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Communities Count: Social and Health Indicators Across King County

Project ID: 464

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/18/17
Project LocationKing County Washington
Lead OrganizationPublic/Private Partnership (see Description for Partners)
Type of Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Neighborhood, Municipality, County, Other

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Health, Housing, Land Use, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation


Project Description

Communities Count is a collaborative effort among public and private organizations to create recurrent reports on community indicators for King County. The Seattle Foundation is the fiscal sponsor; Public Health - Seattle & King County is lead for data collection and report production. Partners include: City of Bellevue, City of Renton, and the City of Seattle.

Communities Count reports offer a set of 38 social, health, environmental and arts indicators for use by city and county governments, public agencies, foundations, human service providers, non-profit agencies, community-based organizations, and King County residents, updated every three years. The indicators provide information that is inclusive of the social and geographic diversity of King County and a perspective on regional differences and inequities by race, income, education, age and gender. Each full report offers an in-depth focus on a timely and important issue. In response to the many requests for more timely information related to the economic downturn, Communities Count started providing monthly web-based updates on recession-linked indicators since May of 2009 as new data become available and adding supplemental data related to the impact of this recession.

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Stakeholder Engagement
    Broad, sustained engagement: Communities Count provides data and special reports on indicators about the health and well being of King County communities through a new web portal. Communities Count offers a promising practice for its innovative broad stakeholder engagement and community-driven process. Reports emphasize prevention and a long-term view of change and uses data to enhance understanding of what sustains healthy communities and families.


Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Supporting

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions:


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
A set of 38 social, economic, housing, health, safety, education, environmental and arts indicators organized in six domains: Basic Needs and Social Well-Being, Positive Development Through Life Stages, Safety and Health, Community Strength, Built and Natural Environment, and Arts and Culture

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Gloria Albetta
Public Health - Seattle & King County
401 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104

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