The Assessment Program collects internal and external data to determine the impact
of public health programs and ensure the Kittitas County Public Health Department
and the community are doing the right things and doing things right. Assessment
staff is responsible for:
- Collecting, tracking, analyzing, and disseminating a broad range of health and injury
data about Kittitas County.
- Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating internal data on health department program
performance, effectiveness, and efficiency.
A community health assessment engages community members and local public
health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data and information
from a variety of sources. The findings of the community health assessment inform
community decision-making, the prioritization of health problems, and the development
and implementation of a community health improvement plan.
A community health improvement plan is action-oriented and outlines the community
health priorities (based on the community health assessment and community input).
The plan also includes how the priority issues will be addressed to improve the
health of the community.
Services & Activities
We complete a comprehensive community health assessment in collaboration with local
public health system partners and community members every five years. This assessment
leads to the development of a community health improvement plan.
2012 Kittitas County
2013 - 2017 Kittitas County
Community Health Improvement Plan
Previous Community Health Assessments
We can help you find any health, population, behavioral, injury, or other data you
may be looking for. Just give us a call at 509-962-7515. Here is some of the data
we've published and distributed:
"In Your Classroom" fact sheets contain health information about students in the
sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades in Kittitas County. These sheets are distributed
to Kittitas County schools each fall.
In 2009, we conducted a study on adolescent immunizations. This report includes
estimates of adolescent immunization rates and parent opinions on immunization.
Assessment is one of three core functions of Public Health as identified by the
Institute of Medicine in a 1989 report. Likewise, assessment is the cornerstone
of the public health system in Washington State and in Kittitas County.
Within the Department, Community Health Assessment also develops and implements
program evaluation and quality improvement processes for all programs.
Facts & Figures
- Kittitas County is the 2nd healthiest county in Washington State according to the
County Health Rankings.
- The leading cause of hospitalization among children in Kittitas County is respiratory
- The two leading causes of death in Kittitas County are cardiovascular disease and
- 2012 Community Health Survey Highlights:
- 64% of Kittitas County residents surveyed rated Kittitas County as a "healthy" or
"very healthy" community.
- Over 40% of Kittitas County residents surveyed said it is a problem for them to
pay for medical care.
- Nearly all respondents agreed that the community is a safe place to live and raise
- Poverty, aging, and mental health are considered to be the biggest health problems
in Kittitas County.
- Alcohol abuse, being overweight, and drug abuse are considered to be the biggest
risky behaviors in Kittitas County.
- Good jobs and healthy economy, access to health care, and healthy behaviors/lifestyles
are considered to be the most important factors for quality of life in a healthy
- Kittitas County's high school graduation rate is 75%.
- 88% of pregnant women initiate prenatal care in the first trimester (compared to
- 11.5% of mothers smoked during pregnancy (compared to 10% statewide)
- 20% of sexually active 12th graders didn't use a condom the last time they had sexual
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