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Community Health Needs Assessment

A Community Health Needs Assessment is a process that's been mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to evaluate the health needs of a community that will then become the basis for a plan of action to address them. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 2012-2015 Community Health Needs Assessment provides an overview of the impact of cancer in Washington State. Among the assessment's findings:

  • Four out of every 10 people in Washington State will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • In 2006, 24 percent of the deaths in Washington were due to cancer.
  • Incidence rates for cancer in Pierce and Snohomish counties are above national and state averages.
  • Pierce County is considered a medically underserved community by the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Leading causes of cancer death in Washington in 2010 were:
    • Lung and bronchus cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Female breast cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
  • The top newly diagnosed cancers in Washington in 2006 were:
    • Female breast cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Lung and bronchus cancer
    • Melanoma
    • Colorectal cancer

The report also takes an in-depth look at the demographics of cancer incidence and death in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Read the full Community Health Needs Assessment here. See also the SCCA Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy presentation.

03-04-2014   SCCA Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy

09-09-2013   SCCA Community Health Needs Assessment 2012-2015 (1162kb)