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Healthy Auburn For Life

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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.  

Blue Ribbon CommitteeTime 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:

  1. Healthy weight in adults and children
  2. Behavioral/mental health, stress, substance abuse, and smoking/tobacco use
  3. 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!

Check back here often for more Committee updates and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events!

Updates and Information

Seven Tips For Improving Mental Health

The resources on this page are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.

If you are in need of help, please contact a qualified mental health care provider. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health Tip 1 


Eat a healthy diet; exercise regularly, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week; rest/refresh, make sure you get enough sleep - avoid using the computer at least one hour before bedtime.

Mental Health Tip 2 


Make time for yourself; accept who you are; surround yourself with good people; talk about your feelings.

Mental Health Tip 


Smoking, drinking, drugs.

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Know your talents/interests; join a club; find a hobby; participate and share interests; do something you are good at.


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Quiet your mind; practice meditation or yoga; understand nothing is perfect; get/stay organized; set realistic goals; get help when needed; don't look at all the "issues" you face at the same time, take one at a time.

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Try pet-sitting, dog-walking, or owning a pet.

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Help others; challenge yourself.



READY logoThe R.E.A.D.Y. Program

The R.E.A.D.Y. (Real Emergency Aid Depends on You) Program is designed to provide information about common behavioral and mental health issues through a one-hour course that teaches basic, practical skills to use in emergent mental health situations and crises. The program provides direction on how to communicate with someone experiencing a mental health crisis until first responders arrive on site and what to expect once they do arrive. 

If you are interested in receiving a free copy of the R.E.A.D.Y. program for use in your community, please email pbailey@auburnwa.gov.

Prevent Drug OverdoseNaloxone 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.

View Locations (Last update 4/17)

*If there are additional Auburn pharmacies which stock these drugs, please email pbailey@auburnwa.gov and we will add them to our list. 

heroin task forceToolkit 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.