Understanding community needs for better health

April 24, 2017

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

To learn about the greatest health needs from the perspective of some of the most marginalized groups of people, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

Key findings in Snohomish County, Wash., include a high rate of opioid overdose deaths that is above the state average. In addition, rising rates of homelessness and a lack of access to primary care create barriers to health for those who are poor and vulnerable.

Working to remove barriers to health, together

Based on data and input gathered in the 2017 assessment, Providence’s community benefit investments and programs will be prioritized to address the following areas of need over the coming years: primary care access, substance abuse and homelessness.

“We are committed to focus on these three areas because they are core to our Mission of caring for those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Kim Williams, chief administrative officer for Providence Health & Services in Northwest Washington. “Working together with our community partners, I believe we have the expertise and focused ability to make a great impact.”

Providence brings together like-minded partners to develop community health plans, including the Snohomish Health District and the Providence Northwest Washington Community Ministry Board. The next step in addressing identified needs is the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan in 2017.

Measuring our success

Guided by the Community Health Needs Assessment, Providence Health & Services invested more than $62 million in community benefit across northwest Washington in 2016. Through programs and donations, health education, charity care, medical research and more, Providence fulfills unmet needs and improves the health and well-being of those we serve – especially for the most poor and vulnerable.