Health & Well-Being Monitor

The first step to creating 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.

Our partners co-leading this important work giving residents a voice include the University of Washington-Bothell School of Nursing & Health Sciences, and Elway Research, along with a broad cross section of organizations including 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 is to:

  • Define health and wellbeing in the words of the people who live and work in Snohomish County.
  • Guide the focus of our work at the Providence Institute for a Healthier Community.
  • Provide valuable data to share with our partner organizations in Snohomish County.
  • Provide a way to measure progress toward a healthier Snohomish County.

Questions focus on:

  • What factors do residents think are important to health and wellbeing?
  • How satisfied are they with their own health and wellbeing?

Results of 2016 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 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…

During the second portion of this work, we 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 wellbeing on its own terms:

The Survey also produced the first overall health and well-being score – self reported by the people who live in Snohomish County. We asked them to rate four areas of health:

  1. Mental and emotional health
  2. Physical health
  3. Overall life satisfaction and happiness
  4. Overall health

Top 10 factors that influence Snohomish County residents’ perception of their health and wellbeing

  1. Relationships with friends & family
  2. Outlook on life
  3. Ability to get healthy food
  4. Access to medical care
  5. Access to transportation
  6. Sense of purpose
  7. Emotional and mental health
  8. Quality of housing
  9. Treatment by others
  10. 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 wellbeing.

How we’re using the Monitor

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 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 in these core areas:

Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health 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.

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