Understanding Child, Teen and Family Health in Our Community

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.

2018 Joint Community Health Needs Assessment

Together with the King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community (KCHHC) Seattle Children's published a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in 2018. In this CHNA, twelve hospitals and health systems in King County joined forces to identify important health needs and assets in the communities we serve. The report contains data on the description of community, life expectancy and leading causes of death and chronic illness. A summary of the report can be found by clicking here. Additionally, the KCHHC co-authored a 2018/2019 CHNA LGBTQ Community Spotlight Report.The summary can be found here.

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

  • More than just health insurance coverage, poverty plays a large role in families’ ability to access healthcare services. Lack of transportation and difficulty navigating the healthcare system continue to be barriers to accessing care.
  • 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.
  • Accessible mental and behavioral health services is an unmet need in many communities.
  • Disparities exist between the healthy eating and activity rates of youth, particularly when comparing white students to students of color.
  • Access to good education and care coordination at school is a top-ranked issue of concern.
  • Coordinated care and communication between healthcare providers, schools and families is critical to good health.
  • To meet the diverse needs in our community, culturally relevant services are needed.

Read more (PDF).

Next steps

Assessing the health of the community is an important step in developing community benefit programs. The results of the assessment helped us focus our efforts on the most urgent community health needs and develop our Community Health Improvement Plan. We have identified the following priority areas to work on:

  • Increase healthy eating, active living and food security for children and their families.
  • Provide better coordination of care for children and teens with chronic conditions.
  • Prevent suicide and invest in violence prevention activities.
  • Enhance access to mental and behavioral health services.

Read our 2016–2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (PDF) and progress report (PDF). Previous community health assessments are the King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community 2015/2016 CHNA (PDF) and the 2013 Pediatric Community Health Assessment (PDF).

Contact Us

Please email Community Benefit 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.