When Oregon pioneers settled in the Pacific Northwest, they brought their own remedies to treat sickness and disease. Their medicine ranged from cobwebs for cuts to spirit-soaked sunflower seeds for rheumatism. The universal remedy: whiskey!

One hundred-sixty years later, Multnomah County provides comprehensive health services for tens of thousands of residents, from pregnant and parenting families to the treatment of HIV/AIDS, from food safety inspections to anti-violence campaigns. 

Now, the Multnomah County Health Department is building a new efficient headquarters that reflects state-of-the-art care, prevention and disease surveillance. It’s a major accomplishment for the county, which has been committed to public health since its beginning.