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.
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.
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.
Public health officials use notifiable condition reporting to help protect the public’s health by tracking communicable diseases and other conditions. Based on these reports, they take protective steps, such as:
Public health also uses investigation data to assess broader patterns, such as historical trends and geographic clustering. By analyzing the broader picture, appropriate actions are taken, including outbreak investigations, program activity redirection, emergency preparedness planning, and policy development.
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 provided school-based dental care
dental chairs additional opened for people to serve more low-income clients
total number of referrals in Dentist Link for Spokane County
YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. YWCA Spokane has served as a source of strength for women and children in the Spokane community for 117 years. On average, we provide services to 15 to 20 thousand women and children annually. Our programs help women escape from domestic violence, get access to legal support, provide a safe place for healing and growth, and grant opportunities for women to learn new skills, increase employment options, and provide access to resources for their children’s education and well-being.