Spokane Community Indicators e-Newsletter

#2 – 2017

INDICATOR NEWS


CDC 2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH STATUS INDICATORS NOW EASY TO COMPARE

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The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an online web application that produces health status profiles for each of the 3,143 counties in the United States and the District of Columbia. The CHSI has been around since 2000 when it was released in "hard copy format" and was produced in its first interactive website in 2008. The CHSI 2015 redesign provides a completely revamped interactive experience, offers…

DATA.WA.GOV - "THE GENERAL PURPOSE OPEN DATA PORTAL FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON"

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This data hub provides access to data sites in Washington State such as: Fiscal.WA.gov, geography.WA.gov, business.WA.gov, Results.WA.gov, education research, a "new and notable" section, a "general data catalog" for the state, and education research.


CHILD WELL-BEING DATA PORTAL - WASHINGTON STATE COUNTY REPORTS

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Washington County Reports offers information on child welfare from the Child Well-Being Data Portal for each county in Washington State with populations over 25,000 people. Produced quarterly, the portal reports on "two major parts of the child welfare system: "Investigations & Assessments and Out-of-Home Care". The report is produced by Partners for Our Children.

Specific to Spokane County, as of January 1, 2017, there were a total of 1,197 open investigations and assessments and as of April 1, 2017, there were a total of 966…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME LAGS THE U.S. AND STATE

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Thinking back to statistics class, mean, median, and mode are familiar terms. Perhaps most commonly used in daily life, the mean, is simply the average of a group of numbers (add the total and divide by how many numbers were added together), while the mode would be the most common number in a group of numbers. Used by this indicator, the median, or the exact middle value of a group of numbers, is the precise point where half of all values are below and half are above.

According to the data source, the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS), "The median divides the income distribution into two equal parts: one-half of the cases falling below the median income and one-half above the…

UNINSURED POPULATION DROPPING DRAMATICALLY

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One of the hottest topics in the latest presidential election and currently in national politics, is health care and health care reform.

The Spokane Indicators site doesn't weigh in on any of the political arguments but simply looks at the data for the total numbers and share of the population who are uninsured in Spokane County. It is inescapable that the changes in this measure have been drastic. Note that this indicator only measures the uninsured rate, not those who are satisfied or dissatisfied…

RESIDENTS ENROLLED IN HIGHER ED. OUTPACING BENCHMARKS

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We often hear about how achieving a college degree is a life changer. Compared to people who have not earned a college degree, statistics show over a lifetime college graduates earn more money, have better access to health care and generally better health, and are less dependent on social services.

The old cliché 'success is when opportunity and preparation meet' applies to college campuses in Spokane. In the 1990's, business leaders were looking to expand higher education access and opportunities, which was foundational in …

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

AL FRENCH - SPOKANE COUNTY COMMISSIONER

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Q: In the nearly two years remaining on your current term as county commissioner, what are the major goals you would like to see accomplished?
A: (A) Spokane County, like many counties in the state is struggling for financial stability in its funding sources. It is generally agreed that the funding model for county government in the state is broken and needs restructuring to address the impacts of the growth management act, unfunded mandates from the state legislature and the courts and a property tax cap on annual increases that does…