Patty Hayes is the appointed Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. Prior to her role as Director, Patty led the department’s largest division, Community Health Services. In this capacity, Patty oversaw the development of programs and services for low income and homeless individual as well as families in King County. This includes the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Maternal Child Health, School Based Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless and Primary Care/Dental Care delivery in the King County’s Public Health Centers.
Patty has over 25 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. Prior to this, Patty was the Executive Director of WithinReach, a statewide non-profit that connects families to food and health resources and previously worked for the Washington State Department of Health in various positions including Assistant Secretary of Health for Community & Family Health as well as the Director of Legislative, Policy and Constituent Relations. In 2015, Patty received the Cynthia F. Shurtleff Award, a statewide honor that recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to the health and well-being of women, children and families in Washington. In 2014, Patty received the Heroine of Health Care award from the Center of Women and Democracy. Patty has her nursing and master degrees from the University of Washington School of Nursing and was inducted into the Washington Nursing Hall of Fame in 2002.