The EWU study and our

"Erase Homelessness" Short Film

November 3rd, 2015

Partner with us as we work to #EraseStudentHomelessness and support the approximately 3,000 homeless students in K-12 in Spokane County. Below are the documents from our November 3rd Forum.


Read the Eastern Washington University Report by Dr. Deanna Trella and Dr. Tim Hilton. Watch and share our short film, Erasing Student Homelessness, by clicking on the following link:


Data: Priority Spokane Homeless Student Statistics

Spokane Regional Health District's: Missing the Foundation

Program: Community Forum Program

Ryan Oelrich, Executive Director, Priority Spokane



Read up on what's been happening internally at Spokane Priority.

Priority Spokane Awards $25,000 to WSU

for At Risk Assessment Tool

May 12, 2015

Priority Spokane is proud to announce the award of $25,000 to Washington State University (WSU) to develop the younger student (middle school) version of the Washington Assessment of Student Needs (ysWARNS) system.  WSU will establish ysWARNS in an online environment that allows for computer administration, computer scoring, and instant feedback to the person taking the test and the individual administering it.  Dr. Paul S. Strand, Associate Professor of Psychology at WSU, will oversee the research and implementation and will work in partnership with Spokane Public Schools to test and then pilot the assessment tool.


The ysWARNS pilot is seen as complimentary to the existing Community Attendance Support Team (CAST) process, but will more quickly identify at risk students for truancy and discipline issues.  The CAST process is largely credited with dramatically increasing middle school attendance rates in Spokane Public Middle Schools over the last three years.  By identifying at risk students even earlier, while in middle school, the hope is these students can be more quickly paired with the resources they need to remain healthy, attend school, and to graduate on time.

The funding for this grant comes from the Roadmaps to Health grant provided to Priority Spokane by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The ysWARNS project will culminate with a final report on its results and an identification of next steps in December 2015.


About Priority Spokane:  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.

Ryan Oelrich, Executive Director, Priority Spokane