Chelan-Douglas Trends e-Newsletter

#1 – 2017

NEWS FROM THE REGION!

KAREN FRANCIS-MCWHITE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

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Without the Chelan-Douglas Trends, monitoring economic development metrics progress across Chelan and Douglas counties would be a Sisyphean task for me. As the new Executive Director for the North Central Washington Economic Development District, I help our members shape a data-backed comprehensive economic development strategy, and report regularly to our funders and other stakeholders on outcomes in our region. The diversity of data indicators monitored by the Trends team are proving to be a vital resource both for my reporting responsibilities AND for supporting strategic planning among our members.


INDICATOR NEWS

HANS ROSLING - THE BEST STATS VISUALIZATION YOU'VE EVER SEEN

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Times are changing - you don't have to be a complete data geek to enjoy data. With new visualizations and a variety of ways to compare data, it sometimes seems like new data presentations are appearing daily - some good and some not-so good.

On the good side, Hans Rosling, has a unique way of how he wants us to look at data. As a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, he realized that there was "broad ignorance about the rapid health improvement in Asia" and in response, developed a tongue-in-cheek "Chimpanzee Test" as part of…

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HEALTH INDEX

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According to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), the "Health Index was designed to support national and local discussions about how to improve American health policy and practice. It is part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies' commitment to improving the health of America by uniting policymakers, community leaders, healthcare professionals and business leaders around data-driven insights to spark real change. It provides a better understanding about which diseases and conditions most greatly affect Americans' overall quality of life."

Using internally generated data from…

WASHINGTON TRACKING NETWORK (WTN) - LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DATA

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"The Washington Tracking Network (WTN) is a public website where users can find data and information about environmental health hazards, population characteristics, and health outcomes."

Subtitled as "A Source for Environmental Public Health Data", the website is supported by a Cooperative Agreement, the Washington State Department of Health provides the content of the (WTN) website.

The WTN website is a multi-layered, interactive website. Users can access WTN quick information by subject, through…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

LOCAL LEVY REVENUE GENERATED PER FULL TIME EQUIVALENT PUPIL -

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Levy revenue is the portion of public school funding that comes from local tax revenue. In addition to local sources, public education is financed through state, federal and other sources in the State of Washington. Increases in revenue over time are beneficial to a community, given the well documented relationship between education and positive outcomes as young people become adults. This indicator highlights the degree to which local residents are willing and able to support public education in the form of local taxes relative to their collective economic…

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED RECOVERING SLOWLY -

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Residential building permits compose an important subset of total construction permits, and consequently an important activity in any economy. An increase in the number of residential building permits reflects an increase in population growth or a desire by current residents to change their dwelling, usually the most important financial asset of a family or household.

As in the case of general construction, changes in the quantity of these permits signal the direction of near-term activity to the construction trades and real estate…

POPULATION DENSITY IN WENATCHEE & EAST WENATCHEE HIGHER THAN BENCHMARKS -

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Population density goes hand in hand with population growth. Population density is one way to measure where growth occurs. Here, it is expressed as the number of people per square mile in Chelan and Douglas Counties and in the five cities and towns featured on this site.

In urban settings, minimum population density requirements must be met to financially support urban services, such as public transit, grocery stores, and other commercial amenities. However, without…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

LINDA EVANS PARLETTE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NORTH CENTRAL ACCOUNTABLE COMMUNITY OF HEALTH, CHELAN-DOUGLAS HEALTH DISTRICT
AND BARRY KLING - ADMINISTRATOR AND DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, CHELAN-DOUGLAS HEALTH DISTRICT

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Linda Evans Parlette
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Barry Kling

Q: You have been in the role of the Executive Director of the North Central Washington Accountable Community of Health (ACH) for a few months now. What are the organization's plans for 2017?
LEP
: I accepted the job as Executive Director in July 2016 but chose not to take a salary until my term as the State Senator for the 12th legislative district ended in January, 2017. Our early focus in 2017 has been to focus on our governing structure-filling in our Board, completing our by-laws, and preparing, as all ACHs are, to become certified. Certification is a two phase process with Phase One being completed in May and Phase Two in August. The details from the state will be forthcoming.

The state's application to the federal government for an 1115 Medicaid Waiver was accepted by CMS on January 11, 2017. It is now called a…