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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There were 5,560 deaths in 2022 among Spokane County residents. The leading causes of death remain as cancer and heart disease. Click "Read More" to learn more about the leading causes of death in Spokane County.

In Spokane County, the opioid overdose death rate slightly exceeds that in Washington State. Opioid overdose death rates recorded was 156 in 2022. To learn more about opioid death rates, click "Read More."

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In Spokane County, there were 5,865 births in 2022. To learn more about birth risk factors and outcomes, click "Read More."