transforming health care in whatcom county
Phase I Executive Report (9/2011): An introduction to the Transforming Health Care Project and the vision for an improved health care system. It also includes the roster for each group that participated in Phase I.
Phase II Executive Report (updated 11/2012): An update on the Transforming Health Care Project and a description of upcoming activity.
Phase II Subcommittee Report (updated 11/2012): A Project update with of all Phase II activity, from initiation to present. It also includes information on the roster and charter of each Phase II Task Force.
whatcom county health reports
2012 Whatcom County Community Health Assessment In the fall of 2010, Whatcom County Health Department and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center launched a comprehensive community health assessment and planning process. Undertaken in collaboration with a wide range of community partners, the overall aim of this work was to identify key areas where the community can take action to improve community health and reduce health disparities. The assessment also fulfills public health accreditation and health care regulatory requirements.
2012 Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness Report This year’s point-in-time count is consistent and comparable with past years’ methods to measure people who are, literally, homeless at a single point in time.
2011 The Camden study The Camden study was commissioned by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for the purpose of informing physician recruitment undertaken by the entire medical community in Whatcom County over the next two to three years. A Physician Recruitment Overview Group has been formed to review the Camden report, further examine identified recruitment needs in detail with specialists in the community, and establish consensus recruitment priorities. This “overview group” is chaired by Cindy Klein, VP for Human Resources at SJMC, and Marcy Hipskind, MD, President, Family Care Network.
2011 Whatcom Prosperity Project The goal of this Project was to gain a detailed and broad understanding of the experiences of people living in poverty. This was seen as a necessary step toward making recommendations about resource and services allocation in our communities. The intent of this 2011 report is to provide an update of this needs assessment.
2010 Whatcom County Smiles During the 2009-2010 school year, the Washington State Department of Health Oral Health Program conducted the fourth statewide oral health screening survey of children. The purpose of the Whatcom County 2010 Smile Survey was to provide current surveillance information to support the development of programs and policies that ensure all children in Whatcom County are healthy and ready to learn.
2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey The Whatcom County Health Department partnered with the Washington State
Department of Health commissioning interviews to be conducted with Whatcom County residents. The interviews conducted in 2007 follow earlier surveys in 2002 and 1996 that were commissioned by the Whatcom County Health Department. In each of those years, the survey was modeled after the BRFSS survey and specifically addressed attitudes and behaviors that affect the wellness of Whatcom County resident.
2007 Obstetric Care Gap Analysis, In the summer of 2007, WAHA collaborated with Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to assess the current capacity and future needs of the Whatcom County population in terms of obstetric care.
2006 Whatcom County Health Care Provider Access Survey WAHA conducted this survey in collaboration with Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Incorporating input from various community stakeholders, these documents are used to inform the allocation of resources and the development of collaborative recruitment strategies.