Assessment Program


Assessment Coordinator

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.

Community Health

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

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.

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.

Immunization status of adolescents / black & white version

More Information

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 diseases.
  • The two leading causes of death in Kittitas County are cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • 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 children.
    • 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 community.
  • Kittitas County's high school graduation rate is 75%.
  • 88% of pregnant women initiate prenatal care in the first trimester (compared to 76% statewide.)
  • 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 intercourse.

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