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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Suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in Spokane County in 2019. Factors that increase the risk of suicide include a history of depression or mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, a family history of suicide or violence, and feelings of being alone. Suicide affects the individual’s family and friends, but also the community as a whole.

The leading causes of death among Spokane County residents in 2019 were cancer and heart disease. The proportion of deaths from these two causes of death has decreased since 2000 to a low of 38.1% in 2019. Click "Read More" to learn more about the leading causes of death in Spokane County.

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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.