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Understanding Child, Teen and Family Health in Our Community

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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.

2013 Community Health Assessment Report

We’re proud to share our 2013 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.

Key findings

  • Poverty plays a large role in families’ ability to access services.
  • Obesity is a shared concern.
  • Access to mental and behavioral health services is lacking.
  • Parents want more educational opportunities.
  • Coordinated care and communication between healthcare providers, schools and families is critical to good health.
  • Rural Washington and south King County were identified as geographic areas with high needs. Teens, refugees and immigrant families are particularly underserved.
  • Culturally relevant services are needed.

Next steps

These findings have helped us identify our community benefit strategies:

  • Access to high-quality healthcare
  • Coordinated care for children and teens with chronic conditions
  • Health equity and access in south King County
  • Obesity
  • 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:

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