Bridge in downtown Spokane

“The health and well-being of women and children are essential to vibrant and productive communities – this is a concept that is central to public health.”

-Stacy Wenzl
Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)

We already knew that a child’s future health and well-being are affected by the economic class into which they were born. A child born into poverty is more likely to have poorer health, lower educational attainment, and face more adversities than a child born into an economically stable family.

Where should we focus our attention to make a lasting and deep impact on issues facing so many of the women and children in our community? What can be done to alter the outcomes of women struggling to afford life’s most basic necessities? How can we reshape the future of a young girl who’s starting out in life with the odds already stacked against her?

Framed in a way that demonstrates the importance of poverty and childhood adversity and their potential to cycle across generations, this report provides synthesized data that shines a light on areas of greatest need, allowing us to proactively confront challenges and track need over time to determine whether or not we’re making a difference.

We believe we can. With your help, we believe we will.



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This was a collaborative project funded by...

Spokane Regional Health District
Innovia Foundation
MultiCare BetterConnected
Providence Health Care
Eastern Washington University