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Healthy Community Initiative
Community Needs Assessment

Overview

Issaquah strives to be a sustainable and healthy community where every person is important and where meeting basic human needs is a shared responsibility between individuals and the community. 

In addition, the City Council set a goal to keep Issaquah moving toward this vision.  

In 2016, City staff produced a whitepaper, Building a Healthy Community, to shape policy decisions to enhance the Issaquah community's overall health.

In 2017, the City worked with an 11-member advisory group and consultant Health Resources in Action to conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA). The goal of the CNA was to identify priority health and human services disparities within Issaquah, which will in turn help us determine ways to address these challenges. The assessment was completed in summer 2017 with a final report and presentation to City Council in September.

Next steps include broad dissemination of the assessment findings and themes, early action items to begin addressing key themes, and development of a Healthy Community Strategy to direct work over the next 3-5 years.   

Timeline
Presentations to community groups and partner organizations will continue through the end of 2017. Work on several early action items, including integration of the CNA themes and findings into the upcoming Human Services funding cycle, will be initiated in Fall 2017 through 2018. 

The major body of work for 2018 will be the development of a Healthy Community Strategy. A final strategy is anticipated for adoption by City Council in Fall 2018.  

Funding
Funding for work in 2018 will be set via the City’s 2018 budget process. 

Agendas & Meeting Notes


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Issaquah Contacts
Staff Liaison
Martha Sassorossi, Human Services/Social Sustainability Coordinator
425-837-3416

Community Needs Assessment Advisory Group
Meghan Altimore,
Hopelink
Rana Amini, 
International Community Health Services
Jerry Blackburn,
Friends of Youth
Deborah Franke,
Swedish
Derek Franklin,
Human Services Commission
Penny Lara,
King County Metro
Margarita Leas,
Cultural Bridges for Education

Jennifer Ramirez Robson,
King County Housing Authority
Pam Ridenouer, Issaquah School District
Liz Swanson,
Eastside Friends of Seniors
Cori Walters,
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank