Understanding Child, Teen and Family Health in Our Community

2013 Community Health Assessment cover

We strive to ensure patients have exceptional and equal access to high-quality care while addressing identified child, teen and family health needs in the community.

Through a community health assessment, we are gaining a better view of the health needs and strengths in the communities we serve. In partnership with families, public health, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, we are using what we learn to collaboratively address the most urgent needs.

2016 Community Health Assessment Report

We’re proud to share our Community Health Assessment Report (PDF) and executive summary (PDF). We compiled child and adolescent data and feedback from community stakeholders and families to describe the health of children, teens and families in Washington state and King County, with a focus on south King County. Our 2019 health assessment that is currently underway will include analysis of the entire Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI) region.

Key findings

  • Poverty plays a large role in families’ ability to access services.
  • Access to mental and behavioral health services is lacking.
  • Disparities exist between the healthy eating and activity rates of youth; disparities are observed most when comparing white students to students of color.
  • Parents want more educational opportunities.
  • Coordinated care and communication between healthcare providers, schools and families is critical to good health.
  • Suicide rates are on the rise and suicide by firearm was the leading cause of violence related injury among youth ages 13–19 in Washington state.
  • Culturally relevant services are needed.
  • Access to care is more than health insurance. Lack of transportation and difficulty navigating the healthcare system continue to be barriers to accessing care.

Next steps

These findings have helped us identify our community benefit strategies:

  • Healthy Eating, Active Living and Food Security
  • Coordinated Care for Children and Teens With Chronic Conditions
  • Suicide and Violence Prevention
  • Mental and Behavioral health

Read our 2013–2016 Community Benefit Implementation Plan (PDF) and progress report (PDF).

Contact Us

To find out more about the Community Health Assessment and how you or your organization can partner with Seattle Children’s to improve the health and safety of children and families in the region, please contact: