Spokane County


The job of public health officials is to monitor the health and well-being of communities. Sometimes routine assessment of the data prompts a deeper dive into issues of potential concern to the community, and sometimes policymakers and public health partners ask for more information on a topic.  Emerging trends or items of interest can be found here. Check back frequently to see what’s catching public attention.

Newsworthy Items

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In Spokane County, youth smoking has been significantly decreasing since 2012 among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. Vaping among youth has increased by 3 times. Currently, 1 in 4 8th, 10th and 12th graders vape in Spokane County. Click on the 'Read More' button below to find out more about youth vaping in Spokane County.

Life expectancy is a key indicator of the overall health of a community. It is the expected number of years of life for a person who was born into a particular community or population. Life expectancy at birth measures the health status of all age groups in the community. Life expectancy is influenced by a range of factors—including zip code, income level, educational attainment, and race. Unfortunately, not everyone in our region has the same opportunities to live long, healthy lives. By focusing efforts and resources in communities that face the most barriers, we can help close the gap.

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Status of Homelessness in Spokane County 2018 Preview Image

Addressing homelessness in Spokane County is a priority for many local organizations. It is a complex issue - rooted in social inequities including poverty, domestic violence, lack of affordable housing, and severe mental health issues. Many organizations provide housing and other social services and those experiencing poverty to prevent homelessness. This report  provides a current 'snapshot' of the homeless population in Spokane County.