Environmental Justice in Strategic Plan

Implementation of the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act is deeply aligned with DOH’s Transformational Plan, our vision, and our commitment to equity, innovation, and engagement. To fulfill the HEAL act, we will work on strategies across three of the five key priorities in the Transformational Plan: Health and Wellness, Environmental Health and Health Systems, and Work Force Transformation. We believe our work will affect the strategies in the other two priorities too. Learn more about DOH's Transformational Plan.

The HEAL Act requires covered agencies to include an environmental justice implementation plan within their strategic plan. This plan describes how we will incorporate EJ principles into agency activities. This plan is subject to change pending Tribal consultation, guidance from the Environmental Justice Council, funding and direction from the legislature and the Governor’s office, and the evolving nature of HEAL work. 

DOH Environmental Justice Implementation Plan (PDF)

The Transformational Nature of HEAL - One-Pager (PDF)

We organized the sections of the Implementation Plan by legislated obligation, including Strategic Planning, Community Engagement Planning, Environmental Justice Assessments, and Budgeting and Funding. Tribal consultation, per RCW 70A.02.110, is incorporated in each relevant obligation.  

Each section includes:  

  • An implementation timeline with milestones for what we will do; 
  • A logic model detailing how we will pursue each of these milestones and the activities, outputs, and outcomes for doing so; and 
  • A preliminary evaluation plan to measure progress over time. The evaluation plan gives a basic overview of overall objectives, responsible staff, evaluation questions, process and outcome indicators, identification of data sources, the timeframe for data collection, analysis plans, and communication plans.  

We will update the Implementation Plan biennially to incorporate recommendations made by agency leadership, the HEAL Interagency Workgroup, and the Environmental Justice Council. The plan is flexible to respond to the needs and contributions of tribal governments and public health partners and communities most impacted by environmental health disparities. See the Implementation Plan’s Logic Models for more details of the resources, actions, products, measures, and intended outcomes.