Spokane County

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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.

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Opioid deaths have been increasing in the last 5 years in Spokane County. To learn more about trends in opioid hospitalizations, youth opioid use, and youth heroin use, click "Read More."

Oral health care access affects one’s overall health and quality of life. If left untreated, tooth decay and gum disease can lead to other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, there are many barriers to equitable oral health care access in Washington state. Data clearly show how these barriers disproportionately impact lower-income households and communities of color. Arcora, The Foundations of Delta Dental of Washington, provides an “Access to Dental Care” interactive dashboard that summarizes dental utilization and access to care in Washington state.

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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.

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