Countywide Health & Well-Being Monitor
A Standard of Health & Well-Being for a Healthier Snohomish County
The annual Health & Well-being Monitor™ is a project to measure and improve health and well-being as defined by those who live and work in Snohomish County.
In 2015, an array of local partners contributed their voices to this important work to define health and well-being in the voice of our community: Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County, Everett Community College, Everett Housing Authority, Housing Hope, Lutheran Community Services, Seattle CityClub, Snohomish County Human Services, Snohomish Health District, The Daily Herald, Tulalip Tribes, UW Bothell, Verdant Health Commission and others.
The Purpose of the Monitor
- Create a standard measure of health & well-being for Snohomish County, defined by the people who live here.
- Monitor & report changes annually.
- Offer unprecedented local insights.
- Help Snohomish County flourish.
Building the Original Health & Well-being Monitor
In 2015, more than 130 residents shared what’s most important to them through community-based participatory research:
- Focus groups and listening sessions with over 130 participants selected at random to ensure a representative cross section of Snohomish County.
- Intercept interviews on the street.
- Windshield surveys.
- Reader surveys through The Daily Herald.
During these listening sessions, we learned Snohomish County residents define health and well-being with these 24 attributes:
In 2016, we launched the first annual Snohomish County Health & Well-being Monitor. An independent research firm surveyed 751 participants county-wide. Their responses validated the importance of the 24 attributes. We also found those 24 attributes clustered into six broad dimensions of health and well-being—showing us for the first time how our own community defines health and well-being on its own terms:
Highlights from the Institute’s 2015-2016 Foundational Research:
Top 10 factors that influence Snohomish County residents’ perception of their health and well-being.
- Relationships with friends & family
- Outlook on life
- Ability to get healthy food
- Access to medical care
- Access to transportation
- Sense of purpose
- Emotional and mental health
- Quality of housing
- Treatment by others
- Ability to get health information
Significant Demographic Factors
- Satisfaction scores increased in tandem with education and income levels.
- Satisfaction scores were far lower among those that reported discrimination.
- “Treatment by others” was a significant factor impacting health and well-being.
The Health and Well-Being Monitor Measures the Six Dimensions of Health
Providence Institute for a Healthier Community and its many partners are working to make flourishing health and well-being a reality for everyone in Snohomish County. Building our work and priorities around the way people think about their own health, we are using the Health & Well-being Monitor outcomes as a guide for our efforts. We are supporting community, education and outreach and have organized all of our work around these core areas:
Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Well-being including outlook on life, and sense of purpose and meaning.
Relationships/Social Connections with a focus on healthy relationships and treatment by others.
Security & Basic Needs with a focus on financial security and access to healthy food, safe housing, transportation, medical care & health information.
Physical Health with a focus on physical activity and healthy diets.
Work, Learning & Growth with a focus on meaningful work and a healthy workplace, education and personal growth.
Neighborhood & Environment with a focus on safety and the condition of neighborhood and communities we live in.
Tailored Community Health & Well-being Monitor™
Self-defined communities of any size are now able to run a tailored Health & Well-being Monitor, with questions pertinent to individual communities, and results benchmarked to countywide averages. A growing number of organizations and jurisdictions are using the My Community Health & Well-Being Monitor to set health and well-being priorities for communities that traditionally have not had a voice, or access to resources of this kind. For more information, contact PIHC at 425-261-3344.