This page offers information about a planning and report development process to address sexually transmitted infections as required by the WA State Legislature (ESSB 5092, section 222.22).
Read the workgroup's report and recommendations to address sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis B (PDF).
- ESSB 5092
Recommending Policy Initiatives and Resources to Address Sexually Transmitted Infections (ESSB 5092)
This past session, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 5092, section 222.22 the state operating budget bill, which included a proviso that charges the Department of Health (DOH) with convening a workgroup to make recommendations concerning funding and policy initiatives to address the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Washington. As stipulated, the workgroup will submit a report to the legislature by December 1, 2022, that includes recommendations prioritized based on need and available funding, to:
- Eradicate congenital syphilis and hepatitis B by 2030;
- Control the spread of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia;
- End the need for confirmatory syphilis testing by the public health laboratory; and
- Expand access to PrEP and PEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis).
Governor's Budget Proviso - STI Work Group and Recommendations
Department of Health
(22) $50,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal 6 year 2022 and $50,000 of the general fund—state appropriation for fiscal year 2023 are provided solely for a work group to make recommendations concerning funding and policy initiatives to address the spread of sexually transmitted infections in Washington.
(a) The work group membership must include, but is not limited to, the following members appointed by the governor:
(i) A representative from the department of health office of infectious disease;
(ii) A representative from the pharmacy quality assurance commission;
(iii) A representative from the Washington medical commission;
(iv) A representative from an organization representing health care providers;
(v) A representative from a local health jurisdiction located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains;
(vi) A representative from a local health jurisdiction located west of the crest of the Cascade mountains;
(vii) At least one representative from an organization working to address health care access barriers for LGBTQ populations;
(viii) At least one representative from an organization working to address health care access barriers for communities of color; and
(ix) At least one representative from an organization working to address health care access barriers for justice involved individuals.
(b) Staff support for the work group shall be provided by the department of health.
(c) The work group shall submit a report to the legislature by 32 December 1, 2022, that includes recommendations to:
(i) Eradicate congenital syphilis and hepatitis B by 2030;
(ii) control the spread of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia;
(iii) end the need for confirmatory syphilis testing by the public health laboratory; and (
d) expand access to PrEP and PEP.
(d) Recommendations provided by the work group must be prioritized based on need and available funding.
- STI Work Group Members
The STI Work Group is comprised of 20, Governor-appointed members that represent the organizations and communities prioritized in ESSB 5092. Administrative support and statewide data will be provided by a small team from the Office of Infectious Disease at the Washington State Department of Health.
School-Based Health Center Coordinator
Peninsula Community Health Services
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Hawai'i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky
Spokane Regional Health District
Benton-Franklin Health District
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
Director, PHSKC HIV/STD Program
Director, UW Center for AIDS and STD
Public Health - Seattle & King County & University of Washington
Prevention Program Manager
Lifelong-Health for All
Planned Parenthood (Olympia) & Olympia Free Clinic
Blue Mountain Heart to Heart
Seattle Indian Health Board
Care Improvement & Innovations Manager
Washington Association for Community Health
Taifa (Nomi) Peaks
Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission
Physician, Jail Health Services
Public Health - Seattle & King County
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Commissioner; Director of Public Affairs
Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Raíz Project with Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Sexual Health & Prevention Program Manager
Washington State Department of Health
Deputy Executive Director
Washington Medical Commission
Development & Communications Manager
People of Color Against AIDS Network
Meetings will be held virtually through 2022. All meetings are open to the public and are barrier free for persons with disabilities. Please email STIworkgroup@doh.wa.gov for additional meeting information, materials, or if accommodation or interpreter services are needed. Participants can join the virtual meeting via web conference or by phone.
Webinar access information, links, and meeting materials will be posted here when available.
- Thursday, June 2, 2022
- 2:40 PM-4:10 PM
- Click here to join the meeting
- Or call in (audio only) +1 564-999-2000,,912525084# United States, Olympia. Phone Conference ID: 912 525 084#
- Materials will be shared prior to each meeting.
- April 22, 2022 - YouTube: https://youtu.be/0hFpeMdFUmA
- March 28, 2022 - YouTube: https://youtu.be/gDYRu5qaxPw
- February 17 - YouTube: https://youtu.be/zMQzg7z43lQ
- January 18, 2022 - YouTube: https://youtu.be/_ifTGXsbfD
- Updates and contact
If you are part of one of the stakeholder groups mentioned in the proviso or another interested party and would like to stay updated on the work group's progress, please send an email to STIworkgroup@doh.wa.gov with a request to be added to the interested parties list.