In 2016, Okanogan county ranked 36 out of 39 Washington counties in overall health. We know that building a healthier community involves centering resources around those who experience the poorest health, and understanding that the struggles of these same neighbors are often complex. Some children are unable to learn because they don’t have healthy food to eat, some families live out of their car because home isn’t safe, and the chronic depression of some parents goes untreated because their own well-being is the last priority.
With support from a new grant through the Department of Early Learning, we are sharpening our focus on the needs and strengths of our most vulnerable local families: those at highest risk of child abuse. Our approach will bring together resources and tools that matter most and, as always, help families build self-determined pathways to well-being.
Read on to learn how a few of our programs are supporting healthy, resilient families and righting the health inequities that affect them most.