In 2015, a King County Healthy Needs Assessment showed south King County, including Auburn, as the mostly negatively impacted areas in the state for health, housing and economic opportunity measures.
The study showed that life expectancy in our community is 13 years less than other parts of the county and that we have the highest percentages in mental health distress, adverse childhood experiences, smoking, obesity, diabetes, low income and unemployment.
Time For Change
To address these concerning findings, the Blue Ribbon Committee was formed by Mayor Backus with the goal of transforming the City of Auburn into the healthiest city in Washington by 2020.
This large committee of volunteers includes our clinical partner, MultiCare Health System, and representatives from seven major stakeholders: Auburn School District, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Green River College, Valley Cities Mental Health, Auburn Valley YMCA, HealthPoint, and Seattle-King County Public Health-Auburn.
Mission and Vision
The mission of Healthy Auburn For Life is to optimize the health and well-being of all through educations, participation, and innovation.
To meet that goal, the Committee has identified nine main topics that need to be addressed within the city:
- Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases
- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
- Obesity in Adults and Children
- Behavioral and Mental Health, Stress and Substance Abuse
- Special Populations :Homeless, Aging, and the Military
- Access to Healthcare, Quality Insurance, Costs & Primary Care
- Maternal Health
- Cultural Diversity, Quality, Care, Communication Circumstances
- Violence and Injury Prevention
Of these nine topics, the Committee has identified three critical issues to begin with:
- Healthy weight in adults and children
- Behavioral/mental health, stress, substance abuse, and smoking/tobacco use
- Maternal and child health
Follow us on our journey as we develop programs throughout the city to address these issues and as we move toward making Auburn the Healthiest City in Washington by 2020!
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Updates and Information
Naloxone and Narcan: Where To Find It
Naloxone and Narcan are drugs that can be administered to stop a fatal opioid drug overdose. The Blue Ribbon Committee has gathered a list of Auburn pharmacies where these drugs can be purchased or ordered.
*If there are additional Auburn pharmacies which stock these drugs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to our list.
Toolkit From Task Force To Combat The Heroin Epidemic
Congressman Dave Reichert recently sent the Blue Ribbon Committee a comprehensive toolkit of resources to assist with substance abuse and addiction in our region. The toolkit includes information and resources for those suffering from addiction, as well as family support tools, treatment and recovery support, and prevention services. Read the full toolkit here.