Chelan-Douglas Trends e-Newsletter

#2 – 2017

NEWS FROM THE REGION!

ALAN WALKER - PRESIDENT OF CHELAN & DOUGLAS UNITED WAY

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In 2008 the Chelan Douglas Trends website was launched, and those of us involved anticipated the resource would become a vital tool for government and social service organizations. Today, all sectors find the vast amount of information, housed in one easy to use site, an important resource and time saver.

Here at United Way we find the Chelan Douglas Trends website invaluable to our work. With our focus on early childhood education, alleviation of poverty and youth engagement we can easily access data points to help us understand changes, identify focus areas and develop strategy. Numbers help to tell a story, numbers remove the descriptor of "we think" to "we know". Numbers help us make decisions on where and how to allocate our resources to improve lives. But, of course it more than just numbers.

What is really great about the Trends website is the story behind the numbers. If you have not, I encourage you to visit the website, select any indicator and then select the "More Information" tab. This tab and the wealth of information it contains brings the numbers to life.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter, the stories it contains, and perhaps you will take a few minutes to visit the website, select an indicator and go one step further to discover what is behind the "More Information" tab.

INDICATOR NEWS


CDC 2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH STATUS INDICATORS

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The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an online web application that produces health status profiles for each of the 3,143 counties in the United States and the District of Columbia. The CHSI has been around since 2000 when it was released in "hard copy format" and was produced in its first interactive website in 2008. The CHSI 2015 redesign provides a completely revamped interactive experience, offers an updated list of "peer counties" for…

DATA.WA.GOV - "THE GENERAL PURPOSE OPEN DATA PORTAL FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON"

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This data hub provides access to data sites in Washington State such as: fiscal.WA.gov, geography.WA.gov, business.WA.gov, results.WA.gov, education research, a "new and notable" section, a "general data catalog" for the state, and education research.


CHILD WELL-BEING DATA PORTAL - WASHINGTON STATE COUNTY REPORTS

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Washington County Reports offers information on child welfare from the Child Well-Being Data Portal for each county in Washington State with populations over 25,000 people. Produced quarterly, the portal reports on "two major parts of the child welfare system: "Investigations & Assessments" and "Out-of-Home Care".

Specific to Chelan County, as of January 1, 2017, there were a total of 108 open investigations and assessments and as of April 1, 2017, there were a total of and 102 open out-of-home care cases with 42% of these involving children under 5-years…

INDICATORS IN ACTION

SHARE OF POPULATION IN POVERTY BELOW BENCHMARKS -

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A dichotomy of life in one of the most prosperous countries in the world is that a large segment of the population is living near, at, or below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). According to Child Fund International, "despite the fact that America is one of the world's wealthiest nations, poverty levels across the United States are among the highest of any developed nation."

Measuring poverty might be just as difficult as eliminating it. In fact, software is being developed using satellite imagery that…


RUNNING START CONTINUES STRONG ENROLLMENT -

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"Two Outs with One Pitch", "Double-Up", "Twofer", and Dual Credit high school courses - who says high schoolers can't have their cake and eat it too?

High school students who take full advantage of the Running Start (RS) program can complete their first two years of college at the same time they complete their last two years of high school.

RS students can take some or all of their classes at a college or university, and can participate in RS as high school juniors,…


ENROLLMENT PURPOSES DECLINING AT WVC -

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In the animal kingdom, creatures can learn through their environment and watching others. They are also born with some of the skillsets required to survive, such as spiders knowing how to spin a web, baby kangaroos knowing to find their mothers pouch, and salmon returning to their original waters. Humans not so much.

It is commonly known a highly educated workforce brings advantages to individuals, communities, and companies, but the job market has changed since the Great Recession. According to Georgetown…

5-QUESTIONS WITH:

FRANK KUNTZ - MAYOR CITY OF WENATCHEE

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Q: You are now in your second term as mayor of the City of Wenatchee. What are the major goals for your administration this term?
A
: I am focused. Our region needs to deal with our housing crisis. A less than 1% vacancy rate creates a situation where we actually have pent up demand due to a lack of units and choice. Renters need options and this lack of housing is hurting our region's employers who are working diligently to attract workers to great jobs including healthcare, education, research and more. We cannot begin to attract new business to our region if we do not have housing for our current population. To assist, we are working to expand our sewer system into Olds Station and Sunnyslope to encourage future housing development. Our basic city infrastructure also needs attention. Sidewalks in…