From Conversations to Data: Understanding Our Community's Strengths and Concerns
SIX topics to explore:
What Does Our Community Look Like?
Building a Healthy Foundation: Basic Needs and Supports
Supporting Behavioral, Emotional, and Physical Well-being: Access to Care
Ensuring a Safe Community: Community Violence and Safety
Creating a Healthier Community: Change is Possible
Opportunity Index: Policy Solutions
"I don't know what it's like living in other areas. We have the haves and the have nots. The leap is so large, I don't know if I'll ever cross it. My life in Spokane has been a fight".
- "Our Girl" Willow
This report is for YOU!
Our collective dream is that this report will contribute to improving our lives, our community, and our world in ways large or small.
This report is dedicated in solidarity with all women who call Spokane County home. Together we are a community of “Our Girls” and we deserve opportunities to live our best lives.
We believe in collective collaboration between funders, researchers, and community organizations. A big thanks to these project funders:
Spokane County indicators tell us:
Girls are increasingly more likely than boys to consider suicide.
Social service programs help families build stable foundations.
Accidents, self-harm lead as causes of death for children and youth after the first year of life.
Gender gaps in income leave single moms and their children behind.
Transportation-related stress affected at least one in four hispanic and multicultural women.
A third of women- and half of young women- lived in an unstable housing situation in the last 5 years.
Older adults on Medicaid and those who spokane a language other than english were less likely to be able to access mental health care.
Four in ten mothers with poor mental health miss out on treatment.
Examples, experiences, and “Our Girls” quotes, drawn from interviews with local women.
Bright spots highlighting innovative solutions and supports in our community.
Viewpoints sharing perspectives from literature or local providers.
3 WAYS TO LEARN MORE
We partnered with Spokane Regional Health District to provide a dashboard that will be updated annually with new trends.
This complementary dashboard includes many of the indicators presented in this report as well as some additional information, particularly related to community violence
This summary provides a snapshot of some of the key issues included in the full report.
Each chapter of the full report draws on indicators (data), conversations with "Our Girls", and so much more!
What else can our community do to ensure "Our Girls" can build stable foundations?
Ensure all families can afford basic needs and access vital resources.
Improve access to culturally centered mental health resources for all ages.
Support programs and policies that help children grow in resilient households.
Create opportunities to ensure everyone feels a sense of belonging and connectedness through shared decision making.
Build pathways to communities and resources that support wellness.
Opportunities to get involved!
Give your time or talent- Reach out to one of the many nonprofits and ask how you can give back. Visit www.volunteerspokane.org for a list!
Lend your voice- Many organizations are working to develop policies that make changes upstream of key issues. Subscribe to email updates from the WA Women's Commission at www.wswc.wa.gov.
Amplify your impact- Together we're growing a group of local, engaged, and strategic givers.
Whether you can give a little or a lot, it all adds up! Consider a monthly donation.
Giving Circles help democratize philanthropy, and we welcome people of all giving levels.
Through our process, donors build strong connections and increase their engagement in the community.