205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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:
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.
The Washington State Department of Ecology Air Quality Division commissioned the Kittitas County Public
Health Department (KCPHD) to conduct a county wide survey of Kittitas County residents. The purpose
of the survey was to assess attitudes and beliefs around the issue of air quality in Kittitas County
as well as to estimate the impact of community burning behaviors on fine particulate matter pollution.
The findings of both reports will be used to inform future outreach and education campaigns related
to improving air quality and increasing the incidence of clean burning practices in Kittitas County.
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.
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.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.