Priority Spokane serves as a catalyst and convener in Spokane County for data-driven and

focused improvements in economic vitality, education, the environment, health, and community safety.

 

We're stoked about our Culture of Health Award from RWJF-click  the icon to the right to read more!

 

OUR CURRENT FOCUS

 

Our current priority is to help stabilize the lives of homeless and at-risk of becoming homeless children in grades K-8 and their families in Spokane County.  By stabilizing these students now, we can prevent significant trauma to the student and to their communities in the future. And we’ve seen promising results! From 2016-2017 Spokane Public Schools have seen a 25% decrease in homeless students. (Inlander).

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ADDRESSING OUR CURRENT FOCUS: STUDENT HOMELESSNESS

An eye-opening video discussing student homelessness and mental health in Spokane.

LATEST NEWS

Here's what's been happening internally with Priority Spokane.

“At a stakeholder’s forum in March of 2018 Priority Spokane concluded its collaborative 6 month community assessment for Spokane County.  The process identified the following top three priorities for the region which will be addressed over the next 3-5 years by Priority Spokane and its partners: 1. Reduce Impacts of Family Trauma and Violence, 2. Increase Access and Services for Residents with Co-occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues, and 3. Improve the Availability of Affordable Housing.  In 2019 Priority Spokane will conclude our 3 year pilot project addressing the current priority of stabilizing homeless students and their families while preparing to select our next priority from the top three identified.

 

 

 

Basic Information on the Community Assessme

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Spokesman Review Article: Group representing community interests selects family trauma and violence as Spokane’s No. 1 priority to address

 

"6 month community assessment for Spokane County"

 Tuesday, March 27th 2018

Spokane’s priority for the next five years will be reducing family trauma and violence.

 

A monthslong community assessment organized by the nonprofit Priority Spokane ended Tuesday with representatives from a broad group of government, private and nonprofit organizations selecting that goal from 17 possible options.

 

The second slot went to increasing access to substance abuse treatment, especially with co-occurring mental illnesses. The third most popular option was increasing affordable housing. Of about 130 people attending, 117 cast a vote.

Rachel Alexander

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WHAT WE DO

Learn more information about our goals and achievements, awards we have earned, and

what we hope to accomplish in the future.

Priority Spokane is a unique collaboration of organizations working to create a vibrant future for Spokane County.  Our goal is to foster measurable improvements in key areas of community vitality.  By focusing efforts on a few priorities associated with economic vitality, education, the environment, health and community safety, Priority Spokane aims at creating a thriving community for all who live and work here.

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OUR MISSION

 

Priority Spokane is an endeavor to create a vibrant future for Spokane County by implementing community-defined goals.  It is through collaborative and focused efforts on improvements to economic vitality, education, the environment, health and community safety that Spokane County will be a flourishing community for all who live and work in Spokane County.

OUR FRAMEWORK

Changing our focus creates continuous growth and vitality in the city of Spokane.

WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR

 

Priority Spokane partnered with community organizations to successfully raise our graduation rate from below 60% to above 80% in just five years!  Priority Spokane realized that by assuring the success of our students we assured the health and success of our community, our economy, and Spokane County as a whole

GRADUATION RATES

INCREASED

 

Priority Spokane has created an award-winning and data-driven process to identify and address Spokane’s biggest problems.  By allowing data and research guide our decisions, we can tackle problems with laser point precision! One of the important resources we utilize to track data is the Spokane Community Indicators website.

Visit it here.

AWARD WINNING

DATA DRIVEN PROCESS

 

Priority Spokane brings together government, education, business, health, philanthropy, nonprofit, and community leaders to address our community’s biggest problems.  Over 150 community members provided input, feedback, resources, and support during our last project.  Community leadership, ownership, and involvement from all parties is key!

LEADERSHIP

INVOLVEMENT

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WHO WE ARE

Priority Spokane is run by a large group of community members.

We could not accomplish what we do without them.

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OUR CURRENT FOCUS:
MENTAL HEALTH & AT-RISK HOMELESSNESS

 

Our current priority is to help stabilize the lives of homeless and at-risk of becoming homeless children in grades K-8 and their families in Spokane County. By stabilizing these students now, we can prevent significant trauma to the student and to their communities in the future. And we’ve seen promising results! From 2016-2017 Spokane Public Schools have seen a 25% decrease in homeless students. (Inlander)

 

Press on our progress.

IN THE NEWS

GAP ANALYSIS

 

The steps we've determined are necessary to reach our goals.

There are limited initiatives currently focusing on K-8th grade students and their families that are imminently at-risk of being homeless or are doubled up (unstably housed) with another family/friends; these families do not qualify for HUD funding or housing assistance.

 

By stabilizing these families, we are preventing the trauma students would experience by being homeless. We define mental health in its broadest sense, not referring solely to diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Specifically, we are looking at preventing the chronic, traumatic stress experienced by homeless students.

WHERE WE ARE IN OUR PROCESS

We've found a 3-5 year system that works. Here's an infographic that shows how and where we are in determining and achieving our goals.

 

After evaluating data

and research, Priority Spokane's Steering Committee identified homelessness

and mental health as the largest problem facing

Spokane County.

 

 

Looking at research and

data, the focus was

narrowed to target

students K-8 and their families who are homeless

 or at risk of becoming homeless.

Priority Spokane

evaluated data from

Community Connectors

and other sources to fully understand the problem and identify an approach.

 

 

Priority Spokane awarded a $40,000 grant to EWU to research and identify evidence-based strategies to stabilize children in grades K-8 and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

 Thanks to funding from the Spokane Regional Health District, Providence, Inland Northwest Community Foundation, and Umpqua Bank, specially trained Community Health Workers have been placed in 3 Spokane County Elementary schools to identify, support, and stabilize homeless K-8th students and their families.

Priority Spokane has partnered with the Spokane Regional Health District(SRHD) to evaluate and learn from our 3 year pilot project. SRHD will evaluate the length of time it took to house a family, length of contact with families, how often families were contacted, overall stability of the family, the student’s academic progress, etc.

RESEARCH

Research is extremely important when finding a solution to any conflict or problem, and this priority is no different.

CONTRIBUTION:

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Making measurable change in our community will require community-wide action through collaboration of agencies and organizations and through individual action, such as volunteering and contributing resources.

DONATE TO PRIORITY SPOKANE

AS LITTLE AS

$50

HELPS US

BETTER

OUR COMMUNITY

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HOW IT HELPS/WHERE IT GOES

The Priority Spokane Fund has been established within the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. To contribute, click on the "donate" button to your left, or copy and paste the link listed below. Select Priority Spokane Fund from the drop-down list in step 1. The Steering Committee will make decisions on the award of funds in the form of grants to non-profits and agencies working on Priority Spokane issues.

Once completed, jump up and down in excitement that you have contributed to a cause that helps the entire  community of Spokane. Also, close your eyes and imagine all of the high fives and thank you's that we're sending your way.

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

United Way connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations who need help (like Priority Spokane!). Access their volunteer site to find out who and how you can help by donating your time.

ACCESS UNITED WAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HERE

Spokane Cares is a fantastic community organization that matches volunteers to service. Check out their volunteer site to find out more about donating your time.

RESOURCES

Homeless and housing resources.

Click on the categories below to view corresponding options.

OUR OFFICE PHONE

(509) 499-0536

OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS

PrioritySpokane@outlook.com

CONTACT US

We'd love to hear from you regarding any general questions, suggestions, or comments.

We're a busy group that is constantly working to reach our goals, but will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

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