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

Communicable Disease

Surveillance Dashboard

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:

  • verifying treatment of persons already ill;
  • securing preventive therapies for individuals who were exposed to infectious agents;
  • investigating and halting outbreaks; and
  • removing harmful health exposures.

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.

Data Highlights

Spokane County adults died from influenza-related complications during the 2018-19 season

new chronic hepatitis C infections were reported in 2018 in Spokane County

cases of whooping cough were reported in 2018 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

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.

Data Highlights

Children served by ECEAP in 2020

adults receiving advocacy-based counseling services in 2020

helpline calls received in 2020