2023 Annual Health Summary
Whitman County Public Health (WCPH) is pleased to present our second annual Annual Health Summary. Whitman County and the health status of the community are constantly in flux. Health needs change from year to year. We intend to publish an Annual Health Summary each year as a supplement to the Community Health Needs Assessment to make sure our community members have up-to-date public health data at their fingertips.
The Purpose Of This Report Is To:
Serve as a data resource for community-based organizations, health care systems, and agencies make plans to meet health needs in Whitman County;
Highlight great work community members are doing to respond to identified health needs;
Identify any new Whitman County health needs the data show are emerging when compared with Healthy People 2030 targets.
2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Whitman County Public Health & the community worked together to identify our greatest strengths and needs.
Our Community Needs
Mental & Behavioral Health
Standard Of Living
Town-Specific Survey Results
Healthcare Access Survey
We held a public online survey on our website asking Whitman County Residents about their access to healthcare in our county. A sample of 109 Whitman County residents took this survey. To view the results, click the PDF link below.
Whitman County Public Health
2023 Annual Impact Report
Organizations, like human bodies, change and grow. Whitman County Public Health (WCPH) grew in 2023 to better meet our county’s health needs, while continuing crucial core public health work.
Visualize Annual Impact Report
Whitman County Public Health
2022 Strategic Plan
The strategic plan for Whitman County Public Health includes goals in four key areas. These key areas and the specific goal for each are outlined below.
Expanded & More People-Centered Programs
WCPH elevates the quality of life for community members through individualized care and services and the intentional expansion of programs.
Improved Public Awareness of and Trust in Services
WCPH improves public knowledge of, and builds trust in, services throughaccessible, transparent and useful information and programming.
Increased Collaboration with Partner Organizations
WCPH increases and maintains effective, authentic and respectful collaborations with partner organizations to meet our communities’ identified needs.
Sustainability and Efficiency of the Health Department
WCPH has effective and sustainable organizational management practicesand possesses adequate fiscal resources to efficiently meet its mission.
This service is provided at no-cost to non-profit, community organizations within Whitman County. For more information about this program or to submit your requests, email us at CommunityHealth@WhitmanCounty.net.
Your request should contain, at minimum, the following information:
- Date needed
- Purpose of request
- Specific data desired
- Specific data source, if known
- Geographic area
- Examples: Whitman County, zip, census tract, block group
- Demographic characteristics
- Time frame of data
- Examples: Are data from the most recent year of data OK? Most recent three years? Do you want to look at trends over a longer period? How old is too old?
Regular, updated data on Whitman County’s population is important to understand and support our community’s health & well-being.
We have access to data on vital statistics (births and deaths), hospitalizations, and population estimates. For information on health behaviors and risks, we use the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) or the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). We also use Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS).