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Healthy Community Initiative
Community Needs Assessment


Issaquah strives to be a sustainable and healthy community where every person is important and where meeting basic human needs is a shared responsibility between individuals and the community. 

In addition, the City Council set a goal to keep Issaquah moving toward this vision.  

In 2016, City staff produced a whitepaper, Building a Healthy Community, to shape policy decisions to enhance the Issaquah community's overall health.

In 2017, the City worked with an 11-member advisory group and consultant Health Resources in Action to conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA). The goal of the CNA was to identify priority health and human services disparities within Issaquah, which will in turn help us determine ways to address these challenges. The assessment was completed in summer 2017 with a final report and presentation to City Council in September.

Next steps include broad dissemination of the assessment findings and themes, early action items to begin addressing key themes, and development of a Healthy Community Strategy to direct work over the next 3-5 years.   

Presentations continued through the end of 2017. In 2018, the CNA themes and findings have been integrated into the upcoming Human Services funding cycle. 

The major body of work for 2018 will be the development of a Healthy Community Strategy. A final strategy is anticipated for adoption by City Council by the end of 2018.  

Agendas & Meeting Notes

Find meetings and legislative records related to the 2017 Community Needs Assessment in the archive center.

Issaquah Contacts
Staff Liaison
David Fujimoto, Sustainability Director

Community Needs Assessment Advisory Group
Meghan Altimore,
Rana Amini, 
International Community Health Services
Jerry Blackburn,
Friends of Youth
Deborah Franke,
Derek Franklin,
Human Services Commission
Penny Lara,
King County Metro
Margarita Leas,
Cultural Bridges for Education

Jennifer Ramirez Robson,
King County Housing Authority
Pam Ridenouer, Issaquah School District
Liz Swanson,
Eastside Friends of Seniors
Cori Walters,
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank