Spokane County

Initiatives & Performance

Striving for results, communicating progress.

No one organization is solely responsible for the public’s health and well-being. Everyone has a role. Spokane Regional Health District partners with many other organizations and individuals in the community to improve health and well-being. The Initiatives and Performance section of County Health Insights hosts information and data related to key strategic initiatives of SRHD and its partners.  The Data Center at SRHD supports these initiatives with data, evaluation and technical assistance.  Scroll down to learn more.

State of Women & Children

Women Helping Women Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create health families and vibrant communities. The WHWF has been working to identify critical areas that impact disadvantaged women and children in the greater Spokane area. The goal is to raise awareness and ignite action to improve key issues affecting the well-being of women and children in this community. 

Data Highlights

single-female-headed households could not afford to meet basic needs in 2016

babies born affected by maternal substance use in 2017

accepted referral for child abuse in 2017

Opioid Dashboard

Opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically over the last two decades, leading federal authorities to declare an epidemic. Though the opioid death rate in Spokane county has decreased since 2006, non-fatal opioid events continue to increase. Opioid overdose hospitalizations have increased 2.5-fold since 2004.  Opioids are highly addictive substances and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality due to widespread misuse. In the past 10 years, more than 500 people have died from opioid-related deaths in Spokane County–about 4 people per month.

Data Highlights

unintentional opioid related deaths in 2017 in Spokane County

patients with at least one opioid prescription in 2018 in Spokane County

opioid overdose hospitalizations in 2017 in Spokane County

SMILE Spokane Oral Health

Smile Spokane is a Local Impact Network (LIN) which brings together committed community partners who blend resources to improve oral health for those in the community who need it most.  The LIN is focusing on addressing factors that influence oral health including disease prevention, access to dental care, and healthy behaviors. The goal is to make measurable progress toward oral health equity in three to five years by creating a sustainable network of resources. It is the commitment of the LIN partners to demonstrate accountability to the public and stakeholders impacted by this work. LIN partners are developing measures to track the network performance over time. This work is underway. Please check back soon.


Kids Served


kids provided school-based dental care

Goal In Progress

Expand Access


dental chairs additional opened for people to serve more low-income clients

Goal In Progress

Referrals for Care


total number of referrals in Dentist Link for Spokane County

Goal In Progress