518

  5. Ryan Page

    Affordable Housing Coordinator
    Phone: 360-370-0590