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Our World In Data

Our World In Data

Helping to understand the world’s largest problems
Although the Chelan-Douglas Trends Project is local in scale, the data we track are part of a larger global context. Local issues we are concerned about, such as health, population, food security, and education are also international issues. As such, there are also organizations and publications...
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2020 Decennial Census

2020 Decennial Census

Your Local Complete Census Count Committee

The decennial census, required by the U.S. Constitution, ultimately creates indispensable data at the national, state, county, municipal and sub-municipal levels. According to census.gov, the census attempts to count every person in the U.S. where they “live and sleep.” More than just a simple population count, the
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Local Data Helps Inform

Local Data Helps Inform

Fighting hunger, feeding hope in the Inland NW

It wasn’t too long ago estimating hunger relied mainly on Federal Poverty Level statistics. But the national estimates were inadequate when used to estimate hunger in smaller, more localized areas. This created a disparity of what statistically might qualify as food insecure in the national data to what is...
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Trends In Action

Assessed Property Values Leap Over Last 4-Years

It was once said, “People who grumble about taxes have one consolation - they don't have to pay what they think they're worth.” While tongue-in-cheek, the recent growth of the total assessed value of the total taxable property might be closing the gap of grumble and worth. Physical property constitutes...
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Low Income Homeownership Above State

Traditionally, home ownership has represented one way for households to maintain long-term affordable housing. Home ownership "locks-in" monthly payments (assuming fixed interest loan terms) that become more affordable provided household income...
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Affordability for First Time Buyers is on the Decline

Housing affordability for first time homebuyers, as seen in Indicator 6.3.3, depicts affordability of an important group of area home buyers in steady decline. A myriad of supply and demand issues has created a housing market becoming more and more difficult for...
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5-Questions With:

Dr. Peter Rutherford

Dr. Peter Rutherford

CEO, Confluence Health

 

Q1) Just a few short years ago, Central Washington Hospital merged with Wenatchee Valley Clinic to form Confluence Health. In the meantime, you have garnered many accolades for many outcomes, from patient experience to surgical excellence. What’s next for the organization?

A1) Our major focus right now is improving the care processes we use, to improve the outcomes from the patient’s perspective, and control our costs.  This involves engaging all the physicians and staff in this effort, as they are the ones doing the work day to day. 

Q2) The success of healthcare delivery is increasingly defined by a range of metrics. Which of the many measures for clinical care do you find most mission critical?

A2) As you say, there are many, really too many measures of success now.  I think some important ones are from an outcomes perspective in the shorter term are:

Pick a couple care metrics like diabetes “perfect care” and hypertension control. Well-functioning organizations who do well on these are probably doing well on many others.  Hospital readmission rates also measure how well a patient did in the hospital, but also how well they were helped in the transition back to outpatient care.  Then patient experience overall, did the patient feel that they received good care, that it was worth their time and effort to come in.

In the longer term we need to be following more community based metrics, like percent of population that is diabetic, how many people are having vascular events (MI or CVA), did diabetes control, hypertension control, smoking cessation make a difference?

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