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Changing Our Forecast: The State of Women and Children in Spokane County

The health and well-being of women and children are essential to vibrant and productive communities. This led WHWF to ask, how are Spokane County women and children doing? That is the question at the heart of this report. 

This project was a collaboration across a multitude of talented and skilled team members from Spokane Regional Health District, Innovia Foundation, MultiCare Health System, Providence Health Care, and Eastern Washington University

About the Report

We know a child’s future health and well-being are affected by the economic class into which they are born. A child born into poverty is more likely to have poorer health, lower educational attainment, and face more adversities than a child born into an economically stable family.

Where should we focus our attention to make a lasting and deep impact on issues facing so many of the women and children in our community? What can be done to alter the outcomes of women struggling to afford life’s most basic necessities? How can we reshape the future of a young girl who’s starting out in life with the odds already stacked against her?

Framed in a way that demonstrates the importance of poverty and childhood adversity and their potential to cycle across generations, this report provides synthesized data that shines a light on areas of greatest need, allowing us to proactively confront challenges and track need over time to determine whether or not we’re making a difference.

We believe we can. With your help, we believe we will.

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Our Hope

We offer this report to the community of Spokane in the hope that this will shine a light on data that will drive informed decision-making. We will continue to update the indicators and report annually on areas where we know we can make a difference.

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